Page 7 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Like many of the other QNAP devices out there, the QNAP TS-219P II is a great performing NAS, packed with many features that occupies a small amount of room for its ability to accommodate two hard disks with hot swap trays -- yet retaining great power efficiency as demonstrated on the previous page. It is also very easy to setup and use out of the box, as well as maintaining it after deployment through QNAP's excellent web configuration interface. Not only that, it is loaded with a great deal of features up its sleeves. Everything is very well organized, and works so well out of the box, that my good buddy sitting next to me can very well configure such a device with little to no problems. Even though the TS-219P II is more consumer oriented (It is not part of the company's business oriented NAS boxes), the software is not intentionally crippled at all -- you will still get 99% of the great features.
Generally speaking, in terms of performance, it is fast, consistent, and very reliable. The single core Marvell Kirkwood processor also kept up with our demands very well. To simulate a demanding multi-user SOHO environment, I got three separate computers copying data to and from the TS-219P II, and another computer streaming 1080p video all at the same time. CPU load was no more than 40%, with no signs of streaming lag either. For the price you are paying, a dual core processor would be nice, but in this particular case, the single core should be suffice for most cases.
All in all, I was very impressed with the performance of the TS-219P II. QNAP continues to use their V3 firmware with an excellent web UI. The AJAX powered web configuration interface is not only clean and structured, but it is also very functional. Its clean and smooth design is visually very appealing and modern. Although packed with many features, organization was a key factor, and QNAP has definitely kept that in mind. If you want a full-featured NAS and want to jump aboard the QNAP ship today, the TS-219P II is your ticket to the beginning of awesomeness for about $300 at press time. Yes, it is not cheap, but remember -- it is not just the hardware that counts, it's also the software. And watch out -- once you get this, you might be tempted to upgrade to the TS-559 Pro II down the road...
QNAP provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH:Renewal Award | APH Review Focus Summary:
9/10 means Excellent product with very minor drawbacks that does not affect the overall product.
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that aren't likely going to matter to the end user.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 8.2/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The QNAP TS-219P II packs many features under the hood for such a small NAS, with the same brilliant user interface for a consistent experience with much higher priced models from the company.
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1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware
3. Configuration and User Interface, Part I
4. Configuration and User Interface, Part II
5. Configuration and User Interface, Part III
6. Performance and Power Consumption
7. Final Thoughts and Conclusion