QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NASMar 2nd, 2010 | By Simon
Pro. The abbreviation for Professional and that’s exactly what the QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS package portrays. The Turbo NAS stands at the forefront with the device name and features in the background. There is no flashy artwork to distract you from the facts: the TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS probably has more power and memory than most desktops in the office.
The back and sides of the package are full of information. On the side we have the complete hardware and software specifications. On the back QNAP discuss’ iSCSI and Virtualization Function Deployment, Advanced RAID Management with hot-swap design and various server features: file server, backup server, remote replication, FTP server, surveillance station, web server, printer and IPv6. On the last side we have a front and back view of the TS-259 Pro and some features and specifications in four languages. Unfortunately the top doesn’t very much, not even a carrying handle.
Pulling the lid open, we can see that the TS-259 Pro is protected in a plastic bag as well as by being enclosed in soft foam. You would have to drop the package from a good height before the Turbo NAS itself would compress the Styrofoam and suffer any damage. The accessories include an AC power cord, AC power adapter, two network cables, a bag of screws and an installation CD.
As we can see in the photo below, there is certainly a lot of protection given to the Turbo NAS and rightfully so. With an MSRP of $600, I would be very disappointed if it arrived at my door dented due to mediocre packaging.
The tower has a gunmetal steel cover with a black plastic front. The two hot-swappable drive cages occupy two-thirds of the front with the last third occupied by status LEDs, a power button, a one-touch backup button and a USB port.
One side of the chassis is slotted for ventilation while the other side and the top are polished smooth.
The top also features a sticker indicating the drive number orientation. This will come in handy for troubleshooting if the device detects a failure in one of your drives. The bottom has four rubber feet. The weight of the Turbo NAS, approximately five pounds with two hard drives installed, makes it heavy enough that the rubber feet will dampen any vibration caused by the cooling fan and drive activity as well as prevent the NAS from sliding off your table if accidentally pushed.
On the backside we have a single 80mm fan exhaust, a monitor connection for troubleshooting, two gigabit ethernet ports, 4 USB ports, 2 eSATA ports, a DC power plug and a K-Slot. Every useable inch has been occupied.
Before we proceed to initializing the TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS we’ll have a peek at the features and specification.