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QNAP TS-412

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The TS-412 is essentially a clone of the TS-419P II, sans the LCD and lacking in USB 3.0 support. It’s still Marvell powered though, with a 88F6281 chip running at 1.2GHz keeping things in order with its 256MB of DDR2. eSATA and dual gigabit Ethernet are still here as well as all of the software perks of sharing the QNAP OS.

As for performance, you’re looking at mid-50MB/s, which puts it between the Netgear NV+ V2 and the D-Link DNS-345 in the sub-£300 unpopulated bracket. If you don’t mind losing 10MB/s in favour of more software features, then this is a strong contender.

QNAP TS-412 4-bay NAS drive

Reg Rating 75%
Price £269 (unpopulated)
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Synology DiskStation DS412+

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Topping the class in performance today is the DS412+, with a dual-core 2.13GHz Intel Atom D2700 CPU and 1GB of DDR3 this is hardly surprising. There’s an array of connectivity options including USB 3.0, eSATA and dual gigabit LAN. To complement all of this is Synology’s fantastic DiskStation Manager operating system, which is by far and away the best designed NAS OS out there.

In addition to standard RAID levels, these servers also support Synology Hybrid Raid, which makes expanding volumes with new disks a much less painful experience. As far as unpopulated systems go, it’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s worth it.

Synology DiskStation DS412+ 4-bay NAS drive

Reg Rating 95%
Price £509 (unpopulated)
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