QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS server

The Good The QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS server has an excellent drive bay design. The server is relatively fast and offers lots of advanced features, such as RAID configurations, iSCSI, the MyCloudNAS service, and support for Apple's Time Machine and four IP cameras for a surveillance system.

The Bad The QNAP TS-412's performance could be better and its surveillance application could use some improvement. The server isn't for novice users and its operating system is selectively buggy.

The Bottom Line The QNAP TS-412 makes a very good NAS server for environments where advanced network storage is needed.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 6.0
7.3 Overall

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QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS server
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Review

QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS server

The QNAP TS-412 NAS server is the four-bay version of the two-bay QNAP TS-259 and competes directly with Synology's DiskStation DS410. While the TS-412 beats the DS410 hands-down in terms of hard-drive bay design, it's inferior in performance and robustness. Considering the DS410 was released a long time ago, we expected the new TS-412 to do better.

Nonetheless, the new QNAP NAS server is in no way to be taken lightly. It's one of a few NAS servers on the market that offer a great combination of performance and features while managing to remain relatively easy to use, at least for advanced users. It also offers a host of advanced features and its performance in our tests proved itself sufficient for even heavy data sharing and storage needs.

At a price of around $460 (no hard drive included), the QNAP TS-412 makes a very good investment, especially with its convenient hard-drive bay design. If you're looking for something even better and don't mind opening it up to service the hard drives, we'd also recommend the Synology DiskStation DS410.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand QNAP Systems, Inc.
  • Total Storage Capacity 0 GB
  • Compatibility Mac, PC, Unix
  • Connector Type 7 pin external Serial ATA
  • Type hot-swap
  • Data Link Protocol Gigabit Ethernet
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