Have you seen any reviews pitting the QNAP against the Synology 209, which was one of the winners in the PC Pro test?I'm looking at a QNAP TS-239 myself, or maybe a TS-439 at a push. They're a bit pricey as they're new, but they're some of the first to use Atom processors and should have a fair bit of processing power but yet are still low powered.
With reviews on quality and spec, I'm sold on QNAP's kit. ReadyNAS seems a bit "cheap" to me. But then it looks like you get what you pay for.
As I say, I've got a self-build, but I keep going through PSUs on it as it's not really server grade kit. To get suitable for 24/7 it's going to have to be made of components equivalent to a fairly decent spec NAS anyway (or go for a rack mount which is getting pretty expensive).so as usual, you get what you pay for and unless you want the convenience of a ready built NAS, then its almost always cheaper to build a seperate server for all your different tasks......
Problem is, being the latest technology, it's twice the price! (£400 aprox at the moment for a 2 bay model. The 439 is the 4 bay version at £600. And that's without discs!).
I just ordred one of those myself. Will be setting it up next week with either Ubunto server or maybe Vortexbox, havent decided yet.