QNAP's TS-669L can store all your content and play it directly to your TV, though HD playback could be smoother
The TS-669L includes a handheld remote control to handle media center duties, and the only problem I encountered was the lack of page-up and page-down buttons. However, there are also smartphone-based remotes and applications that can be used to smooth out the media center process.
In fact, the Qremote smartphone app (iOS) is amazingly handy, offering a way to control the NAS through your wireless network. From the phone app, you can access all the functions present on the traditional remote, but you can also use the touchscreen as a remote mouse, which makes navigating certain apps much easier. In addition, there's a keyboard on the app, so text entry becomes simple. Overall, this is a slick and very useful app.
There's also a Qmanager app (iOS, Android) that allows for management of the device itself. It too is a very attractive and usable application, displaying CPU and RAM usage meters and quick access to further resource monitors for disk, bandwidth, process, and connected user information. You can also check backup status, view logs, and access the download station.
The TS-669L is a very capable NAS and a good media center solution, with the exception of the video artifacts in some high-definition video files. That is the only reason the Performance score is not higher.
For the home user, the QNAP TS-669L offers a ton of usability in a compact and attractive package. For the business user, it offers a wide variety of services in a single box. However you choose to use the TS-669L, it will likely be a positive experience.
This story, "Review: QNAP NAS meets XBMC media center," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read Paul Venezia's The Deep End blog at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.
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