Date: September 25th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: QNAP
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The TS-509 Pro has a sleek look to it; a big improvement over the TS-409 in my opinion. I'm pleased to see the inclusion of an LCD display at the top. Obviously the most prominent feature here on the front is the five drive bays which we'll inspect further in just a bit. For now, let's have a look at what else is on the front.
Along the left side is a circular power button with LED indicators below it. The topmost LED shows the system status followed by five indicators, one for each hard drive. The bottom two indicators are for LAN and USB, respectively. Below the indicators are a one-touch copy button and a USB port.
The drive trays pull out easily by gently tugging on the latch. Each tray has its own individual lock for extra security.
Taking all the trays out and peeking inside shows the SATA connectors and cables behind them. Removing the outer shell would give a better look at the inside and how it's all put together, but would also void the warranty and is not recommended.
One large and one small fan provide cooling, and there are plenty more USB ports – four to be exact. There are also two gigabit LAN ports, a serial port, eSATA port, reset button, and a VGA port which according to the manual is a reserved interface for maintenance purposes.
Four feet on the bottom absorb vibration and keep the unit from sliding around. With the exterior of the unit covered, it's time to continue with installation.