Computex 2011 Show Coverage - Part 5

Promise and QNAP Booths

Promise's Booth

Promise Technology had both corporate and consumer solutions, though the corporate stuff heavily outweighed the few consumer storage products.

This 6-bay Pegasus RAID enclosure supports up to six SATA 7200RPM HDD. But we noticed it because it's one of the first products we have seen that support Intel's ThunderBolt technology (2 ports available). Naturally, it's compatible with Mac OS X and Time Machine, since only Apple has implemented ThunderBolt so far.

We also saw this SmartStor NAS that comes with up to four hot swappable SATA drives. It has a web-based client interface and supports streaming via DLNA.

A demonstration of the SmartStor streaming app, available on both iOS and Android.


QNAP's Booth

QNAP is another storage solution vendor which does have a few NAS products for home users.

The QNAP TS-219P+ supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. It has Gigabit LAN and is powered by an Intel Atom processor at 1.6GHz with 512MB of memory. It supports streaming to both iOS and Android devices.

The TS-412 is a 4-bay NAS with advanced backup features like scheduled backup and support for Apple Time Machine. It also supports streaming to iOS and Android devices. A 1.2GHz processor and 256MB of RAM help to keep its power consumption low.

QNAP's network media player supports full HD video playback for multiple media formats, including subtitles. It can access internet services like Picasa, Flickr and online music streaming services. Users can even start P2P downloads through Bittorrent without the need for a PC.

A new product from QNAP, these mobile routers can create a portable Wi-Fi or 3G wireless hotspot for your other devices.

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