Terra Master F2-NAS 2 preview: NAS from a newcomer

Most of the time, we review products from the usual suspects. It's always nice when we get to review a product from a company that's new to us, and today is one of those times. Terra Master makes NAS devices, and we are going to take a closer look at the Terra Master F2-NAS 2.

The NAS market is dominated by manufacturers such as Synology, QNAP, Thecus, Netgear and, more recently, Asustor. Terra Master wants a slice of the NAS market and has entered the fray with the TerraMaster F2-NAS 2. It's a NAS for two disks with a different design than you usually see on NAS devices. The grip on top immediately stands out, so apparently you're encouraged to move it around.

Another distinguishing design feature is the cooler that stands out from the back. The two hard disk trays can be locked into place with the little slide next to them, making it easy to replace disks or bring one with you.

Connectors include a gigabit network port, USB 2.0 and eSATA. The build quality of the chassis isn't perfect, as the black rubber strip underneath the drives would come off at times. The TerraMaster F2-NAS 2 runs on a Marvell 6282 1.6 GHz ARM processor and has 512 MB RAM and 512 MB flash memory. It's the type of hardware you find in the more affordable segment.

The power of NAS is based just as much on how easy it is to use the software features, how many there and how good they are. The firmware is not as high-end as that of the top tier NAS brands, and it works slightly different. For example, shared folders on the NAS aren't directly accessible from Windows. You also have to remember to enable Samba Service during installation, which does make it very safe and secure. You can read the rest of this review on hardware.info.

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