TerraMaster’s F2-220 NAS is a good choice for personal users and small businesses. Powering the device is the an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual core CPU, and 2 GB of memory so you have more than enough horsepower to get things done. The device itself looks great and is made of quality materials. Obviously its color scheme is made to match Mac computers, but it will look great on anyone’s desk.
Notice how in the previous paragraph I said the F2-220 is a good choice, but not a great one. Let me expand on that. For starters in our LAN Speed Test Lite test the F2-220 seemed to be a little slower in the write tests than other NAS’s we’ve tested recently. I re-tested multiple times and there was about a ~20 MB/s decrease in speeds compared to the other NAS’s. This decrease in write speeds were not reflected in the CrystalDiskMark tests though.
One of the best things about getting a NAS for personal use is the ability to backup your file and documents. Other companies offer companion applications that work with their NAS devices so you can easily create backups, drive sync’s and more. With the F2-220 you don’t have the luxury. Yes you can set the F2-220 up for TimeMachine (Mac) and Rsync backups, but there is no dedicated Windows application for backing up. Yes, I can easily map the network drive and use a piece of 3rd party software to do the backup, but an new NAS user does not want to have to go through all of that trouble. And again many other NAS companies offer such applications.
Besides not having a backup application for your Windows machine the amount of applications or downloadable packages for the NAS itself is a little limited. You do however get things like Dropbox integration and a download manager.
I do like the TOS operating system and it is extremely easy to use. That is great for new NAS users as it is far less threatening than a typical web-based management system. Also setting up the F2-220 for the first time is extremely easy.
At the end of the day if you are looking for a NAS to get the job done the TerraMaster F2-220 is a good choice, although as I mentioned it is far less feature-rich than other NAS devices out there. Right now you can pickup the F2-220 at our favorite online retailer for 189.95, which is a great price!
– Solid design
– Easy setup
– TOS operating system is user-friendly
– Write speeds seemed a bit slow
– No dedicated backup application
– Applications for the device are limited