Unboxing: TerraMaster F2-220 NAS

The small NAS market is a crowded space with plenty of companies offering single, dual, and quad bay offerings. Trying to carve out a name in this sector requires offering something unique or a great value, particularly when competing against brands like Synology and QNAP. TerraMaster may not be the most familiar name but their F2-220 NAS seeks to offer value and features in a small footprint.

The F2-220 comes packaged in an understated, blue-ish purple box with no marketing info on the outside beyond the TerraMaster logo on two sides and the top. Opening the box reveals the F2-220 encased in a pair of foam supports to suspend it in the box. A brown box sits along one side of the package and contains the accessories. The NAS and most of the accessories are wrapped in plastic bags sealed with TerraMaster branded stickers.

Once unwrapped, the F2-220 begins to show off its understated good looks. The anodized aluminum main body is accented nicely by slightly darker silver front and rear panels with a similar texture. The power button and status LEDs are housed in a brushed panel on the front left that matches the accents in the drive trays. A TerraMaster logo in black adorns either side. The overall look seems designed to blend in with Apple Macs but looked equally at home on my HP Z400 workstation.

The F2-220 is based around the dual core Intel Celeron J1800. While not the latest Celeron model, the J1800 is a well-known chip and should provide a reasonable amount of performance through its 2.41GHz clocking. It’s coupled with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash for the OS. The two hard drive bays support 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA drives up to 8TB, with connections of up to 6Gbps. The bays are hot swappable and are accessible through the front of the F2-220.

Network connectivity is provided by a single RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port in the rear, though the chassis is shared with some of TerraMaster’s other models and therefore has the outline of a second port. The F2-220 has a listed read speed of 110MB/s and a write speed of 105MB/s which aren’t too far off the maximum throughput for a gigabit connection. The rear of the F2-220 also contains the power jack, and a pair of USB ports – one USB 3.0 and the other USB 2.0. Also visible on the rear is the 80mm fan which cools the system. The fan gives the F2-220 a specified noise level of 19.8dB(A) which should mean it’s quiet.

Going beyond simple file sharing, the F2-220 also sports a number of server functions including MySQL, mail, media, FTP, and Rsync remote. In addition to common file sharing services like SMB, NFS, and CIFS, TerraMaster has include support for iSCSI, AFP, and FTP in the F2-220 as well. The inclusion of AFP means that the F2-220 is able to function as a Time Machine backup for Apple Macs.

The F2-220 is available from Amazon.com for $189.95 or from Amazon.co.uk for £165.99. Stay tuned for a full review to follow.

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