The 40600-3130-0100 unlike the TS-231P is made by CRU-DataPort. There always other brands out there like CRU-DataPort which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. The 40600-3130-0100 RAM compared with TS-231P 1GB is clearly weaker.
One USB3 port on this CRU-DataPort is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on 40600-3130-0100 giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your 40600-3130-0100 box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty
This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £594.80.
The TS-231P unlike the 40600-3130-0100 is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-231P to your needs. Unlike the 40600-3130-0100 this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor.
There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Three USB3 ports on this Qnap is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process.
With two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1.
RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.
Price And Warranty
This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite 40600-3130-0100 has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your two years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Qnap is £428.80 cheaper than the most expensive unit 40600-3130-0100.