The TS-228A is a slim 2-bay tower NAS measuring just 188 x 90 x 125mm. It looks pretty stylish too, finished in white with a green top and black base. The white front has a black strip down the middle of the front bezel that holds the power and Quick Copy buttons (each with its own LED) as well as the indicator LEDs for system status, network and drive activity. The rear ports are all housed in a grey panel and include the power input, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a pair of USB 2.0 ports.
One side of the TS-228A is dominated by a large sticker showing how to begin setting up the NAS with either the Quick Setup or the Cloud Key. The other side panel is blank apart from having the QNAP name embossed on it.
To access the drive bays there is a tool free screw lock in the base of the unit. Once this is removed the two halves of the unit slide easily apart.
The two drive bays use a simple but effective method to hold the drives in place. A pair of plastic retainers clip into the drive cage sides and a pair of moulded pins pass through the holes in the cage sides and into the mounting holes on the hard drive.
Handily the drive cage mounting holes have rubber grommets fitted to help dampen down vibrations coming from the drive(s).