Tuesday, July 1st 2014

QNAP Introduces the HS-251 Fanless Living Room NAS

QNAP Systems Inc. today announced the release of its Silent NAS series addition, the HS-251, designed for the living room with powerful hardware, a wide range of multimedia applications, real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Housed within a stylish & compact set-top box design without a fan inside, the silent HS-251 is the perfect choice for those looking for the perfect living room NAS, as well as a Home Theater PC/NAS combo.

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) has become increasingly popular in home environments, but normal NAS are mostly available in heavy and sometimes unwieldy boxes that are too big & noisy for being an integral part of a digital lifestyle and living room. With the HS-251, QNAP delivers a silent & stylish NAS that fits alongside HDTVs, cable boxes and game consoles. With HDMI output and powered by an Intel Dual-Core Processor, the HS-251 brings the NAS fully into the living room by providing the power, connectivity and apps for users to enjoy a brilliant entertainment & centralized storage solution.

"With its powerful dual core processor, HDMI connectivity and completely fanless design within a set-top box: the HS-251 is a marvel of engineering," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP, adding "This amazing product is coupled with an unrivalled set of apps & software features that will allow home users to enjoy a perfect home theater experience, secure & centralize their files & data, and much more."

The HS-251 provides HDMI output that allows users to connect to an HDTV or Hi-Fi amplifier and to use the HD Station to enjoy rich multimedia content with the best audiovisual experience. The HD Station features a powerful XBMC-based home multimedia player that enables users to enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their HS-251, watch YouTube and surf the web with the Qremote mobile app or MCE-compatible remotes and wireless keyboard & mice. The HD Station turns the HS-251 into a total home entertainment experience.

With on-the-fly and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities, the HS-251 is the best companion for home entertainment. The HS-251 can flexibly convert videos into formats that can be played smoothly on PCs, mobile devices and smart TVs, as well as allowing multiple devices to simultaneously watch different videos. Users can enjoy high quality videos by selecting a suitable resolution via File Station, Video Station, or the iOS & Android Qfile app even when in remote sites with limited/restricted Internet access.

Powered by QNAP's QTS 4.1 operating system, the HS-251 is easy to set up, manage and for everyday use. With its familiar user interface, enjoying multimedia, organizing & backing up files, and syncing & sharing to other devices is easy with no learning process required. And with a wide range of mobile apps, users can enjoy multimedia, access their data and manage the HS-251 anytime, anywhere.

Key Specifications:
HS-251: Set-top design, 2-bay, Intel Dual-Core 2.41 GHz CPU, 1 GB DDR3L RAM, SATA HDD/ SSD, hot-swappable hard drives, USB 3.0 x2, Gigabit LAN port x2, HDMI output x1

Availability
The new HS-251 Turbo NAS is now available.
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3 Comments on QNAP Introduces the HS-251 Fanless Living Room NAS

#1
lemonadesoda
Looks great. But there is a hole in the market: Half rack. We have so many "living room" boxes based around technology that just dont STACK. Just how many higgledy piggledy objects can we put on our TV stand? A 19" rack is too big for the average person's living room and is not to most people's taste. (Although that is what I now do). But a half-rack standard design, where equipment and networking gear, media PCs, NAS devices, blueray, games consoles, could be stacked would be great and help to remove clutter. The new rack standard could have specs such as max TDP per unit, max noise, etc. etc. That would help loads.
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Easy Rhino
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by: lemonadesoda
Looks great. But there is a hole in the market: Half rack. We have so many "living room" boxes based around technology that just dont STACK. Just how many higgledy piggledy objects can we put on our TV stand? A 19" rack is too big for the average person's living room and is not to most people's taste. (Although that is what I now do). But a half-rack standard design, where equipment and networking gear, media PCs, NAS devices, blueray, games consoles, could be stacked would be great and help to remove clutter. The new rack standard could have specs such as max TDP per unit, max noise, etc. etc. That would help loads.
Nobody living with a woman is going to get away with having a media rack in their living room. I would be inclined to purchase a half rack though and set it up in my basement and wire it all up to the living room.
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remixedcat
It will prolly crash and burn if they put macafee on em
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