Wednesday, February 14th 2018

QNAP Launches the TS-253Be and TS-453Be NAS with M.2 SSD and 10GbE Expandability

QNAP Systems, Inc. today unveiled the quad-core Intel-based 2-bay TS-253Be and 4-bay TS-453Be. With a PCIe expansion slot, the functionality of both NAS can be expanded to meet application needs, including M.2 SSD caching and 10GbE connectivity. The TS-x53Be also features HDMI output and 4K H.264/H.265 transcoding to provide a greater multimedia experience while its snapshots function helps protect data against potential ransomware threats.

"With the PCIe slot, the TS-x53Be series allows for extending NAS functionalities, including adding SSD caching and 10GbE connectivity, which provides great long-term potential for the NAS," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP. "For users who require a professional storage that can help streamline workflows and provide a great multimedia experience, the TS-x53Be series is the ideal choice with a reasonable price," Hsu added.
Powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.50 GHz processor (burst up to 2.30 GHz), 2 GB/4 GB DDR3L RAM (up to 8 GB), dual Gigabit LAN ports, and supporting SATA 6 Gb/s hard drives and SSDs, the TS-x53Be series provides dependable performance of up to 225 MB/s read/write speeds and maintains the same outstanding performance with AES-NI accelerated encryption. The TS-x53Be supports snapshots, allowing for users to quickly recover data in the event of accidental deletion/modification or ransomware attack.

Users can install a QNAP QM2 card to the PCIe slot to add dual M.2 SSDs for enhanced SSD caching performance while also adding 10GbE (10GBASE-T LAN) connectivity. Coupled with the Qtier auto-tiering technology, the TS-x53Be helps achieve optimum storage utilization ideal for small and medium business and organizations. Alternatively, users can install a 10 GbE 10 GBASE-T/ SFP+ card, a USB 3.1 Gen2 10 Gbps card, or a QNAP QW-AC2600 wireless card based on their application requirements

The TS-x53Be series provides five USB Type-A ports (one with one-touch copy) that facilitates the transferring of large files. The series also supports dual-channel 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and transcoding, allowing users to play their media files smoothly via connected devices. The integrated speaker allows for audio alerts and playback while a 3.5 mm audio jack allows for the TS-x53Be to be connected to dedicated speakers. The dual HDMI output support up to 4K 30Hz display. Users can use QNAP's remote control RM-IR004 (sold separately) and use with the QButton app to customize the functions of the buttons for easy navigation.

The TS-x53Be provides a variety of useful applications for everyday tasks from the built-in App Center. "IFTTT Agent" and "Qfiling" help automate user workflows for improved efficiency and productivity; "Qsirch" provides full-text search for quickly finding files; "Qsync" and "Hybrid Backup Sync" simplifies file sharing and syncing across devices; "Cinema28" allows for managing multimedia files and connected media devices from a single platform; "Surveillance Station" offers 4 free IP camera channels (up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses); " QVR Pro" integrates video surveillance features into QTS, providing user-defined recording storage space, cross-platform client tools, camera controls, and intelligent IoT-based event management functions.

Users can host virtual machines and containers on the TS-x53Be using Virtualization Station and Container Station. Storage space can be flexibly expanded using an 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P expansion unit or with QNAP VJBOD technology that allows the unused space of a QNAP NAS to expand the capacity of other QNAP NAS.

Key specifications of new models
  • TS-253Be-2G: supports 2 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • TS-253Be-4G: supports 2 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR3L RAM
  • TS-453Be-2G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • TS-453Be-4G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR3L RAM
Tower model; Quad-core Intel Celeron J3455 1.5GHz processor (burst up to 2.3GHz), dual-channel DDR3L SODIMM RAM (user upgradable to 8GB); hot-swappable 2.5/3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports; 2 x HDMI v1.4b, up to 4K UHD; 5 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports; 1 x PCIe Gen2 x2 slot; 1 x USB-copy button; 1 x speaker, 2 x 3.5mm microphone jacks (supporting dynamic microphones); 1 x 3.5mm Line Out audio jack.

The new TS-x53Be series is now available.
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4 Comments on QNAP Launches the TS-253Be and TS-453Be NAS with M.2 SSD and 10GbE Expandability

Pricing in Taiwan, including 5% VAT, converted to US$.

TS-253Be-2G: US$445
TS-253Be-4G: US$495
TS-453Be-2G: US$530
TS-453Be-4G: US$580

The 4-bay 2GB model seems to be the best value for money.
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My opinion with all these NAS's is that they're overpriced...
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XajelMy opinion with all these NAS's is that they're overpriced...
Well, you can build something far more powerful on your own for this kind of money, however, it won't be as small, look as good or come with the software features on offer. Software support is a different matter, as the NAS manufacturers have all been a bit sloppy in making sure their software is up to date and here open source software can actually be better. That said, at least if you buy one of these, there's a support team that can be contacted in case of a problem you can't figure out how to solve, so some of the money is obviously going towards that as well.
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For as much as I love the idea of building my own nas, FreeNAS is just so confusing to me. I really want to like it. Even love it, but prebuilt NAS's are just easier to configure and easy to use.
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