Thursday, November 29th 2018

QNAP Announces the HS-453DX Silent NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today launched the HS-453DX, a silent NAS that features an Intel Celeron quad-core processor, HDMI 2.0 (4K 60Hz) output, 4K real-time transcoding, and 10GbE high-speed connectivity. Contained within a stylish set-top design, the HS-453DX features a fanless cooling solution that makes it the perfect addition to living rooms and existing home theater setups. The HS-453DX has also won the CES 2019 Innovation Award and Computex d&i Award for high-quality product design.

Powered by an Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (burst up to 2.5 GHz) with 4GB/8GB DDR4 memory and two 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays, the HS-453DX delivers up to 677 MB/s read/write speeds. With two M.2 2280 SATA SSD slots (M.2 SSDs sold separately) the HS-453DX also provides a hybrid storage structure with SSD caching reinforcing traditional hard drives, helping to optimize the performance of demanding applications (including media streaming applications such as Roon Server). 10GbE connectivity is also provided with a built-in 10GBASE-T five-speed port (supports 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) to provide users with a future-proofed storage solution.
"From TVs to game consoles to mobile devices, 4K enjoys full-spectrum support throughout modern digital homes. With the larger file sizes and higher bitrates of 4K media files, home users require a suitable storage solution to deliver a smooth multimedia experience. The HS-453DX not only features an HDMI 2.0 port for direct 4K 60Hz output, but also supports M.2 SSD caching and 10GbE connectivity to empower smooth streaming and fast file transfers. With its set-top-box design and fanless cooling, the silent HS-453DX is a perfect fit for modern living rooms," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.

The HS-453DX provides a wide range of multimedia applications, including: dual-channel 4K real-time transcoding (converts videos to universal file formats for playback on different devices); Plex Media Server streams media to DLNA devices, Roku , Apple TV , Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast ; Cinema28 turns the HS-453DX into a centralized home multimedia hub; and OceanKTV allows the HS-453DX to be used a karaoke machine.

With support for software-defined SSD RAID extra over-provisioning (OP), the HS-453DX enables users to allocate additional OP space (1% to 60%) to optimize SSD random write speeds and to extend SSD lifespan. The HS-453DX also provides a wide range of applications in the App Center: "IFTTT Agent" and "Qfiling" automates user workflows for improved efficiency and productivity; "Qsirch" provides full-text search for quickly finding files; and "Qsync" simplifies file sharing and syncing across devices. Support for block-based Snapshot can also help users to mitigate the potential impact of ransomware and malware.

Key specifications
  • HS-453DX-8G: 8 GB DDR4 RAM (2 x 4 GB)
  • HS-453DX-4G: 4 GB DDR4 RAM (2 x 2 GB)
Set-top form factor, 2 x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays and 2 x M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots; Intel Celeron J4105 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.5 GHz), dual-channel DDR4 SODIMM RAM (upgradable to 8GB); 1x 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) LAN port, 1x Gigabit RJ45 LAN port, 1x HDMI v2.0 and 1x HDMI v1.4b output; 1 x Type-C USB 3.0 ports, 2 x Type-A USB 3.0 ports and 2 x USB 2.0 ports; 1x 3.5 mm Line-out audio jack; 2 x 3.5 mm dynamic microphone jacks; 1x built-in speaker.

For more information, visit the product page.
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13 Comments on QNAP Announces the HS-453DX Silent NAS

#1
TheLostSwede
What a bargain at "only" £630 for the 4GB model...
Admittedly it looks quite nice, but no thanks at that price.
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#2
sepheronx
It isn't RGB. No one will buy.
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#3
Octopuss
It's a bit expensive, but keep in mind it's four bay NAS. Plus it's supposedly silent. That just cost more...

Personally, I am waiting for new two bay boxes with these better CPUs. That probably won't happen anytime soon though, because the -253 series is still selling well I guess.
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bug
Octopuss
It's a bit expensive, but keep in mind it's four bay NAS. Plus it's supposedly silent. That just cost more...

Personally, I am waiting for new two bay boxes with these better CPUs. That probably won't happen anytime soon though, because the -253 series is still selling well I guess.
It's not a 4 bay NAS, it only supports 2 HDDs. The other drives two would be the caching SSDs and those are of the M.2 variety (i.e. they don't need a "bay").

It's styling, but if you give up on that pretty case, you can build a more capable HTPC for less. Scratch that, that's valid for pretty much all NAS enclosures.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
So... based on the form factor and the fact that it is silent, I assume this is meant to be put near your television? If so, that price is way too high.
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bug
Easy Rhino
So... based on the form factor and the fact that it is silent, I assume this is meant to be put near your television? If so, that price is way too high.
That's what it's meant to do, but in the age of wireless, the NAS can go anywhere in your home, really. Anywhere you can route LAN cables for the clients that need it, but the TV isn't in that category.
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Easy Rhino
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bug
That's what it's meant to do, but in the age of wireless, the NAS can go anywhere in your home, really. Anywhere you can route LAN cables for the clients that need it, but the TV isn't in that category.
Who is this device for?????
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#9
Unregistered
Nice home device. If it were at least a 3 bay for more raid options it probably would've been a buy for me.
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bug
Easy Rhino
Who is this device for?????
Beats me, but these days you can put out all kinds of crap and still sell that in the thousands...
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#11
Juventas
I built a passively cooled NAS with a J-series Celeron. It cost me a fraction of the price, but isn't as pretty.
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#12
Easy Rhino
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Juventas
It cost me a fraction of the price, but isn't as pretty.
Same goes for women.
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#13
Arjai
Easy Rhino
Same goes for women.
OK, Booo. Funny but, still Boo.
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