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QNAP Launches 4-bay TBS-453A M.2 SSD NASbook

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today released the world's first M.2 SSD-based NAS - the TBS-453A NASbook. Featuring a quad-core Intel processor and using M.2 SSDs for storage, the TBS-453A not only provides full NAS functionalities with RAID protection in an ultra-compact size, but can also act as a physical network switch and share network access with multiple users. With its compact, near-silent design, dual HDMI output, and 4K display, the TBS-453A NASbook can fit in anywhere to boost the productivity and connectivity of small offices.

"M.2 SSDs are now used in thin-and-light laptops and small-form-factor PCs. Remarkably small in size, they deliver high performance with zero noise and are expected to become more affordable as they become more popular," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "In light of M.2 SSD's benefits, we are proud to present the industry-first TBS-453A M.2 SSD NASbook to provide users with a portable yet versatile NAS."



The TBS-453A is powered by a 14 nm Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.60 GHz processor (that can automatically burst up to 2.08 GHz for CPU-intensive tasks) and dual-channel 4 GB or 8 GB DDR3L RAM. The TBS-453A features 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 3 Gigabit switch ports that supports network switch and private network modes. These modes allow users to easily build flexible network environments to enhance workgroup collaboration by allowing connected devices to access files stored on the TBS-453A or to share internet connectivity. It delivers up to 112 MB/s throughput per LAN port while being incredibly energy efficient, and supports AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption to drive AES 256-bit encrypted transfer speeds of up to 109 MB/s throughput per LAN port.

The TBS-453A is supplied with a compact AC adapter and supports a wide range 10V~20V DC input to meet various power sources. The RAM and SSDs are easily accessible for installation and upgrading. The TBS-453A's storage is expandable by connecting an 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P expansion enclosure.
The TBS-453A is also geared for rich multimedia applications. Users can connect it to a TV or A/V receiver to enjoy 4K multimedia content. With its two 3.5 mm microphone jacks, a Line out port, a built-in speaker, and the OceanKTV app, the TBS-453A can also be transformed into an affordable karaoke machine or for use with diverse audio applications.

The TBS-453A comes with various applications to meet business needs and to improve productivity. By connecting a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display, Linux Station allows the NAS to be used as a Linux workstation to empower open-source software development and to allow users to run Linux apps. Qsirch lets users find NAS data amazingly quickly with its powerful near real-time full-text search engine. QTS Storage Manager provides a web-based snapshot tool for efficient data recovery, allowing up to 1,024 snapshots for volumes and LUNs in a NAS. The TBS-453A further offers a hybrid approach to virtualization applications. Virtualization Station allows users to run multiple Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android based virtual machines on the NAS with a HDMI monitor and USB keyboard/mouse support (via QvPC Technology), and Container Station integrates both LXC and Docker virtualization technologies.

SKUs of the TBS-453A:
  • TBS-453A-4G: shipped without M.2 SSDs
  • TBS-453A-4G-480GB: shipped with 2 x 240GB M.2 SSDs
  • TBS-453A-4G-960GB: shipped with 4 x 240GB M.2 SSDs
  • TBS-453A-8G: shipped without M.2 SSDs
  • TBS-453A-8G-480GB: shipped with 2 x 240GB M.2 SSDs
  • TBS-453A-8G-960GB: shipped with 4 x 240GB M.2 SSDs
Specifications:
  • Quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 1.60 GHz processor (burst up to 2.08 GHz)
  • Dual-channel 4GB/8GB DDR3L-1600 SODIMM RAM (max. 8GB)
  • 4x M.2 2280/2260/2242 SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs
  • 2x Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet ports + 3x Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet switch ports
  • 2x 4K-compatible HDMI ports
  • 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • 2x 3.5 mm microphone jacks (dynamic microphones only)
  • 1x Line Out audio jack and 1x built-in speaker
  • 1x SD card reader
Availability
The new 4-bay M.2 SSD NASbook TBS-453A is now available.

For more information, visit the product page.

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This is exactly what I need, waiting for this to be stocked in the UK! Great specs!
 
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Sounds cool. Is there any capacity limits for the M.2s? Will the 2TB ones work with it?

Lacking support for NVMe drives, but ... as they are not very cost effective right now... nor will they make much sense as NAS over 1 gigabit lan, probably not very big problem at all.
 
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Sounds cool. Is there any capacity limits for the M.2s? Will the 2TB ones work with it?

Lacking support for NVMe drives, but ... as they are not very cost effective right now... nor will they make much sense as NAS over 1 gigabit lan, probably not very big problem at all.
As of now 512GB max(2280 form factor), in next couple of months 1TB drives are expected to be released to consumers. I really like the concept but would have loved a 2.5" HDD/SSD NAS for backing up my photos.
 
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