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QNAP TS-653 Pro Unboxing and HD Station Review

QNAP TS-653 Pro

QNAP TS-653 Pro

Back in July I reviewed the QNAP TS-451, a great entry level NAS for the home. This month, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to look at the TS-653 Pro from QNAP, a slightly more powerful unit targeting the SMB market.

The TS-653 Pro is powered by the latest Intel 22nm quad-core Celeron 2.0GHz processor, supports up to 8GB of low voltage DDR3L RAM (reviewed unit was the 8GB model) and is also capable of reaching 84TB of raw capacity when combined with QNAP’s UX-800P expansion enclosure. That’s a mouthful for saying that on paper this unit is jam packed with potential and I’m fairly excited about seeing what the the TS-653 Pro is capable of doing.

Specifications

CPUIntel® Celeron® 2.0GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.41GHz)
DRAMTS-653 Pro-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (4GB x 2)
TS-653 Pro: 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable up to 8GB)
Hard Disk Drive6 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s HDD or SSD
LAN Port4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet (supports trunking)
LED IndicatorsStatus, LAN, USB, HDDs
USB3 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 2)
2 x USB 2.0 port (Rear: 2)
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
HDMIRear - 1
IR ReceiverMCE-compatible
Dimensions177mm (H) x 180mm (W) x 235mm (D)
Power Consumption (W)HDD standby: 20.71 W
S3 sleep: 0.8W
In use: 33.13W (with 4 x 1TB HDD installed)

Unboxing

The usual suspects are included in the box:

TS-653 Pro Box Contents

TS-653 Pro Box Contents

The front of the unit includes a USB 3.0 port and mini LCD that is used to provide some basic information:

TS-653 Pro Front

TS-653 Pro Front

The rear of the unit with the inclusion of 4 gigabit NICs which can all be aggregated or split off to different virtual machines:

TS-653 Pro Back

TS-653 Pro Back

The HDD caddy is of the quality I’ve grown to expect from QNAP, certainly a long way from the cheaper plastic construct used with the TS-451:

HDD Caddy

HDD Caddy

Another improvement on the x51 series is the side mounted motherboard which gives easier access to the memory modules:

Side Mounted Motherboard

Side Mounted Motherboard

Easy Memory Access

Easy Memory Access

Lift to Access SO-DIMM Module

Lift to Access SO-DIMM Module

Configuring

The configuration process with the TS-653 Pro was identical to what we experienced with the TS-451. The added advantage with this unit was the ability to configure the HDDs via the LCD panel and front buttons. Once the HDD was configured, HD Station was installed.

HD Station, combined with the HDMI port and remote, turns the QNAP into a multimedia player supporting features such as Full HD movie support, web surfing via Chrome, YouTube and more.

HD Station Install Request

HD Station Install Request

HD Station First Time Load

HD Station First Time Load

HD Station

HD Station

The version of XBMC installed is 13.2 Gotham. Hopefully, this gets upgraded to Kodi once the next version is released:

XBMC Frodo

XBMC Frodo

TS-653 Pro XBMC Playback

TS-653 Pro XBMC Playback

YouTube:

YouTube

YouTube

Summary

The TS-653 Pro has a solid build and what you would expect from the SMB range at QNAP. HD Station was simple to install and use. The inclusion of XBMC Frodo gives it a polished media centre look and feel. Next up, I will explore the virtualization capabilities of the TS-653 Pro.

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