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.
|CPU||Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.41GHz)|
|DRAM||TS-653 Pro-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (4GB x 2)
TS-653 Pro: 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable up to 8GB)
|Hard Disk Drive||6 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s HDD or SSD|
|LAN Port||4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet (supports trunking)|
|LED Indicators||Status, LAN, USB, HDDs|
|USB||3 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.
|HDMI||Rear - 1|
|Dimensions||177mm (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)
The usual suspects are included in the box:
The front of the unit includes a USB 3.0 port and mini LCD that is used to provide some basic information:
The rear of the unit with the inclusion of 4 gigabit NICs which can all be aggregated or split off to different virtual machines:
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:
Another improvement on the x51 series is the side mounted motherboard which gives easier access to the memory modules:
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.
The version of XBMC installed is 13.2 Gotham. Hopefully, this gets upgraded to Kodi once the next version is released:
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.