The Deep Dive: QNAP TS-453D Reviewed

In these unprecedented times, things are looking up for the Network Storage sector.

Demand for robust, reliable, secure cloud-based platforms is up, and QNAP is ready to meet that demand. Loyal QNAP buyers are bound to be impressed with some of the new options, and new customers are likely to find a competent solution to their storage needs.

But is the TS-453D one of those solutions?

In this review, we took the QNAP TS-453D for a strenuous test drive. We put it through its paces and pushed it to the limits of its hardware, software, and security parameters.

Ready to see how the TS-453D unit performs before you shell out your hard-earned cash?

Let’s get started.

The Deep Dive: QNAP TS-453D Reviewed

At a Glance:

  • New model Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core 2.0 GHz processor
  • Upgraded dual 2.5GBE ports for better data transfer and wider scope for data growth
  • PCIe slot for adding additional SSDs
  • Expanded functionality to support high-value apps with a lower TCO

Recommended For:

  • Small/medium businesses that need increased storage and security from an all-in-one NAS device.
  • Gamers who require high-performance multimedia, with 4K processing, built-in HDMI, built-in graphics, IR receiver capability, and dual 2.5GbE ports for high-resolution streaming
  • Graphic designers and video editors who require fast, seamless 4K streaming capabilities, top quality graphics, and high-performance multimedia.

The Hardware

QNAP TS-453D

We loved that the TS-453D NAS offers two high-performance LAN ports, which allowed us to use our existing cables to upgrade our network speeds effortlessly. This kind of functionality is easy to overlook for manufacturers just moving into the NAS arena, but veterans like QNAP have valuable insight that puts them ahead of the competition. As an ambitious side note, the ports also support port trunking for up to 5Gbps.

Easily connect to your laptop via the PCIe expansion card for boosted network speeds and drive your transfer speeds for smooth 4K video streaming with the Video Streaming capability. Whatever drives you to invest in a new NAS device, you’re bound to find it in the TS-453D NAS.

The Software

The TS-453D streams seamless video through DLNA, Roku, Amazon Fire, and Google Chromecast. If you want to push the boat out further, installing Plex Media Server and signing up for PlexPass lets you take advantage of advanced software transcoding, decoding, and encoding capabilities.

At a glance, playback quality using Plex Media Server varied—so expect to see a visible difference in low-quality files and where you lack the bandwidth.

The file searching capability of the QNAP TS-453D is fast and effective, and easily comparable to Google search functions. If searching by the title isn’t enough for you–or if you’re incredibly bored–you can also search by keyword, colour, or set your search parameters.

Security; Backups

Hybrid Backup Sync manages your backups, file restoration, and synchronization functions from one central hub. Transfer your security data to a local folder, remote server, or cloud storage—you’ve got plenty of options—to create a robust data storage plan.

One of our favourite functions with QNAP’s TS line is Snapshots. This is a top of the line backup strategy for recording volume status. At the click of a few keys, you can revert to any recent snapshot for rapid recovery after a malware breach.

We’d like to see functionality added in the future to help Snapshots protect against disk failures—but unfortunately, that’s not in the pipeline just yet.

Final Verdict: What We Think of the QNAP TS-453D NAS 

As a SOHO NAD, the TS-453D stands up to the test on all fronts—something QNAP can be proud of. It supports PCIe expansion at a comfortable price point. With 8 GB DDR4 memory and Intel AES-NI encryption, you are delivered ultimate speed and security in a flexible, versatile NAS device. That said, for the Enterprise, I would still be inclined to go for one of the more industrial designed QNAPs that feature more processing power and support up to 10Gbps networking.