Qnap TS-251A | £263.52 |
Buy from Amazon: bit.ly/qnap430 0 FEATURES ★★★★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★★ EASE OF USE ★★★★ ★ VALUE FOR MONEY ★★★ ★★
The TS-251A crams a lot into its compact two-bay frame. As well as a standard USB 3 port, its front panel provides a microusb 3 port and an SD card reader. The NAS can connect wirelessly to other devices to transfer files over Wi- Fi or Bluetooth, which makes consolidating all your media files simple, no matter which device they’re stored on. At the back you get two Ethernet ports, two HDMI sockets and a brace of audio jacks.
The Intel Celeron N3060 processor is powerful enough to drive two 4K video streams, so this NAS would make a fine living room media server. It even comes with a remote control.
More importantly, the TS-251A handles the basics well too, with support for cloud storage services and a wealth of apps. You can even install Linux and run the device as a PC. It’s a bit light on memory, with only 2GB installed, but you can expand this to 8GB if you need to.
VERDICT ★★★★★ This is a more powerful NAS than our Synology Gold Award winner and can do a lot more, but it’s also much more expensive. If money is no object and you want a device that can do almost anything you can think of, this is the one to buy.