Qnap TS-251A | £263.52 |

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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.

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