Value for Money - 95%
Quality - 85%
Look/Feel - 85%
Extra's/Features - 95%
A worthwhile buy!
Most people know what a NAS is (or they heard of it from a friend’s 10-year-old child), but the TS-251 NAS is a far cry from what you think a NAS would be! From the outside, you would think that the TS-251 is just like your normal everyday NAS devices, but you would surely be mistaken. This puppy runs on an Intel dual-core CPU, can go up to 8GB’s of RAM and if you have the bucks then you can even run two 10TB hard disc’s in it(we installed a WD 4TB Red Drive, best HDD’s for NAS)!
Now, you would say to me that this is basically a small PC right? Well, you would be right. The TS-251 comes with their own embedded system called QTS (based on a Linux distro), this allows you to run a small boatload of software that comes built in (or downloaded from their site). There are apps that you can use to make virtual machines, there are even apps that you can use the NAS to download your BitTorrent files without even switching on your PC! The best feature I personally loved about the unit is that it has an HDMI port, all you need then is a keyboard and mouse and your TV becomes your PC!! Even better than using it as a PC is using a program called KODI (was originally called XBMC), what this does is let you use the NAS as a Media Centre. You would need to order the IR remote separately online or you can use the mobile remote app to control KODI. The installation of the drives in the unit is fast and I had no pains doing it (even a baby can do it). Getting it up on your network is painless. The web interface for the unit is also based on the QTS system and the GUI for it looks great. From here you can control and monitor the NAS to make sure that the drives are functioning right etc.
Another cool feature is that you do also get Mobile apps, from remote controls to video browsers. If you find that 2 HDD bays is too little for you then you can also get expansion boxes (5bay and 8 bay units). The only thing that I can think that would be a problem is the price…which is equal to the same amount as an entry level laptop (and that excludes the HDD’s you would need). Yes sure it is expensive, but if you look at all the benefits you get out of the NAS then it would be worthwhile to get it.
Personally, I would recommend the TS-251 to everybody that loves their media and has a connected home (this would be almost everybody). The price might put some people off but it is a worthwhile buy, as you can expand the unit with more drives. This is your local mad scientist signing out…..where is that balaclava when I need it most?
Estimated RRP: +-R5500
|CPU||Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz dual-core processor (burst up to 2.58GHz)|
TS-251-4G: 4GB DDR3L RAM (2GB x 2)
TS-251: 1GB DDR3L RAM
Total memory slots: 2 (expandable up to 8GB)
|Flash Memory||512MB DOM|
|Hard Disk Drive||2 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD|
|Hard Disk Tray||2 x Hot-swappable tray|
|LAN Port||2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port|
|LED Indicators||Status, LAN, USB, HDD 1, HDD 2|
|USB||2 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 1)|
2 x USB 2.0 port (Rear: 2)
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
|Buttons||Power/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, reset|
|Alarm Buzzer||System warning|
|Dimensions||168.5(H) x 102(W) x 225(D) mm|
6.63(H) x 4.02(W) x 8.86(D) inch
|Weight||Net: 1.28 kg (2.82 lbs) / Gross: 2.32 kg (5.11 lbs)|
|Power Consumption (W)||HDD standby: 10.28W|
S3 sleep: 0.47W
In operation: 19.22W
(with 2 x 1TB HDD installed)
|Sound Level*||Sound pressure (LpAm): 15.4 dB(A)|
|Humidity||5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C|
|Power Supply||External Power Adapter, 60W, 100-240V|
|Secure Design||Kensington security slot for theft prevention|
|Fan||1 x quiet cooling fan (7 cm, 12V DC)|
- That it is so much more than just a Networked attached Storage Device.
- It runs KODI!
- The price might be a bit high for some people