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QNAP HS-210 2-Bay Media Sharing NAS Review - Reduced in size for your living room

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts

 

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The lowest priced QNAP desktop dual bay NAS we found at Amazon was $229.00. The TS-220 uses the same Marvell 1.6 GHz processor, and 512 MB of DRAM. Essentially, it has the same specs as the HS-210 that we looked at today. That means QNAP is charging a premium for the HS-210 in the set top box form factor. The unit is nice for the price, and the unique form factor gives it visual appeal in a living room or home theater.

 

Performance wise, the HS-210 is capable of transferring data at roughly 60 to 80 MB/s with the default plugins enabled. The more plugins you use, the more processing power is used for the background activities.

 

On the software side, you get QNAP's full arsenal of features, but the processor limits their usefulness when you start stacking them on top of each other. Given the processing power and the form factor, most will stick to the usual uPnP A/V streaming, Photo Station, and Download Station. TweakTown recently published an overview of QNAP's new 4.x operating system.

 

QNAP put together a nice entry-level unit, but I think everyone will hold out for a more robust model in the HS product family. Although the price will be higher, our dream entry-level NAS in this form factor has an Intel processor, and more importantly, HDMI output. Given all of the options available to put under a TV in a media situation, I just don't think a NAS without playback capabilities is exactly what customers are looking for.

 

All things considered, this is a good start to the HS product family, and an innovative design. QNAP keeps pushing forward into new areas, and we like watching the progress. This just isn't the final product I think we want to connect our TVs to.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the QNAP HS-210 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The DISKLESS QNAP HS-210 retails for $289.99 at Amazon.

 

 

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