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QNAP TS-653 Pro NAS Review - Six Bays and a Cache Option

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 9, 2014 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts




The TS-653 Pro continues QNAP's tradition of bringing innovative features to the market first. The new Virtualization Station feature is a good example of a truly useful feature that QNAP brought to the market, and in time, I'm sure it will be copied across the market.


QNAP's decision to utilize Intel's higher spec Bay Trail quad-core processor should greatly influence users looking to take advantage of the higher processing speed, and features. We get a lot of questions about transcoding capabilities of NAS products from readers, and this is a feature many use in the home, and on the road.


When it comes to our testing today, there were some high points, and some low points when comparing the transfer performance to other products on the market. Our testing focuses on the small details, but I highly doubt many would notice a few megabytes per second gained or lost here and there. In some workloads, the SSD cache option does increase the performance of the system enough to make a difference.


At $899 for the 2GB DRAM model, the QNAP TS-653 Pro is well positioned in comparison to competing products on the market. This series has a lot of really nice features that are not found on other products, which makes it easy to recommend this model after looking at prices of other six and seven-bay NAS products on the market today.



PRICING: You can find the QNAP TS-653 Pro 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 QNAP TS-653 Pro (2GB RAM) retails for $900.99 at Amazon, and the QNAP TS-653 Pro (8GB RAM) retails for $1,044.99 at Amazon.


Canada: The QNAP TS-653 Pro (2GB RAM) retails for CDN$1,179.47 at Amazon Canada, and the QNAP TS-653 Pro (8GB RAM) retails for CDN$1,443.09 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging93%
Value for Money91%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: QNAP's TS-x53 product series have a lot of really nice and useful features that are only found on this series of products. Once again, QNAP has shown how to lead with meaningful features to make life easier for NAS users.

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