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QNAP TS-253 Pro Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Dec 22, 2014 7:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts




The TS-253 Pro from QNAP is an excellent entry-level SMB solution for enthusiasts and business owners that want the greatest reliability in their storage.


Using the latest QTS NAS OS, the 253 Pro is a feature rich solution that includes support for the new QvPC technology, allowing users to double up their NAS as a PC. As with most units from QNAP, we have support for Citrix, VMware, and Hyper V, along with Real Time Replication support.


With this NAS, there are a few new features I have yet to get fully acquainted with, one being the AES 256Bit encryption, and the other, which I have used, is the on-the-fly hardware transcoding capability. Like most products from QNAP, the build quality of this NAS is quite good; the classic design we have seen used for the last four or five years still makes for a durable, reliable unit.


The performance of the NAS was two-sided. On one hand, we had top notch write results throughout all testing, but on the other hand, we had subpar read performance in our single client, and sequential testing.


Overall, the TS-253 Pro is a capable solution running on one of the best NAS platforms currently on the market. MSRP for the two-bay TS-253 Pro with 2GB of RAM is listed at $499.99, while the model with 8GB of RAM will cost $649.99. Each of these units carries a two-year warranty.



PRICING: You can find the QNAP TS-253 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-253 Pro with 2GB RAM retails for $499.00 at Amazon, and the QNAP TS-253 Pro with 8GB RAM retails for $647.99 at Amazon.


Canada: The QNAP TS-253 Pro with 2GB RAM retails for CDN$716.83 at Amazon Canada, and the QNAP TS-253 Pro with 8GB RAM retails for CDN$871.00 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money75%
Overall TweakTown Rating82%

The Bottom Line: QNAP's TS-253 Pro is a solid NAS with a plethora of features. However, we found the NAS to lack performance in many read operations, and at this price point, many competing products may be better suited for your dollar.

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