The QNAP 251+ Versus The Thecus N2810 NAS Faceoff Brand VS Brand

The QNAP TS-251+ Vs The Thecus N2810  NAS – Brand VS Brand

ibq-251p1 DESIGN – Second only to the QNAP TS-253A, the QNAP TS-251+ is one of the best 2-bay NAS units from QNAP in the market this 2016. The design is the result of years of chassis design in previous unit and is very easy on the eye. A good combination of plastic and metal throughout where it counts.

FEATURES – With the exception of 4K transcoding and AES-NI level encryption, this NAS can do everything! Of course if you want things done to an enterprise level, then you should go for some bigger units, but you will be hard pushed to find a better 2 bay NAS for Plex Media Server NAS use, Virtual Machines and All things NAS – particularly at just over £200 to buy this NAS

PERFORMANCE – Again, easily a front runner in the 2-BAY NAS market for performance across all NAS use types. In this league of excellence you will find the QNAP TS-253A-4G and the Synology DS716+ NAS. Any of these 3 NAS devices will give you first class Network Attached Storage performance.

VALUE – For just over £200 you will be hard pushed to find a better 2-bay NAS. Add to that the ever versatile QNAP operating system and the wealth of features that it offers. If you haven’t already ordered this NAS – PUT IT IN YOUR BASKET NOW!

Now we can look at the Thecus N2810 NAS

Thecus N2810 4k hOME nas 2-bay 2016 3DESIGN – Sturdy design with good mix of metal and plastic as you would expect from a 2-bay Home and SMB NAS

FEATURES – Definitely a NAS to rival the big releases of 2016 and with Thecus’ new and improved Thecus0S 7 operating system, the company has really improved the stakes with their latest NAS release. Plus almost 800 apps in their app NAS app store for free.

PERFORMANCE – With link aggregation available over the 2 LAN ports and HDMI to smoothly play media to your TV or monitor, there is alot to be achieved with your data here – as well as USB 3.0 Throughout.

VALUE – A fantastic new release from Thecus NAS and definitely a breath of fresh air to see them breaking the 4K NAS market with their x86 CPU Plex Media Server NAS with AES-NI Encryption inside.

How the NAS units Compare

The QNAP TS-251+ NAS


£223 ex.VAT Without HDD Media


The Thecus N2810 NAS

Thecus N2810 4k hOME nas 2-bay 2016 1

£249 ex.VAT and Without HDD Media


CPU Model Intel Celeron N3160



Intel Celeron N3050 Dual Core CPU – Braswell Chip



CPU Frequency Quad-Core 2.0GHz, burst up to 2.16GHz Dual-Core 1.6GHz, burst up to 2.16GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine  Yes YES
Floating Point YES YES
System Memory 2GB RAM (that can be upgraded to 8GB) 2GB RAM (that can be upgraded to 8GB)


Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 16 TB (8 TB HDD X 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 16 TB (8 TB HDD X 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Hot Swappable Drive YES YES
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit Maximum 10


*Expand with the UX-500P and UX-800P

2 – Can only be expanded by connecting large external drives via USB 3.0. Cannot be RAID’d with the 2 bays in the device
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USB 2.0 Port 2 0
USB 3.0 Port 2 3
eSATA Port 0 0
HDMI 1 1
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 2 2
Internal File System EXT 4 EXT 4
Encryption AES AES-NI
Noise Level 19.7 dB(A) 19.9dB(A)

Unit fan was a pinch noisier when in access compared to the DS216+

Power Consumption* HDD standby: 10.56W
In operation 18.09W
HDD standby: 9.78W;
In operation: 20.56W
Device Support and Service 4K , Mobile Apps, DSM Software, Plex and Kodi support 4K , Intel Security Virus Protection and Acronis software free, More mobile apps (700+)
Read and Write Speeds Max Via a two LAN port

Read – 223MB/s

Write – 225MB/s

Max Via a Two LAN port

Read – 178MB/s

Write – 141MB/s

Warranty 2 Years 2 Years

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