The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS vs The QNAP TS-231 NAS – Compare Brand against Brand in a NAS Faceoff

Which Budget NAS should you buy for your cost-effective Server?

The WDBVBZ0000NCH-EESN unlike the TS-231, is made by Western Digital. There always other brands out there like Western Digital which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. Unlike the TS-231 this box has the Marvell ARMADA 385 dual core 1.3 GHz processor. Another key difference between the TS-231 is RAM. WDBVBZ0000NCH-EESN arrives with 1GB RAM.

There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. Two USB3 ports on this Western Digital is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process.

With two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.

The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

£140 ex.VAT and Media



The QNAP TS-231

£120 ex.VAT and Media



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2- Bay – Cannot be Expanded 2- Bay – Cannot be Expanded
Marvell ARMADA 385

Dual core 1.3 GHz

Freescale™ ARM® Cortex®-A9

Dual-core 1.2GHz

1GB DDR3 512 MB DDR3
USB 3.0 x 2

LAN x1

USB 3.0 x 3

Front Mounted 1 touch COPY button

Esata x1

LAN x2

Maximum Drive – 8TB x2 Maximum Drive – 8TB x2
Internal File System EXT4 Internal File System EXT4
2 Year Warranty 2 Year Warranty
14.1 W (Access) 
4.22 W (HDD Hibernation) 
20.56 W (Access)
9.78 W (HDD Hibernation)
116MB/s Read

118MB/s Write

104MB/s Read

162MB/s Write