Which QNAP 4-Bay deserves your Plex, 4K and NAS data?
Which NAS should you Buy? Second only to the QNAP TS-453A, the QNAP TS-451+ is one of the best 4-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.
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 4 bay NAS for Plex Media Server NAS use, Virtual Machines and All things NAS – particularly at just over £200 to buy this NAS
What about NAS cost and their popularity?
Easily a front runner in the 4-BAY NAS market for performance across all NAS use types. In this league of excellence you will find the QNAP TS-453A-4G and the Synology DS716+ NAS. Any of these 3 NAS devices will give you first class Network Attached Storage performance
For just over £280 you will be hard pushed to find a better 4-bay NAS. Add to that the ever versatile QNAP operating system and the wealth of features that it offers.
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How do the QNAP TS-453A and TS-451+ compare on paper?
The TS-451+-2G same as the TS-453A-4G is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-451+-2G to your needs. Unlike the TS-453A-4G this box has theIntel Celeron 2.0GHz Quad Core (up to 2.42GHz) processor. With its 2.0GHZ processor, this box should have no trouble transcoding your videos up to 1080P via the native MANUFACTURER apps. Another key difference between the TS-453A-4G is RAM. TS-451+-2G arrives with 2GB RAM. The TS-451+-2G 2GB RAM compared with TS-453A-4G 4GB is clearly weaker.
At the back of the box you will find HDMI port which will let you connect it to TV or monitor. In this case you are not limited to network speeds. There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. TwoUSB3 ports on this Qnap 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. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.
With 4 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. 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.
Price And Warranty
This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £72.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-453A-4G.