QNAP TS-131K, 231K, 431K NAS for Budget Performance NAS
More updates on the new budget NAS from QNAP and good news for those of you looking for a high performance, low-cost file server (with a few extras thrown in) with full specifications and software details on the new 1, 2 and 4-Bay NAS in the TS-X31K series. Below is everything we know about the TS-131K, TS-231K and TS-431K NAS from QNAP and should help you decide if this modest but speedy device is worth your time and your data.
Powerful Yet Affordable NAS Solution in 1, 2 and 4-Bays
Powered by quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, the TS-X31K series provides 1 drive bays storage space to securely store your important files and data, while allowing you to easily share files with family and friends. Featuring a compact pure white minimalist design, the TS-X31K range can easily integrate with any home décor and takes up very little space. The TS-131K, TS-231K and TS-431K come with lockable drive trays, ensuring the drives will not be accidentally removed or fall out and cause data loss. They provide comprehensive local, off-site and cloud backup and secure Snapshot technology to help create a reliable backup and disaster recovery plan. In the event of a system crash or accidental file deletion, you can quickly restore the system to its normal state.
Highlights of the QNAP TS-131K, TS-231K and TS-431K NAS
- File Station enables centralized file management on the NAS, connected devices, and connected clouds, making data management more easily while saving time.
- HBS (Hybrid Backup Sync) can backup and sync your data to other NAS, servers and cloud storage for comprehensive backup and disaster recovery.
- Snapshots fully record system status and data, allowing you to protect files and data from accidental deletion and malware attacks.
- Rich multimedia applications and a wide range of streaming methods, bringing greater multimedia enjoyment.
- Connect to external USB devices such as card readers, printers or uninterruptable power supply through the USB 3.2 Gen 1 port for greater application potential.
- myQNAPcloud service allows you to easily access, manage, and share NAS files via the Internet.
QNAP TS-131K, TS-231K and TS-431K NAS Performance
The TS-X31K series features an Annapurna Labs AL-214 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor to enhance system performance both inside and out. With 1GB of memory, one Gigabit LAN port, and 1-4 SATA drive bays, they deliver high performance, while also maintaining data security. The TS-131K also features three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, allowing you to transfer large media files between the NAS and your devices. The USB port on the front panel supports one-touch copy, making it convenient for you to backup data on your external device to a NAS or vice versa with just one click.
Flexible Network Connectivity with the TS-X31K NAS Range
You are not limited to the 1Gbe connectivity either, with the connection of the QNAP USB-to-5GbE adapter (QNA-UC5G1T) with the TS-X31K series directly with your computer. By connecting the NAS and PC through the 5GbE adapters, you can create a 5GbE network connectivity for nearly 300 MB/s transfer speed.
When sharing sensitive or confidential files on your QNAP TS-131K, TS-231K and 431K NAS you can enhance data security with File Station by encrypting files into .qenc files and set a password. The file recipients need to download and install QENC Decrypter on their computers and enter the correct password to decrypt, view, and use encrypted .qenc files.
QNAP TS-231K, TS-131K and TS-431K Backup and Snapshot Options
Snapshots help protect your data by fully recording the NAS system status and metadata. If a file is accidentally deleted or modified, you can use snapshots from the Storage & Snapshots Manager or the File Station to quickly restore files to its previously-recorded state. QNAP snapshots are block-based and only record changed data. Not only does this save storage space, but it also reduces the time required to back up and restore data. The hardware inside the TS-X31K series allows support of up to 16 snapshots per volume/LUN, and up to 32 snapshots in total.
QNAP NAS provides a simple solution for backing up/restoring laptops and desktops. You can use QNAP NetBak Replicator to back up files on Windows computers, including Outlook Email archive. The NAS also supports Time Machine on Mac devices, enabling easy, fast, and convenient data backup
Multimedia Support on the QNAP TS-431K, TS-131K and TS-231K NAS
The TS-431K, TS-231K and TS-131K all arrive with a wide range of media applications, including Photo Station, Video Station and Music Station, allowing you to easily manage and view your media files. You can also download Plex Media Server to turn your QNAP NAS into a multimedia server.
Photo Station – Features intuitive interface for you to arrange your photos by drag and drop. You can set access permission and can easily share photos to social media. By installing Qfile or Qphoto mobile apps on your mobile device, you can quickly upload your phone photos to TS-X31K device.
Video Station – A management tool for you to easily manage the videos on the TS-131K, TS-231K or TS-431K according to different categories from a single interface. You can stream videos through DLNA, Apple TV and Chromecast to different devices.
Music Station – Allows you to organize all your song collections by category, and automatically retrieves album covers, making it easy for you to customize playlists and play songs anytime and anywhere from the web-based interface. Music Station also provides Internet radio service for you to listen to any global Internet radio program.
Plex Media Server – Install Plex Media Server on the QNAP 31K series NAS and stream media files on your NAS to Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV for you to enjoy files on your mobile phones, tablets, DLNA devices or on a TV.
Technical Specifications of the TS-431K NAS Drive
Here are the specifications of the QNAP TS-431K. Though it’s worth highlighting that the TS-231K and TS-131K will differ in total storage ability, power consumption and noise.
|CPU||AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-214, 4-core, 1.7GHz|
|CPU Architecture||32-bit ARM|
|Floating Point Unit||YES|
|System Memory||1GB DDR3|
|Maximum Memory||1GB DDR3|
|Flash Memory||512 MB (Dual boot OS protection)|
|Drive Bay||4x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s|
|Drive Compatibility||3.5-inch bays:
3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
|SSD Cache Acceleration Support||YES|
|Gigabit Ethernet Port (RJ45)||2|
|USB 3.2 Gen 1 port||3|
|LED Indicators||Power, Status, LAN, USB, HDD1-4|
|Buttons||Power, Reset, USB Auto Copy|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||161 × 160 × 219 mm|
|Weight (Net)||3 kg|
|Weight (Gross)||4.3 kg|
|Operating temperature||0 – 40 °C (32°F – 104°F)|
|Relative Humidity||5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)|
|Power Supply Unit||90W Adapter, 100-240V|
|Power Consumption: HDD Sleep Mode||11.928 W|
|Power Consumption: Operating Mode, Typical||26.57 W
With drives fully populated
|Fan||1 x 120mm, 12VDC|
|Sound Level||21.3 db(A)|
|Kensington Security Slot||YES|