QNAP TS-253A or the TS-253Be NAS?

Choosing Between the QNAP TS-253Be and the TS-253A NAS

I have watched several of your videos and although I’m not techy advanced, I had determined to plunge into the NAS market with the QNAP TS-253A. I just checked Amazon.co.uk and found there is a newer model (the QNAP TS-253Be-4G 2-Bay 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-Core).
Please, would you advise me? Is this newer model that much better and worth the extra?
Thank you for your consideration.Best wishes, Edward

The Difference Between the QNAP TS-253A and TS-253Be

Thank you for your message, I hope I can help (spot of British modesty there). I apologise for any typos in my reply, this is being composed whilst on the move. Anyway, moving this rather apologetic introduction aside, on to your question.

The TS-253A is an EXCELLENT NAS. However, it was released in October 2015 and is now end-of-life. What this means in real terms is that QNAP has ceased production of this NAS and moved onto a newer model. As you rightly point out, the TS-253Be is the successor to the device. I can comfortably say that in almost all regards, the newer TS-253Be is a better NAS. However, there are a few areas to remember. One, the TS-253Be does not include a remote control (though this can be purchased separately, or you can use the office QNAP app for iOs and Android). Two the TS-253A is almost completely metal in design, whereas the TS-253Be is smaller and more plastic in its outer casing. This is not really a big issue and something more of a personal preference. I made a video recently regarding the TS-453A and the TS-453Be which is very appropriate here

The TS-253Be and TS-453Be have a better and more efficient CPU, a PCIe expansion slot for adding SSD cache cards and/or 10Gbe if you need, has an LCD slot, rear speaker and has screwless drive installation. Also, it performs better in Plex as a media server and supports all the software abilities of the QTS 4.3.4 software from QNAP.  Below is a breakdown of the specs between the QNAP TS-253A, TS-253Be and TS-253B:

TS-253A vs TS-253Be vs TS-253B compared

Model TS-253A

TS-253Be

TS-253B

processor 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150/N3160 1.6 GHz quad-core processor Intel® Celeron® J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz up to 2.3 GHz Intel® Celeron® J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz up to 2.3 GHz
RAM 4G (2 x 2GB)/8G (2 x 4GB) SODIMM DDR3L-1600 2G (1 x 2GB)/4G (2 x 2GB) SODIMM DDR3L-1600 4G (2 x 2GB)/8G (2 x 4GB) SODIMM DDR3L-1600
Hardware Encryption AES-NI AES-NI AES-NI
GPU 8th generation Intel HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 500 Intel® HD Graphics 500
Memory Slots 2 2 2
LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 2 x Gigabit RJ-45
USB 4 x USB 3.0 port (Front:1, Rear:3) 5 x USB 3.0 port (Front:1, Rear:4) 5 x USB 3.0 port (Front:1, Rear:4)
Video Output 2 x HDMI, up to 4K 2160P 30Hz 2 x HDMI v1.4b up to 3840 x 2160, 30 Hz 2 x HDMI v1.4b up to 3840 x 2160, 30 Hz
Audio IN/Out IN/Out IN/Out
Direct attach USB Type-C NO NO YES
SD CARD Reader NO NO YES
Button one-touch-backup one-touch-backup one-touch-backup
IR Remote Included NO Included
Power Consumption (W) System sleep mode: 1.18W HDD standby: 8.38WIn operation: 14.43W Hard disk hibernation: 13.07W general operation: 20.42W Hard disk hibernation: 13.07W general operation: 0.42W
Sound Level* 18.3 dB(A) 16.7 dB(A) 16.7 dB(A)
PCIe SLOT NO 1 PCIe 2.0 x2 slot 1 PCIe 2.0 x2 slot
LCD display / button NO NO OLED (with capacitive touch button)
10GbE Expandable NO YES YES

TS-253A vs TS-253Be vs TS-253B – Conclusion

I would recommend going for the QNAP TS-253Be, as it is a great NAS, quieter and consumes less power. Also, the ability to upgrade to 10Gbe almost justifies the purchase entirely. Features like the remote control can easily be remedied, so it makes it a good upgrade on the TS-253A. If you can stretch your budget to the TS-253Be, so you can take advantage of the SD Card slot, USB 3.0 DAS/Direct access port and have more memory by default, go for it – but otherwise, the QNAP TS-253Be is an excellent middle ground. If you want to know more about the difference between the TS-253B/TS-453B and the TS-253Be/TS-453Be, take a look at the article below:

QNAP TS-253B Vs TS-253Be Vs TS-453B Vs TS-453Be NAS

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Kind regards,

@Robbieonthetube

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