Compare Qnap Desktop NAS TS-253Be-2G 2-Bay RAID (2GB RAM) AND Qnap Desktop NAS TS-231K 2-Bay RAID (1GB RAM)


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TS-253Be-2G
IBQ-253Be-2G
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£296.00 ex.VAT
£355.20 inc.VAT
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TS-231K
IBQ-231K
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£175.00 ex.VAT
£210.00 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBQ-253Be-2G
IBQ-231K
Brand
Qnap
Qnap
Series
Desktop NAS
Desktop NAS
Model
TS-253Be-2G
TS-231K
Type
2-Bay RAID (2GB RAM)
2-Bay RAID (1GB RAM)
UPC
885022018826
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
09/01/2018
24/02/2020

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
168 x 105 x 226 mm
161 × 102 × 219 mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
1GB DDR3
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz)
Alpine AL-214, ARM v7, 32-bit, 4-core, 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
2215
low
Total Drives
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
2
RAID
0:1:JBOD:
0:1:JBOD:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
2X HDMI
2X LAN
1X PCIe v2 x2
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
5X USB3 type A (host)
2X RJ45 1GbE
2X SATA 3.5
3X USB3.2 gen1 5G
Speed
Speed/RPM
6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA 6Gb/s to 1GbE LAN
Physical
Weight (kg)
2.6kg
2.39kg
Weight (bare)
1.66kg
1.35kg
Colour
Black
White
Reviews
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-253Be-2G


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£296.00
Price inc.VAT:£355.20



7.8

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
Qnap TS-253Be-2G PROS

designVery unique chassis design from QNAP in the newly release TS-253Be NAS for 2018. It is both compact and remarkably packed with features. The removable front panel acts as both protection for the HDD trays and a preventative measure for dust. Also the addition of an LCD panel, PCIe slot for upgrages to 10Gbe + SSD Cache and 1 Touch copy button mean this small little NAS has an incredible number of features.
featuresEasily one of the most fully featured NAS servers in this price range available to date! With many of the key hardware and software applications of the QNAP TVS-473, TS-451A, TS-453A and more - but all available in this single NAS. Dual HDMI, DUAL LAN, PCIe Slot, one touch USB 3.0 Copy, Hot Swapping, new and improved remote control (optional) and more. This is fast becoming the home and SMB NAS to beat in 2018 from QNAP!
performanceSupporting everything from Plex, Kodi over HDMI in Linux Station, VMs, standalone surveillance, all RAID levels, DLNA support, apple time machine, Mac and Windows full RTRRR, QVR Pro Beta and more - you will struggle to find something this NAS cannot do!
valueFor the pure funtionality and ability, you will struggle to do better than this NAS. It is designed to be the answer to your NAS needs and delivers in almost everyway. It brings years of technical evolution and innovation to a climax and produces a fantastic little NAS solution in the TS-253Be.
Qnap TS-253Be-2G CONS

designShame it is almost 80% plastic externally. Yes that reduces noise and makes it quite, but some may be put off by this.
featuresThose looking for something for enterprise use will perhaps be better looking for something in the TVS-1282 Series in an i5 or i7. This NAS is about being able to do many, many things very well, rather than 1 or 2 things incredibly!
performanceWe just wish QNAP released the Thunderbolt 3 Card to buy functionality. A two Bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS would be incredible! Such a shame...but you never know!
valueMisses the mark just a little without arriving with TB3 connectivity and some users may be put off by the plastic chassis.



General Performance

The TS-253Be-2G same as the TS-231K 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-253Be-2G to your needs. Unlike the TS-231K this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor. Another key difference between the TS-231K is RAM. TS-253Be-2G arrives with 2GB RAM. The TS-253Be-2G 2GB RAM compared with TS-231K 1GB DDR3 is clearly weaker.

About Connections

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. PCIe port is new feature in desktop NAS market. You can utilise it by adding M.2 SSD for caching or adding 10Gbe fast network card for faster data transfer speed. 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. Five USB3 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.

About Usage

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.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £296.00.
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-231K


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£175.00
Price inc.VAT:£210.00



7.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
Qnap TS-231K PROS

designClean plastic design with simple lines well suited for a budget NAS. Front USB allows for easy connection coupled with the easy copy button.
featuresThe TS-231K has 2 hot-swap "lockable" trays, this feature is usually not found on the budget NAS's. It comes pack with not 1 3.2 gen 2 USB port, but 3! This allows for expansion adapters like the 5g LAN adapter. If the adapter is not interesting to you then this unit has x2 LAN RJ45 allowing you to LAG your NAS for increased bandwidth.
performanceThe TS-231K comes with 1GB of RAM which will come in handy with the system and apps. The ARM will handle some Transcoding of 720P video, but as a backup server and file station is what this unit is designed for.
valueCheapest 2bay Qnap offer - great for backups and redundancy. At this price range is perfect to start your Qnap experience without the price tag.
Qnap TS-231K CONS

designVery simple design leaving the NAS feeling basic
featuresLimited to 3 USB and 2 RJ45 ports but as this is a Budget NAS there is not much feature expected
performanceThe AL-214 ARM CPU could be more powerful but then that would only be needed for media and multitasking
valueNot the cheapest 2 bay as other NAS's are cheaper but also with weaker hardware. Price = Performace



General Performance

The TS-231K same as the TS-253Be-2G 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-231K to your needs. Unlike the TS-253Be-2G this box has the Alpine AL-214, ARM v7, 32-bit, 4-core, 1.7GHz processor. With its ARM V7 processor, this box should have no trouble transcoding your videos up to 720P via the native MANUFACTURER apps. Another key difference between the TS-253Be-2G is RAM. TS-231K arrives with 1GB DDR3 RAM. The TS-231K 1GB DDR3 RAM compared with TS-253Be-2G 2GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

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. Three USB3 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.

About Usage

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.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £121.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-253Be-2G.


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