Form Factor / Drive Height
Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz)
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
designCombination of metal and plastic, this QNAP NAS is designed to fit in both an office and home environment - very compact yet functional
featuresIn terms of Price vs Ability, you will struggle to find a better NAS - the QNAP TS-x53a Series is easily the best QNAP NAS of the year for us at SPAN.COM.
performanceThis NAS is designed with multitasking and can handly VMWare, Plex, KODI, Emby, Surveillance over IP Cameras and more, as well as arriving with DUAL OS Linux Setup as you wish and a remote control and dual HDMI IN 1080p and 4K transcoding. Hard to argue with that kind of ability
valueStill one of the best NAS servers out there - Cost wise it is VERY well placed and will continue to be one of the best NAS devices we at SPAN.COM will recommend you to buy throughout 2017.
designAs it is mostly metallic, it is a pinch noiser than a whole plastic version.
featuresThe CPU is not as powerful as the Pentium CPU in the latest WD PR4100 and others but this is so much lower in price
performanceOnce again, there are bigger and better CPUs out there and this NAS is not quite suitable if you want PLEX 1080p transcoding on EVERYTHING (though it can handle 1080p HD it may struggle with high bitrate or dense media unlike an i7 CPU)
valueJust a shame that there isn't a Pentium or Intel i3 version available
General PerformanceThe TS-453A-4G same as the TS-431P 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-453A-4G to your needs. This unit also arrives with a One-touch Backup button on the front panel, when it is configured on the TS-453A-4G, it can be used to backup data off of the USB device, or vice versa. The quiet cooling fan has been used in the construction of the TS-453A-4G. This is what you want when box is sitting on your work desk. Unlike the TS-431P this box has the Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz) processor. Another key difference between the TS-431P is RAM. TS-453A-4G arrives with 4GB RAM. The TS-453A-4G 4GB RAM compared with TS-431P 1GB 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. You might be interested in audio output ports. With TS-453A-4G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. The TS-453A-4G is packed with remote control for you to conveniently control the HD Station via the built-in IR receiver of the TS-453A-4G. With four LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level NAS. Four 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 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 is the most expensive box with the price tag £397.00.
designIt's a budget/Cost Effective NAS and therefore you cannot expect a superior build quality as you see in the QNAP TVS-1282T or the Synology DS3617xs. But even though it is a bit plastic-y, it is still functional and keeps the noise lower than you would expect.
featuresThe Annapurna CPU, though not breathtakingly powerful is still more than able to perform many, many tasks and is actually alot better than the CPU in most Budget or Cheap NAS servers
performanceIf you need a small to medium task level NAS for your file server needs and light to Medium Media Access via DLNA or the Native QNAP Apps, then this NAS will perform very well for you indeed
valueExcellent Value and if you need a RAID enabled NAS server for Windows or Mac - The TS-431p is the NAS device for you.
designThe Plastoc trays and horrible lockless design make you feel like you are breaking the trays each time you use them. I would recommend replacing the trays with Metal Trays from QNAP
featuresNevertheless, it is still an ARM CPU and therefore functions and applications like PLEX Transcoding and Virtual Machines are not available to you with a NAS like this one.
performanceHowever if you need slightly more intensive, larger file operations or who to move towards that in the next year or two, then you are better off spending a little more on the QNAP TS-453A here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-453A-4G-4-Bay-RAID-0-1-5-6-4GB-RAM-~52841
valueIf you want a NAS that can do more intensive operations then what you save in the low price, you also lose in it's ability - this NAS is excellent for the price if you need smaller file access/volumne - Not if you want RAW power.
General PerformanceThe TS-431P 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-431P to your needs. Unlike the TS-453A-4G this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor. Another key difference between the TS-453A-4G is RAM. TS-431P arrives with 1GB RAM. The TS-431P 1GB RAM compared with TS-453A-4G 4GB 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.
About Usage 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.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £183.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-453A-4G.