QNAP’s HS-453DX two-bay NAS field weighs in at a hefty $699 MSRP with out drives, however it’s a multimedia beast that won’t solely stream recordsdata, however play them immediately onto your show or TV through HDMI. Throw in a tiered SSD/HDD construction and 10-gigabit ethernet, and the value begins to make sense, even when it stays formidable to the common person. Also difficult might be the configuration. But if the value and setup don’t section you, you’ll like this field.

Design and specs

The HS-453DX, like its HS-251 predecessors, seems extra like a cable field than your conventional NAS gadget. Largely as a result of its two 3.5-inch drive bays are laid out horizontally, somewhat than within the typical vertical association. The unit can also be fan-less which makes it very, very quiet. It can even make it highly regarded, relying on utilization and what you employ for storage: SSDs or arduous drives. As the brushed-metal prime of the unit serves as a warmth sink, with at the least some air circulation within the space, thermal issues mustn’t happen. 

The HS-453DX is definitely a four-drive unit should you rely the 2 M.2 slots supporting SATA 6Gbps SSDs. The SSDs can be utilized for caching, or as regular volumes. The slots are accessed by eradicating the to prime/cowl, which is secured by seven quick screws accessed from the underside of the unit.

Tip: You don’t must take away the screws fully. If you’re light, you may stand the unit upright and add a drive with out ever having the screws fall out, after which lay it again down and re-tighten them. 


The port array on the again of the HS-453DX seems extra like what you’d discover on a wise TV than a NAS field’s.

Two ethernet ports are on the again of the unit, the second of which helps 10-gigabit ethernet (that drops to 2.5Gbps should you’re utilizing lower than CAT7 cable). There are additionally two USB 2.0 ports, two Type-A USB 3.0 ports, and a single Type-C USB 3.0 port. Multimedia I/O is supported by two 3.5mm analog audio inputs and a 3.5mm audio output, plus two HDMI 2.0 ports that assist video decision as much as (3840 x 2160 pixels at a 60Hz refresh reate).

The HS-453DX is wider than the HS-251 that I’m used to—practically 16 inches versus slightly below 12 inches. Both the HS-251 and HS-453DX are about 9 inches deep and rather less than 2 inches tall. 

Unlike the largely black HS-251, the HS-453DX is completed up in white and the aforementioned brushed metallic. Personally, I favored the much less apparent look of the older items, in addition to the on/off button placement on the again. You should take away the magnetically connected entrance cowl from the HS-453DX to entry its on/off swap. Normally, this isn’t a problem, however I used to be by no means in a position to get the field to energy up on a schedule. The HS-251 often suffers this concern as properly.

The HS-453DX is powered by an Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core processor 1.5GHz (with burst speeds as much as 2.5GHz), which is in flip fed by both 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 reminiscence relying on the configuration you order. The SODIMM slots, just like the M.2 slots are additionally accessible with the highest cowl off. 

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