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QNAP TS-853A Review: NAS does QTS + Linux combo

By Steve
Nov 15, 2016
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  1. Having developed NAS products for more than a decade, QNAP now ships a massive range of devices for both enterprise and home environments. We've tested many of the company's offerings over the years and one of its most recent releases, the TS-x53A, just so happens to be on-hand today in its biggest form, touting eight drive bays, a Braswell quad-core SoC, and a heap of connectivity options.

    Offered additionally in two ($448), four ($598), and six-bay ($792) versions, the TS-x53A is a broad series of new NAS boxes supporting QNAP's HybridDesk Station and QTS-Linux dual system features. This is said to be the first QTS-Linux dual system NAS geared for the Internet of Things era.

    This is something I feel QNAP is doing much better than any of its competitors. By simply plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor, the TS-853A pretty much becomes a PC and could certainly displace an HTPC. It's also possible to operate the Linux Station as a remote desktop via web browser for instant management.

    Read the complete review.

     
  2. fktech

    fktech TS Booster Posts: 118   +39

    QNAP TS-653A (8GB RAM version) 6-Bay Professional-Grade Network Attached Storage $939 on Amazon. Expensive but nice capabilities.
     
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    Yep but as I said in the review, don't buy the 8GB models. The 4GB version is $150 cheaper, 4GB of DDR3L memory doesn't cost nearly that much, think $25 ;)
     
  4. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 416   +220

    I have a 12TB WD My Cloud. It is very efficient and gives me internet access from anywhere in the world. It's amazing actually - to be able to listen to music from the drive in a Dubai hotel room.

    My only problem is streaming porn from it sometimes doesn't work as well as I'd expect. WMV files work best.
     
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  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    The WD My Cloud series is a nice cheap alternative, very nice for the price but still in a much lower class. As affordable as the My Cloud series is, there are probably cheaper alternatives for streaming porn. Of course I wouldn't know but given the demand I have to imagine there is ;)
     
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  6. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Booster Posts: 189   +88

    I feel your pain mate.
     
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  7. Marius033

    Marius033 TS Rookie

    I own one 853a with 5gb ram.
    Problem: from 14 to 14 seconds hard disks are accessed (write).
    All aps uninstalled/deactivated.
    This will make extremely short life for hard discs.
    Qnap helpdesk say: Known problem. We will inform you when will be an solution.
    If you search the internet this problem is known from years, is quite comon.... and generally is no solution.
     
  8. Marius033

    Marius033 TS Rookie

    Qnap 853A with 4gb ram and 8 hdd segate 4tb
     

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