QNAP systems has introduced two new dual-core NAS devices, the 2-bay TS-251A and the 4-bay TS-451A. Both models come with a unique USB QuickAccess port that allows users to connect them to their PCs via a USB 3.0 port and enjoy up to 100 MB/s throughput. They also support 4K video playback and transcoding support.
The two models are powered by Intel’s latest 14nm Celeron dual-core processor clocked at 1.60 GHz (burst up to 2.48 GHz) with a TDP rating of just 6 watts. In terms of memory, you get dual-channel 2GB/4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, which can be further expanded to 8GB. Ports include two Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet ports, 1 USB 3.0 Micro-B QuickAccess port, 1 3.5mm microphone jack, 1 3.5mm line-out audio jack, and an HDMI out port.
The USB QuickAccess port, as we mentioned above, is one of the key features of the two new QNAP NAS devices. It allows plug-and-play use experience for both Windows and Mac users, allowing them to quickly complete the first-time installation and then access the NAS files in day-to-day use.
Now let’s talk about the multimedia features. The two NAS devices can easily be connected to your TV or A/V receiver to enjoy 4K UHD videos stored on them. You can also enjoy a karaoke experience with the OceanKTV app and the 3.5mm microphone jack + line-out port.
VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) feature lets you expand the storage capacity of the TS-x51A with unused space from other QNAP NAS, or by attaching a QNAP expansion enclosure such as the UX-800P or the UX-500P. Users will also be able to run the Ubuntu operating system on the TS-x51A, thanks to Linux Station. Both of the new NAS devices run on the QTS 4.2.2 operating system with several useful features such as Hybrid Backup Sync, QTS Storage Manager with a web-based snapshot tool, Virtualization Station, and more.
No word on pricing or availability yet.