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QNAP TS-453B (8GB) 4-Bay NAS Review

Rating: 8.5.

QNAP's TS-453B is the 4-bay member of QNAP's latest TS-x53B family of NAS units which sit under the companies SMB product line. The TS-x53B series are the first of their class to feature a PCIe slot for supporting fast networking cards or SSD caching.

For a 4-bay NAS, the TS-435B is a really compact design measuring just 226 x 170 x 168mm. With the TS-x53B lineup, QNAP has introduced a new design styling.

The TS-453B is available in two memory versions, the base 4GB model (TS-453B-4G) and the 8GB version (TS-453B-8G) that QNAP submitted for review. All three models in the range (2, 4, and 6-bay) are powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 (Apollo Lake) quad core J3455 CPU which has a base speed of 1.5GHz with a burst speed of up to 2.3GHz.

QNAP quote transfer speeds for the TS-453B of up to 225MB/s for both read and writes with both LAN ports in Link Aggregation mode.

Although the TS-453B sits under the SMB banner it would make a powerful central hub of a home entertainment network with its 4K hardware decoding support and its ability to transcode 4K H.264 videos either on-the-fly or offline. Added to this is the wide range of media apps in the QTS Apps center including HD Station. By using the HD Station app with either a USB Mouse/keyboard plugged into the NAS or the bundled remote control and connecting an HDMI monitor or TV, you don't even have to fire up a PC to use the TS-453B.

Intel Celeron 1.5GHz CPU.
8GB Memory.
AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption.
PCIe slot.
USB-C QuickAccess port

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