QNAP launches budget TS-215C dual-bay NAS

March 16, 2015 // 11:43 a.m.

Tags: #celeron #kodi #nas #network-attached-storage #qnap #qnap-turbo-nas #sata #ts-215 #ts-215c #turbo-nas #xbmc

Network-attached storage specialist QNAP has announced the launch of a new entry in its Turbo NAS family: the Intel Celeron-based TS-251C Turbo NAS.

Designed for home and small office use, the TS-215C is powered by a 2.41GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor coupled to 1GB of DDR3L memory and a gigabit Ethernet port. Using QNAP's own Linux-based operating system, the company claims the device can handle up to 112MB/s throughput even with encryption enabled - taking advantage, no doubt, of the AES-NI acceleration available in the processor of choice.

The TS-251C is a dual-bay NAS supporting 3.5" SATA hard drives, and includes a single USB 3.0 port for future expansion. Two USB 2.0 ports are also included, which comes in handy for a keyboard and mouse when using the surprising-in-a-NAS HDMI output - the latter allowing media playback via the Kodi application, formerly known as XBMC, without needing a further client device and supporting an optional IR remote control. The media support makes further use of the Celeron processor by allowing real-time transcoding of media, converting videos and audio to whatever resolution and format is best suited to a particular connecting client.

'The TS-251C is the ideal choice for users to quickly create a secure personal space for file storage, backup, synchronisation and multimedia,' claimed Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP, at the unveiling. 'It comes with a surprising price tag that offers an incredible choice for budget-concerned users that want the best possible performance.'

UK pricing for the NAS has yet to be confirmed but should be significantly lower than the £275 hot-swap TS-251 on which it is based, with the loss of the hot-swap drive bays and upgradeable RAM. More details are available on the official website.
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