QNAP has announced its new budget-friendly two-bay NAS aimed at home users and supporting hardware-accelerated media playback. The TS-251D can store up to 32 TB of data using today’s hard drives and can be further expanded with a PCIe card to add SSD caching or other options.

The QNAP TS-251D NAS is based on Intel’s dual-core Celeron J4005 processor with UHD 600 Graphics core and hardware decoding for multiple modern video codecs. The SoC is accompanied by 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR4 memory that can be expanded by the end user. The NAS has two bays that can support 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs with a SATA 6 Gbps interface, though RAID modes are not supported. The unit has one GbE port, one HDMI 2.0 output, two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 connectors, and an IR sensor for an optional remote.

The key feature of the QNAP TS-251D is its PCIe 3.0 x4 slot that can be used to install one of the company’s expansion cards, including the following:

  • The QNAP QXG: a 10GbE/5GbE network adapter.
  • The QM2: a card with an M.2-2280 slot for an SSD and a 10 GbE interface.
  • The QNAP QWA-AC2600: a Wi-Fi 5 card with an additional USB 3.1 Gen 2 port.

The QNAP TS-251D NAS runs the company’s QTS 4.4.1 operating system and supports a variety of client OSes, including Apple macOS 10.7 and later, Microsoft Windows 7 and later, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and later, as well as Linux/Unix.

QNAP’s TS-251D NAS for home users will be available shortly. Prices were not touched upon.

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  • nicolaim - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    What's the point of a NAS without RAID?
  • sorten - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    If this is intended for media storage and streaming, then RAID wouldn't really be necessary. I think that's more important with DAS boxes that are being used to edit media.

    I'm more curious about the need for HDMI.
  • close - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    It's just another copy/pasta from the press release, with no fact checking as usual because that's how we roll here. The product page mentions RAID: https://www.qnap.com/en/product/ts-251d
  • mukiex - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    No kidding. This looks more like a media player w/ a buncha local storage than a NAS.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    I'm thinking an error because it was missing on the PR page. The product page includes a RAID0 benchmark, and lists using raid to upgrade your volume size by hot swapping larger drives in which only makes sense with RAID1. It also supports mounting external drives which might allow RAID5/10 via an external 4 disk enclosure.

  • MASSAMKULABOX - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    You cant utter "raid" without specifying what raid ? Whats the point of raid
    5 0 1 10 ?? Like the colors but Guessing £220 ? is still too much imo
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    It does, but the trend now is to not really call it RAID because each NAS company markets its in its own form. Besides RAID is not really a issue considering they load balance as a option..even if not listed as RAID
  • ksec - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    1. Why are there no RAID? Not even Software RAID?
    2. Why does it use a Desktop Atom, Celeron J rather than Mobile / Tablet Celeron N? Cost?
    3. QNAP QXG is going for $80 in Amazon.com
    4. How would the WiFi expansion work? It connect to Router wirelessly?

    Really wish someone make a similar box so I can install FreeNAS with ZFS on it.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    The closest you're likely to get for FreeNAS or any other DIY solution is probably a u-nas case with an MITX board.

  • scineram - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    A Microserver is fine. I got gen 10.

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