QNAP announced today the QNAP HS-251+, an upgraded version of last year’s fanless NAS, the HS-251. Basically, the new HS-251+ is more or less exactly the same with the non plus variant, except for the processor and the added accessory. It is now powered with a Quad Core Intel Celeron processor and they also included a QNAP remote control. With the more powerful processor, this makes video transcoding faster and you can easily navigate thanks to the added remote control. Check out the rest of the details of the new QNAP HS-251+ from the official news below.
QNAP HS-251+ Fanless NAS Features
QNAP Systems Inc. today announced the release of the latest addition to its Silent NAS series, the more advanced QNAP HS-251+ with a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM, and powerful integrated graphics. It is designed as a home NAS for entertainment, and supports a wide range of multimedia applications, HDMI connectivity for local playback, real-time and offline video transcoding, and scalability to accommodate large HD media collections. Housed within a stylish and compact set-top box design with no moving parts and supporting up to two 8TB hard drives, the fanless HS-251+ is the best choice for those looking for a silent NAS, as well as a Home Theater PC/NAS combo.
According to Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP: “We are proud of our Silent NAS series and are happy to announce the launch of the upgraded quad-core Silent NAS which provides more power to handle multimedia applications and brings greater entertainment potential with a free remote control,”. “This amazing NAS is coupled with an unrivalled set of apps and features that allow home users to enjoy a perfect home theater experience while providing a secure centralized storage for all of their files, and much more.”
Unlike conventional NAS that come in heavy and sometimes unwieldy boxes that are too big and noisy for being an integral part of a digital lifestyle and living room, the silent & modern QNAP HS-251+ NAS inherits the innovative design that won its predecessor the iF Design Award 2014, and perfectly fits alongside HDTVs, stereos, A/V receivers and game consoles.
The QNAP HS-251+ allows users to connect to an HDTV or an A/V receiver and to use the HybridDesk Station (HD Station) to enjoy rich multimedia content with the best audiovisual experience. HD Station features the powerful Kodi media player that enables users to enjoy the videos, music and photos stored on their HS-251+, watch YouTube and surf the web with the free bundled QNAP remote control or Qremote mobile app.
Powered by the latest QTS 4.2 operating system, the QNAP HS-251+ is easy to set up, manage and is simple for everyday use. Users can enjoy multimedia, organize and back up files, and synchronize and share to other devices easily with no learning process required. The HS-251+ also supports excellent real-time and offline transcoding capabilities as well as streaming photos, music and videos to different rooms from a single device using Bluetooth, USB devices, HDMI, DLNA, Apple TV and Chromecast as a multi-zone control system. And with a wide range of mobile apps, users can enjoy multimedia, access their data and manage the HS-251+ anytime, anywhere.
The QNAP HS-251+ is an ideal storage for media archiving. Supporting RAID 1 or RAID 0, it is scalable by connecting an expansion enclosure (the 8-bay UX-800P or the 5-bay UX-500P) to provide a total capacity of up to 80TB. With a world of audio and videos stored inside, users can quickly find desired files with the new Qsirch smart search application.
QNAP HS-251+ Specifications
|CPU||Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.42GHz)|
|DRAM||2GB DDR3L RAM|
|Flash Memory||512MB DOM|
|Hard Disk Drive||2 x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SSD or NAS SATA Hard Drives|
|Hard Disk Tray||2 x Hot-swappable tray|
|LAN Port||2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port|
|LED Indicators||Status, LAN|
|USB||2 x USB 3.0 port|
2 x USB 2.0 port
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
|Alarm Buzzer||System warning|
|IR Receiver||V (QNAP RM-IR002 Remote Control)|
|Dimensions||41.3 (H) x 302 (W) x 220 (D) mm|
1.62 (H) x 11.89 (W) x 8.66 (D) inch
|Weight||Net: 1.56 kg / 3.44 lb|
Gross: 2.62 kg / 5.78 lb
|Power Consumption (W)||S3 sleep mode: 0.6W|
HDD standby: 7.1W
(with 2 x 3TB WD WD30EFRX NAS HDD installed)
|Humidity||5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C|
|Power Supply||External Power Adapter, 60W, 100-240V|
|Secure Design||Kensington security slot for theft prevention|
Price and Availability
According to QNAP, the new HS-251+ should be available by now. But we haven’t seen it listed on popular online stores yet. We’ll try to post an update once it becomes available online. Meanwhile, the HS-251 is available at B&H here or at Adorama here, and currently retails for as low as $429 USD.