Network Attached Storage is nothing new, but a NASbook certainly is. When you think of a NAS device you might picture a box with at least two network connections and limited controls on the device with a web based GUI. QNAP have created something very different in the TBS-453A, a NAS in a notebook-like form factor with a lot of extra functionality. You will find two HDMI v2.0 ports, two 3.5mm microphone jacks and an audio line out as well as a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports and three gigabit switch ports as it can function as a router, along with a total of four USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. Unfortunately it lacks 10GbE ports which it would benefit from as it hides inside it four M.2 SATA 6Gbps SSDs which can easily overwhelm a gigabit connection, especially if multiple clients are accessing data simultaneously.
Curious what it is capable of and how well it performs? Check out Nikktech's review.
"Although we all like the concept behind the new TBS-453A NASbook by QNAP quite honestly it feels ahead of its time mainly due to the current pricing of M.2 SSDs and lack of one or more 10GbE ports."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Asustor AS6208T 8-bay NAS @ techPowerUp
- MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB USB 3.1 Portable SSD @ eTeknix
- Plextor S2G 512GB Entry-Level M.2 Solid State Drive @ eTeknix
- MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive @ eTeknix
- Samsung's 960 EVO SSD @ The Tech Report