The NAS have become hugely popular devices, and with that, these have fast developed from simple storage devices to data management and multimedia centers. The NAS has also become a staple device in smart home-offices as they are in regular offices.
The QNAP TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS works that position between work and play, providing you with a ton of essential connectivity, storage options, as well as applications. The QNAP TS-453Be is a 4 Bay NAS device that is designed to make things easier for you when it comes to sharing and storing files on a network.
It also allows you to have access to this information when you’re not in your office or home, and it also provides an easier place to backup all of your data.
QNAP is a company that has been in the NAS business for quite some time and they’ve been delivering a collection of solid products throughout the years. Their TS-453Be is one of their latest devices that continues the company’s tradition with its add-reactive unit that works effectively.
As a bonus, the NAS device can also be utilized as a media center since it has a ton of A/V outputs and inputs, making it an extremely versatile unit.
QNAP TS-453Be Review – What’s in the Box?
The TS-453Be is a NAS device that comes in a compact box: the front features a label on it, plus a photo and description of the TS-453Be itself; under the box, you will find six other features of the NAS that are highlighted.
The rear portion of the package features a panel on the bottom left corner, suggesting what the QNAP TS-453Be can be used for; these include the Surveillance Station, Data Protection, Backup Station, Mobile Management, File Sharing, and Private Cloud.
One side of the box features the carriage icons which are on the top-left area, while the HDD / SSD compatibility panel can be found at the bottom. The other side of the box only features a couple of storage and carriage icons, as well as marks of numerous standards the TS-453Be NAS passes.
The QNAP TS-453Be also comes with a few network cables and a quick setup guide; and to make things even better, these are all the things you need to start utilizing the QNAP TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS.
So once the NAS device is running, you will have a user-friendly and an all-inclusive help center available on your desktop which will let you fine-tune your device at your own pace. While the knowledge base and user manual should provide you with answers that you need, you can request for help directly from the user interface.
QNAP TS-453Be Review – QNAP Still Dominates
The TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS is a smart-looking, classy, and compact NAS device that is finished in black and a metallic blue-gray bezel strip in front. It houses the power button, front USB port, and also the power button. From top to bottom, there are three indicators present for the USB activity, Status, and LAN activity. Towards the bottom of the bezel, you’ll find the USB 3.0 port that’s for the One Touch Copy button that sits beneath it.
The rear panel is somewhat dominated by the 120-millimeter fan’s cooling grill; on the left side of the grill sits the external ports. There are 3 vertically-mounted 3.5-millimeter jacks, one line out, and two microphone inputs. Under these, you will find two HDMI v 1.4b ports plus four USB 3.0 Type A ports which are all mounted vertically while sitting next to two Gigabit LAN ports.
It has drive trays that are made of plastic and have handles that are fixed to them; the trays are set in place using small latches to keep these in place. Supporting both the 3.5 and 2.5-inch drives, the bigger drives are held in place via plastic strips that fit perfectly into the grooves in the sides of the drive tray.
Each of the plastic strips have pins that fit through the tray and in the mounting holes of the drive. We like that the mounting holes on the sides of the tray feature anti-vibration grommets that are fitted there; so if you want to ensure that all the drives are firmly installed, it’s best to utilize the screws provided to set and fix the drive using the holes on the tray base.
The TS-453Be NAS supports a PCIe 2.0-x2 slot located on the motherboard’s top rear edge and can be accessed when its cover is removed. You can use the slot to house a 10GbE network, USB 3.1 card, WiFi, or even one of the QM2 cards from QNAP. There is a wide array of QM2 cards that have dual M.2 slots and / or 10GbE connectivity that supports QNAP’s Q-tier auto-tiering technology and SSD caching for better NAS performance.
The TS-453Be uses an Intel Celeron J-3455 Apollo Lake quad-core processor and features a PCIe 2.0 x 2 slot. The front port is a USB 3.0 Type A which belongs to the One Touch Copy button facility. The physical design of the TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS is simple and perfect for home and office environments; it also has a PCIe port that can improve the device’s functionality.
With this, you’ll be able to setup a QM2 expansion card from QNAP to have additional M2 SSD caching / 10GbE connectivity and support for the Q-tier automated tiering technology. You can also install a compatible wireless card if you want to utilize the NAS device as a wireless access point.
The TS-453Ne also supports the 4K H.264 / H.265 processing to offer you a great media viewing experience in any of your devices connected to the NAS. Additionally, a variety of productivity tools are present on the TS-453Be to boost work efficiency for creative professionals, as well as to enhance multimedia experience.
The 10GbE Switch from QNAP
The QNAP 10GbE / N-BASE-T switches allow you to instantly upgrade and enhance your network environment at a very cost-efficient amount. With the 10GbE network, you can also enable bandwidth-demanding tasks such as visualization, enjoy fast transfer speed, and allow numerous real-time access to NAS-based files by utilizing numerous workstations; this is suitable for multimedia and video editing.
Additionally, we also saw that QNAP provided a 10GbE PCIe network-expansion card specifically for the NAS device; it also lets Linux or Windows PCs take advantage of higher speed LAN environments.
Real-Time Video Transcoding
The TS-453Be also features an advanced 9th generation Intel HD Graphics, allowing the device to support dual channel 4K H.264 / H.265 real-time transcoding and hardware decoding. It also lets you seamlessly convert videos to universal file formats that can be played on numerous devices.
With that, you’ll get to easily share videos or movies on your NAS device with friends and family. Their QNAP RM IR-004 remote controller, an item that’s sold separately, can be set up via the Q-Button to customize the actions of all individual buttons. This is to give you a more convenient and advantageous NAS experience.
Increase your Productivity
The app-driven QTS operating system gives you solutions to make file backup, search, and management, easier. With the File Station, you can readily manage and view your files not only from your NAS device, but also from numerous storage devices available.
Its OCR Converter also lets you extract texts from images, Q-sirch helps you find files quickly, while Q-filing helps you automate file management.
Snapshots to Protect Data
Snapshots is a feature that protects all your data by completely recording the NAS system metadata and state. If your file has accidentally been modified or deleted, you can utilize Snapshots to restore the file to its original state.
Snapshots from QNAP are block-based so these only record altered data. What’s great about this is that it doesn’t only save storage space but it also decreases the time you’ll need to restore and backup data. The QNAP TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS supports up to 1024 snapshots/ NAS and up to 256 snapshots/ volume or LUN.
Multi-Point Access and Backup
Hybrid Backup Sync allows you to easily synchronize or backup data stored on your TS-45Be to other NAS devices from QNAP, cloud storage, or USB storage. Using Q-sync, you can also access your NAS files from your laptops, personal computers, or mobile devices that are linked to your NAS device anytime.
360° Panorama Images and Videos
QNAP NAS devices have begun supporting the 360° panorama recording format. All you have to do is click the 360° panorama display button, then your videos and photos will be displayed in this format.
Surveillance Station features a smart video management system that helps you control real-time monitoring, audio & video recording, as well as playback with a variety of settings that you can customize. With the Vmobile app, you can manage the channels you have monitored anytime and anywhere; you can also install the Vcam mobile app for your device to act as a network camera that will instantly record to your NAS.
Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core 1.5 GHz, up to 2.3 GHz
Intel® HD Graphics 500
4GB DDR3L (1 x 4GB)
2 x DDR3L SODIMM slots
(For dual-DIMM configuration, you must use a pair of identical DDR3L modules.)
Hot-swappable 4 x 3.5″/2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s HDD/SSD
Gigabit Ethernet Port
2 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN port
10 Gigabit Ethernet Port
Optional 10 Gigabit LAN port via a PCIe expansion card
5 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
1 PCIe 2.0 x2 slot
2 x HDMI v1.4b, up to 3840 x 2160, 30 Hz
Input: 2 x 3.5mm microphone input jacks
Output: speaker, 3.5mm line out jack
Status/Power, LAN, USB, Drives
Power, USB copy, Reset, Capacitive touch buttons (select, enter)
Optional QNAP RM-IR004 remote control
Kensington security slot
Dimensions (H x W x D)
168 x 170 x 226 mm
61 x 6.69 x 8.90 inch
33 kg ( 5.14 lbs )
Operating Temperature & Relative Humidity
0 ~ 40˚C (32˚F ~ 104˚F) /
5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)
Power Consumption (W)
HDD sleep: 15.00W
Typical Operation: 30.04W
Power Supply Unit
90W AC adapter, 100-240V
1 x 12 cm
NAS, QIG, 2 x RJ45 ethernet cables, AC adapter, power cord, 2.5″/3.5″drive screw kit
The QNAP TS-453Be QTS 4.3.4 Software
The QTS operating system from QNAP is something we’d say is developing nicely, corresponding to Synology’s for the ease of use and overall user experience. The control panels and key settings are very user-friendly and easy to locate; plus, there is also a lot of integrated help to make things easier and more convenient.
There is also an app store available that takes the style of Google Play and iTunes; generally, it hosts a ton of apps to list down, but if you want to run IP cameras via Surveillance Station, use WordPress, Joomla, or serve media via Plex / QNAP’s Music & Video Station applications, then you’re all covered.
The crisp interface will provide you with full control over the NAS device; plus, the 3rd party and built-in downloadable applications further boost the TS-453Be’s features, as well as its integration to your home environment.
You can also browse the internet through Chrome then set the NAS as a Plex media server; there are also applications available for home automation and home surveillance. The user-friendly control panel lets you setup and manage user access to files; there are a ton of options to customize and perform housekeeping activities.
Additionally, it can also be utilized as a DLNA media server, iTunes server, and it can even host a website as an SQL server.
There are also a collection of Android and Apple applications that will let you take control of the TS-453Be using your smartphones; various multimedia functions are also present using Q-music, Q-video, and the Q-photo apps so you can keep an eye on numerous NAS devices via Q-manager. All in all, there are 19 different mobile applications that are available to let you get the most out of the TS-453Be 4 Bay NAS device.
With the QNAP 4.3.4 software, you can also determine the types of LUN, as well as the types of each volume.
RAID 50 / 60 for Improved Performance
RAID 50 / 60 balances protection, capacity, and performance for high-capacity NAS with full SSD or HDD settings. If you have a business that makes use of NAS devices with more than ten disks, RAID 50 / 60 offers additional data protection compared to a single RAID 5 / 6, as well as usable storage space. It is also a great choice for database usage and professional video streaming.
Control your snapshots with the most detailed and professional interface; each version of your snapshots are precisely recorded.
Locally and Remotely Restore Snapshots
Snapshots can be quickly and easily restored to the local NAS; these can also be restored on a file / folder basis or you can also restore specific files. Aside from restoring files locally, this can also be done remotely to allow double protection for reduced downtime. Restoring snapshot backups directly in a remote NAS can be done to ensure continuity if the local NAS is unable to function.
Securely Delete Hard Drives
With advanced secure erase, your data security standard for hard drives is increased. Securely deleting hard drives with international standards offers you total security since you can ensure that no confidential data can be recovered from a destroyed, resold, or returned disk.
Network & Virtual Switch
This is a network management tool that lets virtual machines, containers, as well as other NAS devices share one LAN port. It has also been improved to add more support for data transfers between containers and virtual machines. Also, the support for both Thunderbolt Residential Gateways (NAT) and Thunderbolt to Ethernet (T2E) converters is a new feature of the management tool that we really liked since it performed seamlessly and made data transferring easier.
All in all, the performance and the Network & Virtual Switch management tool of the TS-453Be were excellent, so we’re giving these a double thumbs-up.
Using the Product
QNAP refers to the TS-453Be as a NAS but we think it’s more like a separate PC system which is something really good. You’re able to run applications or even use it as a media player once you’ve installed a couple of cool extras.
The most useful extra for us would be the Hybrid-Desk Station that includes a web browser, Spotify, YouTube, a media player, as well as other programs to the NAS. Once you connect this using the HDMI to display the data, you can easily use it as a remote PC which is really useful; additionally, backup apps are also available for use.
Installing the drives is extremely easy and you won’t need any tools since the drive caddies utilize a clip-on system that fixes the drives securely. We installed our drives and it took us about two minutes or less to complete.
Once the TS-453Be NAS was linked to the network, it took an hour or less until it was ready to use; we had a couple of user accounts for others and a few handy applications for managing backups and media sharing.
The technology of Q-tier was just recently revamped and upgraded, so together with the usage time analysis and system performance, this quickly determines the most adequate time for auto-tiering across different storage options that your business may need. These options include SAS, NL-SAS / SATA drives, and SSDs.
Although the QNAP TS-453Be is a simple and compact device, it is a powerful NAS for office and home-office use. Even if the PCIe slot only operates at x2 speed, it offers the unit a good level of future-proofing in the form of faster networking speed and SSD caching capabilities.
QNAP’s QTS is one of the best NAS software around since it is fast, easy to install, well-designed, and is updated regularly. We appreciate that it includes some useful tools for business use, plus it also works well when walking us through setting up storage pools, volumes and RAID arrays.
It is also easy to set up for sharing storage and files with others. If you are in need of a NAS, the QNAP TS-453Be is a great choice since it offers a lot of options for you to make the most out of your 4-Bay device.