Newegg has the QNAP TS-251-US 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS for $334.99, but using code JANSAV2 will drop your total down to $256.99 shipped. That’s more than $143 under the original listing, $78 below Amazon (and the average selling price), and the best price we’ve seen it go for.
This model packs an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor with 4 USB ports and HDMI out allowing users to stream stored content directly from the cloud. Along with full media content support, users also have access to DLNA, AirPlay and Plex options.
Powered by the advanced QTS operating system, the TS-251 performs as an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS for data backup, file synchronization, remote access, home entertainment, and is ideal for users to build a personal cloud to access their data easily.
It has received a 4.7/5 star rating from 24 customers on Amazon. You might also want to check out some of the 2-bay options from Synology (which come in at under $200 in some cases) and be sure to look into our favorite NAS drives courtesy of WD’s Red line.
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Powered by a new 22nm 64-bit dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (upgradable up to 8GB), coupled with the support of dual LAN ports and HDMI connectivity, the NAS is a powerful home NAS with supreme value and great performance to deliver up to 220MB/s read & write speeds. The NAS can also automatically increase the processor’s clock rate from 2.41GHz to 2.58GHz when needed for CPU-intensive tasks. The NAS’s fast encryption and decryption performance provides transfer speeds of up to 68MB/s with AES-256 bit volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive personal data stored in the NAS. When installed with the latest dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi network card, the NAS can offer remarkably high speeds for transferring large amount of files and streaming bandwidth-consuming multimedia.
QTS – SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, system operations of the NAS are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater operating efficiency.
EASILY BUILD YOUR PERSONAL CLOUD AND ACCESS ANYWHERE
QNAP’s myQNAPcloud provides an always-connected infrastructure for business and home users to build their private or personal cloud with ease. Through any web browser or the free mobile app the NAS becomes your personal cloud so you are always connected to your data. Take advantage of the myQNAPcloud service, which allows you to remotely access your NAS wherever you are. Instantly stream or share your multimedia contents and share them with your friends.
REAL-TIME & OFFLINE HD VIDEO TRANSCODING
The NAS delivers superior real-time Full HD video transcoding to convert your videos to formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. It allows for up to 5 devices to simultaneously view different videos stored on the NAS with on-the-fly hardware accelerated transcoding. The NAS allows you to enjoy instant videos on multiple devices – even those that lack computing power or have limited file format support – without the need for complicated and time-consuming file conversion.
With the benefit of offline transcoding, if you can only connect to an Internet connection with limited/restricted bandwidth, you can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile app for iOS & Android without affecting the NAS’s performance running other applications. This also allows more people to play videos via streaming. The NAS also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.