NAS storage systems are obviously very popular with individuals and businesses wishing to back up their data locally. However, these boxes often have to be placed far from the desk because of the noise they produce! QNAP has thought of environments where silence is golden, like recording studios (or the living room of the house) with its latest professional NAS, the TS-410E.
Designed around a Celeron J6412 that can be pushed up to 2.6 GHz and 8 GB of RAM, the device has no fan but a passive cooling system. The case has four 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD drive bays, also contributing to the overall quietness of the device.
The TS-410E also has 2 x 2.5GbE Ethernet ports (up to 5 Gbps by configuring port trunking), 4 x USB 3.2 Gen. 2 (10 Gbit/s) and an HDMI output. It runs on QTS 5.0 and is compatible with QNAP’s software suite for managing backup jobs, hosting virtual machines, and other uses. This model is sold for €1,019.95 (without hard drive) at LDLC.
For Plex-type domestic use, we can turn to the HS-264 announced at the beginning of the year: its pizza box format allows it to make a small discreet place in the living room and it has no fan (but platter hard drives which can be noisy). It costs half the price of the TS-410E, so maybe it’s a better choice.