Create your own media server with QNAP's 4-bay NAS down to $449 on Amazon
The QNAP TS-453Be-4G-US 4-bay professional network-attached storage device (opens in new tab) is down to $449 on Amazon right now. This is a crazy drop considering the QNAP normally sells for $100 more. This wasn't a sudden drop either. It has been steadily declining since early July. Today's price just marks an all-new low for the device.
QNAP TS-453Be-4G-US 4-bay professional network-attached storage (opens in new tab)
Has an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, support for SATA 6GB, a PCIe slot for a 10GbE network card, and more. Includes 4K transcoding, Aes-ni encryption, room for an expansion unit, built-in speaker, and more.
The QNAP is built to be a powerhouse of a machine. Network-attached storage devices are generally supposed to be after all. The idea is to connect this to your network, keep it secure both physically and hardware wise and dump all your shared media on it. This can be anything from photos to movies to important documents you might need to share in a small office setting.
The specifications for this particular device include an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor that can boost up to 2.3GHz, 4GB DDR3L RAM that can be upgraded to 8GB, and tons of room for expansion. It supports SATA 6G or 2 Gbe network cards. The PCIe slot gives you the ability to add a 10GbE network card or a QM2 dual-port M.2 SSD, or a USB 3.1 card if you want to add that.
Features of the QNAP include Aes-ni encryption, 4K hardware transcoping, and dual 4K HDMI slots. You get 4K media playback and cna even connect the QNAP straight to an HDTV to watch in high definition. The QNAP takes snapshots of its system and records the status and data so you can restore anything that's accidentally deleted or modified.
This is a 4-bay system, but network-attached storage devices generally don't come with any storage by default. You'll want to add the hard drives yourself. You don't need to fill all four bays, but you usually want at least two so the QNAP can set up a redundant system in case one fails. The WD Red (opens in new tab) and Seagate Ironwolf (opens in new tab) are both popular selections for these type of devices.
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J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.