QNAP TBS-453A 4-Bay M.2 SSD NAS Review

A Closer Look at the QNAP TBS-453A

The QNAP TBS-453A does not look like a NAS at all. NAS devices are designed to hold two or more 2.5′ or 3.5′ hard drives which means they have a minimum foot print slightly larger than the drives it was designed for. The TBS-453A looks more like a desktop switch. This NAS is just about an inch tall and the dimensions are .98 x 9.06 x 6.50 in (25 x 230 x 165 mm).
QNAP TBS-453A

The front of the NAS features a One Touch Copy Button, dual USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, drive bay 1-4 LEDs, volume and power buttons.

 

On the right side of the TBS-453A there is an additional USB port however, it is USB 2.0. Vents and speakers are located on the sides behind the louvers.

 

The back of the TBS-453A is where the networking and I/O live. On the back there are dual HDMI ports that support 4k/30Hz. Two USB 3.0 ports, one 3.5mm audio out and two 3.5mm mic jacks, five RJ45 1 GbE network ports and the power port.
QNAP TBS-453A

The bottom of the NAS is where the SSDs and memory are installed. The bottom panel also includes information on the default networking configuration.
QNAP TBS-453A

By default, the four networking ports that are grouped together are in switch mode. This means that port 2-1 would connect to a router/modem that connects to the internet and devices such as PCs, printers, etc. would connect to ports 2-2 through 2-4. Each device would have access to the internet through the switch. This configuration can be changed in the web interface.
QNAP TBS-453A

 

The included power adapter is made by the FSP Group and is rated for 65 watts.

 

QNAP includes a remote control to run the TBS-453A when used as a media center using the HybridDesk Station (HDStation) and is compatible with installed applications such as Kodi and Plex.
QNAP TBS-453A

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