I have the opportunity to work in the Information Technology market and I get to work with some cool technology. Recently, I’ve been focusing more and more on visualization and network storage. To put it simply, we have the ability to run multiple virtual servers off of a couple of physical servers and some form of network attached storage. One of the interesting things that I’ve seen happen over the two decades that I have worked in IT is there is a form of corporate technology that filters down to home and small office users over time. How does an average home user take advantage of network attached storage or in this case a NAS. Well, the answer is: it depends. How you use network attached storage is going to be different between home users and small offices. Most small NAS units offer more than just a collection of disks on which data is stored. Some offer the ability to host a web site, run light weight operating systems, or can even act as a media repository and most can do it with a very easy to navigate user interface (UI). While network attached storage is not a new technology on the consumer side, they are becoming more and more affordable as more models are released. QNAP is one of the market leaders in network storage. The recently released TS-563 is aimed at the upper end of the consumer market and the middle of the small business range. The TS-563 is a 5-bay device that features the AMD G-Series quad-core 2.0 GHz processor.
Review Sample Provided by: QNAP
Product Name/Link to Website: QNAP TS-563
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
QNAP TS-563 Packaging
Unlike a lot of consumer based products, QNAP takes a very simple approach with their packaging. The TS-563 is packaged in a very simple cardboard box that has a sticker on the front with a list of the specifications and features. Inside, you’ll find the TS-563 tucked away inside stiff foam inserts and wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent scrapes and scratches during transport.
There is not a lot needed to get the TS-563 up and running. Included in the kit is a power cord, quick start guide, two 6′ Ethernet cables, and screws for the hard drives.
|CPU||AMD® x86 G-Series Quad-core 2.0 GHz processor|
Floating Point Unit
Hardware Encryption Engine
TS-563-2G: 2GB DDR3L RAM (2GB x1)
TS-563-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (8GB x1)
Total memory slots: 2 SODIMM
NOTE: For the information of RAM module installation and compatible NAS models, please refer to the QNAP RAM Module Installation Guide
|Hard Disk Drive||5 x 3.5″or 2.5″SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD|
1. The system is shipped without HDD.
2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility
|Hard Disk Tray||5 x Hot-swappable tray|
|LAN Port||2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port (Expandable up to 4 x GbE or 2 x 10GbE + 2 x GbE via PCIe NIC)|
|Network Expansion Slot||1 (PCIe Gen2 x 4)|
|LED Indicators||Status, USB, HDD 1-5|
|USB||5 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 4)|
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
|Buttons||Power/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, reset|
|Alarm Buzzer||System warning|
|Dimensions||185(H) x 210.6(W) x 235.4(D) mm|
7.28(H) x 8.29(W) x 9.27(D) inch
|Weight||Net: 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs)|
Gross: 5.8 kg (12.79 lbs)
|Power Consumption (W)||S3 sleep: 2.26W|
HDD standby: 30.17W
In operation: 47.68W
(with 5 x 2TB HDDs installed)
|Humidity||5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C|
|Power Supply||ATX 250W, 110-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 5A|
|Secure Design||Kensington security slot for theft prevention|
|Fan||1 x quiet cooling fan (12cm, 12V DC)|
|Powerful All-in-one server|
|Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.|