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Qnap TAS-268 Review

Qnap TAS-268 Review

A NAS is just a NAS right? Well as it turns out… no. That was something Qnap proved to us previously with kit that essentially acted as a media PC. Keyboard and mouse input, HDMI output, the works. Now they are opening up a whole new path with today’s review product. A NAS that also runs a copy of Android in tandem, ready to output to a display of your choice. Welcome to our Qnap TAS-268 Review.

Qnap TAS-268 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The TAS-268 arrives in a fairly plain box but takes time to highlight a few of the units key features as well as its design. Inside the box the NAS is well protected by cardboard and a bag with the bundled items in their own seperate compartment. Those item are some drive rails, mains cable, network cable, PSU (60w) and a remote which allows us to take advantage of the media player apps.

Qnap TAS-268 Review – The Android NAS

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For this NAS Qnap go with a black and white design along with more vertical orientation for the drives. It measures 187.7x90x125mm and weighs 0.7KG. Other than minimal branding and ports the casing is plain and we get a single cooling fan inside.

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How To Write My Dissertation Looking down the front panel we see a USB 3.0 port, quick copy button, SD card slot and power button. A set of discrete status LEDs are also present and our copy button also acts as reset for the Android OS when held. The rest of the connectivity consists of four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, GB LAN and power input. There is also a reset button for the main NAS functionality present in this location.

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To access the inside we simply remove one thumbscrew and slide the case apart. The drives can then be installed using the bundled rails (no tools). 6TB drives are supported, as is RAID 0, 1 and single drive configurations. Elsewhere inside there is an ARM 1.1Ghz dual core CPU with 2GB of DDR3 and 4GB of flash memory.

Qnap TAS-268 Review – Setup and QNAP OS (QTS)

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Setup and installation of the TAS-268 is mostly the same as other Qnap NAS devices. We install the drives, plug our power and network cable in (along with keyboard, mouse and HDMI if desired) and then turn on. After a short while the NAS beeps to say it has booted and we can then find it on our network using QFinder, a free application from Qnap. This launches us into a browser based setup process where we decide on aspects such as drive configuration, system time and the like. The OS also informs us which key applications will be installed by default before providing us with updates on progress. The installation only takes a few minutes.

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http://historia-sportu.cba.pl/?essay-law-and-order Essay Law And Order With the OS installed and a reboot completed the NAS is ready to use. We login using details chosen in the setup and are presented with a quick guide to key features. With that out of the way the OS is much the same as any other Qnap NAS. A desktop environment with shortcuts to key functionality.

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Clicking control panel takes us into the main configuration of the device, allowing us to tailor it to our needs. App Centre is where we head to add functionality to the device through additional applications (essentially all are free) and the system also monitors for firmware/OS updates which are applied in just a few clicks and a reboot.

Qnap TAS-268 Review – Android OS

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Of course unique to this NAS is its Android OS. We get some control of this in Android Station within the main OS but our main access is via peripherals and the HDMI out. The Android version currently uses is  4.4 and to anyone who has used a smartphone or tablet based on Googles OS it will be very familiar. We get access to plenty of storage through the installed drives and all the key controls are in a bar at the base of the screen as expected.

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This is a fully functional version of Android, including support for Chrome and Play Store so all your favourite apps should be available but just in case, Qnap have provided their own app store with key functionality available for free. This includes photo browsing, media playback. The bundled Chrome browser can also be used to access the main NAS OS (QTS) just like we would on the PC to manage and maintain the device over time.

Qnap TAS-268 Review – User Experience/Conclusion

As far as build quality and design goes, we have no issues with the TAS-268. Qnap have created a solid little NAS and while we are never fans of a glossy finish on devices like this (they just gather dust) the black and white design is pretty cool. The vertical orientation is ok, maybe it’s a little harder to store than horizontal… but not too much and all the key ports and controls are within easy reach. We particularly liked the tool free install which allows us to get the hardware side of things up and running quickly and easily (2-3 minutes really). In use it consumes around 20w and at ldle as low as 5w. Also good.

On the software setup side of things QTS works well. We are walked through all the key processes and the NAS becomes ready to use within 10 minutes of power on, with only the first couple requiring any input from us. From there on, the TAS-268 experience is much the same as any other recent Qnap NAS… most of the time. Good solid desktop environment, nice functionality such as DNLA streaming, cloud storage support, remote access, FTP support and so on. Shared folders are of course key to this type of device and access was quick and simple from Mac and PC machines as well as smartphones.

Of course where this device stands out is the support for Android and that is running from the moment the system boots, basically if we access the NAS through our browser on PC/Mac we get QTS. Plug a screen into HDMI and we can use Android, of course with the ability to access QTS, from within Android, using Chrome. Key photo/video/music functionality is present which allows us to use the TAS-268 as a media hub including playback of HD content and it is fantastic to see Play Store is present, allowing us access to a vast library of Android apps to enhance our functionality further. that said, the OS does feel a touch clunky to use with keyboard and mouse.

Summary: QTS is a great OS and we very much like Qnap’s vision to add in Android. Plenty of flexibility, solid performance and quiet operation.

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1 Comment

  1. Giocas

    Did you tried to play with integrated HDMI H.265 4K videos? Or just H.265 1080p videos?
    Is the hardware specs strong enough to support these kind of videos?

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