QNAP TS-453A-4G 4 Bay NAS Enclosure with 4GB RAM £336.98 Amazon Prime
-264°Expired

QNAP TS-453A-4G 4 Bay NAS Enclosure with 4GB RAM £336.98 Amazon Prime

£336.98Amazon Deals
12
Found 12th Jul 2016
Best price ever for this NAS on Amazon.
Was considering this but ended up buying a dell t20 and rolling my own nas.

uk.camelcamelcamel.com/QNA…HVM?
Community Updates

Groups

12 Comments
300 for prime members
s1m0n1980

300 for prime members


Coming up at £309.99 for me (prime lightning deal until 1pm today)
Why so cold?

With Prime it's a great price!
I think it's going cold because you can buy a 4 bay NAS like the HP proliant for approx £100 when on cashback offer, and even adding another 4GB ECC RAM and 2*3TB WD reds only comes out to approx £300, So to me this deal is cold as you can have a 3TB NAS with redundancy, or 6TB with no redundancy for the same price... just load freeNAS on a USB drive to load onto it, and use another USB drive internally for the OS to reside on.
It's down to personal preferance I guess, and Qnap drives have a good rep... but it's the equivalent of £180 or so more compared to getting an HP server.
I haven't voted but I agree with paddy, people are comparing it to their own builds. I was looking at a pre built NAS and then HP servers, in the end I went with a custom build because there wasn't a cash back offer and it meant I could store more hard drives (12). It worked out around £280 but can have up to 32GB ram (currently at 8GB) as well as many CPU upgrades (currently Pentium G3460).
I have the 2 bay version of this...upgraded the memory to 16gb and have never looked back! I got this over a micro server as I didn't want the hassle of it going down etc when I am away...these NAS drives are rock solid and if we have a power cut etc the kids can just turn it back on...no hassle

I use mine as a media server running Plex and easily transcodes several streams at once
Edited by: "defard" 12th Jul 2016
paddy.stone

I think it's going cold because you can buy a 4 bay NAS like the HP … I think it's going cold because you can buy a 4 bay NAS like the HP proliant for approx £100 when on cashback offer, and even adding another 4GB ECC RAM and 2*3TB WD reds only comes out to approx £300, So to me this deal is cold as you can have a 3TB NAS with redundancy, or 6TB with no redundancy for the same price... just load freeNAS on a USB drive to load onto it, and use another USB drive internally for the OS to reside on.It's down to personal preferance I guess, and Qnap drives have a good rep... but it's the equivalent of £180 or so more compared to getting an HP server.



If you want something working out of the box that supports a whole bunch of features then this is a great NAS which was at its lowest price ever. Plug in drives and go.

I also built my own NAS based on Dell T20 with 4 x 3TB reds, SSD, Dell PERC HBA card etc.
Its a hugely powerful (for the price) ESXi box on which I run freenas, ubuntu, win10 OSes etc.
Love it...
But its not the same at all.
FreeNAS is solid and powerful, but not exactly user friendly - especially if you use in virtualised environment (which this NAS has out of box).

Got to compare apples with apples...
I was very tempted to buy a QNAP and save myself the hassle. I was eying this model and would have gone for it if the price was dropped earlier. However on comparing specs and doing more research, I went in for a Dell T20 Xeon last week (£202 after cashback). Was waiting for today to pick up extra RAM (£37 for 16GB), SSD (£52 for 250GB) and HDDs (2× 3TB at £88 each, no discount :-(. ) Total damages = £467

If I ignore HDD cost (since buying QNAP would also require HDD expense), my cost for the system comes to £291 for Xeon processor, 20GB RAM, a 250GB SSD and a lot of flexibility. And have a 1TB HDD to sell. Downside - it is a DIY job so may not work for all.
A Dell T20 et. al. isn't a NAS, it's a server in it's own right.
fryitup

If you want something working out of the box that supports a whole bunch … If you want something working out of the box that supports a whole bunch of features then this is a great NAS which was at its lowest price ever. Plug in drives and go.I also built my own NAS based on Dell T20 with 4 x 3TB reds, SSD, Dell PERC HBA card etc.Its a hugely powerful (for the price) ESXi box on which I run freenas, ubuntu, win10 OSes etc.Love it...But its not the same at all.FreeNAS is solid and powerful, but not exactly user friendly - especially if you use in virtualised environment (which this NAS has out of box).Got to compare apples with apples...



I was only giving a possible explanation for the deal going cold. A lot of people when their spouse (i#m guessing) says "yeah they have this NAS box that's only £300 plus cost of hard drives so that we can share media and backup our desktops etc to it" would snort in derision or say something non repeatable here. I know there's more you can do with NAS and servers in general, but try explaining it to someone unconcerned with computers and all the accompanying benefits... it's boring for them and frustrating for the person trying to enlighten them, even if it would benefit them no end, they just aren't interested.
As for freeNAS, yes it has it's faults and it took me my second try to actually get a "working" setup... mostly due to stupid crap that shouldn't have made a difference at all, even the documentation at freenas told me to do it how I was doing it... truned out there was a bug where the changed settings would not store no matter how hard you try. So second time I made sure of all the settings etc worked BEFORE spending 6 hours transferring all my media etc over to it. Since then I have not had a problem at all, my snapshots work great, everyone has their own logins etc working correctly and so on. Has been running 24/7 for the last 3 months since I got it fine, only times down is when I took it down for maintenance or because I had to physically move it to another part of the house just recently. You touch the power button and about a few minutes later it is up and running. So not exactly any different to turning on a qnap or whatever... the only downside I have found is that the fan doesn't spin down ever, but then it doesn't get louder either... so once you get used to it or don't have it right beside you then you don't hear it anyway.
OK, well that went on longer than I thought, but wasn't knocking the qnap etc, just saying that if you can get the job you want done £180 cheaper, then most people will take it, whether it's apples for apples or something approximating an apple that tastes the same
Roger_Irrelevant

A Dell T20 et. al. isn't a NAS, it's a server in it's own right.



Sure is a lot bigger
I went for this and am really enjoying it, I just couldn't be bothered configuring a custom build server and the kerfuffle around it - I have 6 nas's - 4 custom build, 2 off the shelf. I have it setup using iscsi against 2 vmware servers and 2 xenservers. Then setup auto mounted nfs home dirs. I also teamed the nic's to get 3GB network speeds. What is really neat is that you can install VMs running on the nas too, from which I setup a disaster recovery vms for when everything else dies.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text