QNAP SilentNAS HS-210 2-Bay NAS Review

by - 8 years ago


System Spec, GUI & Power Consumption

System Specification


User Interface

Although each manufacturer tends to use the same release of their proprietary operating system for all of their products, there are one or two features that are incorporated that are directed at the SOHO user. On the HS-210 this includes a welcome screen displaying photos that the user has saved on the NAS, giving a more personal feel and therefore a more open-hand experience.


Once logged in, we find a [now] typical dashboard layout with a system menu running along the top of the UI and below a series of icons that lead to various areas of the systems settings.


After going into each section of the systems properties we then find all of the options that are on offer to configure the system as required. One of the key options that I would recommend you enter when first setting up your system is the firmware update. Whilst QNAP ship their products with the latest release of their OS where possible, updates are continually rolling out and these can included additional features, bug fixes and security updates where necessary.


As seen above, towards the bottom right corner of the dashboard is a dial which, when clicked on, brings up a window showing the system status and activity along with information on the hard drive usage and temperatures.


Power Consumption


Power consumption as we have recently seen is a more important factor that has to be taken into account when selecting the right system for you needs. It is all and well in having a system that offers all the performance and features, but if it’s a power-hungry system that will cost you more to run over the course of a number of months, its total cost of ownership will quickly push it down the rankings. The HS-210 during our testing peaked at 36.6W whilst the drives were under full load which is overall not that bad. When not in use the drives will spin down and enter sleep mode and at this point we see the power draw drop by over 66%

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. System Spec, GUI & Power Consumption
  4. Testing Method
  5. HD Video Playback
  6. 2x HD Video Playback
  7. 4x HD Video Playback
  8. HD Video Record
  9. HD Playback & Record
  10. Content Creation
  11. Office Productivity
  12. File Copy to NAS
  13. File Copy from NAS
  14. Directory Copy to NAS
  15. Directory Copy from NAS
  16. Photo Album
  17. Final Thoughts
  18. View All

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6 Comments on QNAP SilentNAS HS-210 2-Bay NAS Review

  • Avatar Wayne says:

    Maybe one of these years I’ll find a NAS handy but at the moment I have absolutely no use for them, I guess a lot do though.

    • Avatar Ryan Martin says:

      Build your own! Actually I am working on a DIY NAS Build Guide, currently on hold for my exams, but yes I think it might appeal to you when I finally finish it. It is about building the most cost efficient NAS possible so yes..right up your street 😉

  • Avatar Dromo says:

    All the points are good BUT .. there is no reliable evidence that the raised temps you quote will lead to any discernable decrease in disc life (possibly over the very long term 8-10 years).
    direct playback would be nice but maybe too much of a (software/copyright) can of worms?
    ryan martin .. quietness+ (but keep an eye on the HP microserver)

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