QNAP TS-261G

QNAP launches the TS-216G, a cost-effective 2-bay NAS with an NPU

QNAP has launched a new two-bay enclosure called the TS-216G. It’s an affordable NAS device designed for those who are picking up their first home server or simply require something with more efficient hardware. Inside this NAS is an ARM processor, a neural network processing unit (NPU) for AI-driven applications, 4 GB of RAM, and speedy 2.5GbE networking.

QNAP is marketing the TS-216G for individuals, families, and workgroups. It’s essentially a compact NAS that can do it all with high performance and a decent price tag. Whether you’re after a device to store files and backups, or somewhere to run some collaboration between teams, the TS-216G is well-equipped for the task.

What’s inside the QNAP TS-216G?

The built-in NPU is capable of accelerating image recognition for AI-powered QuMagie photo management, reducing CPU load and allowing system resources to be used elsewhere. As well as the ARM Cortex A55 quad-core processor, which is capable of boosting up to 2.0 GHz, there’s 4 GB of RAM, and two hot-swap drive bays for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives.

A single 2.5GbE connection can handle plenty of traffic and there’s an additional 1GbE port to fall back on if needed. A single USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port is present with two additional USB-A 2.0 ports for connecting storage drives and other accessories.

SpecificationQNAP TS-216G
CPUARM Cortex-A55
(4-core, 2.0 GHz)
GPUMali-G52
RAM4 GB DDR4
Drive bays2
Expansion
Ports1x 2.5 GbE
1x 1 GbE
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1
2x USB-A 2.0
Dimensions165 × 102 × 220.6 mm
Weight1.45 kg
Power~13.09 W
Cooling1x 120 mm

No word on pricing or availability just yet, though I imagine it will cost somewhere around the $200 mark. Many of the best NAS enclosures come with an ARM processor, depending on what you need the server for. It’s good to see QNAP include an NPU with a more budget-orientated enclosure. See the official QNAP website for more details.

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