Updated 11 Oct 2016

Qnap

TurboNAS TS-131

Snapshot: The Qnap TurboNAS TS-131 NAS system has 1 hard drive bay and can stream using Chromecast, Apple AirPlay and Plex. How fast does it write and read files?

TurboNAS TS-131
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$284

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Test results

Overall score
75
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Cloud access score
?/10

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Good performance.
  • Good cloud access.
  • Has a gigabit ethernet port for fibre-fast speeds.
  • Has 3 USB 3.0 ports.
  • Can stream using Chromecast, Apple AirPlay and Plex.
  • Has a one-touch backup button.

But

  • Doesn't come with a hard drive installed.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance – assesses the write and read speeds while transferring a large set of data and a small set of data to and from each NAS system. We time the transfer while recording the speeds to measure the drive’s performance.

Ease of use – we compare the ease of use of each NAS system, assess the supplied software, setup time and complexity, how easy the interface is to use and the ease of completing common tasks, such as transferring files or backing up a device to the NAS. Our ease of use test includes an assessment of the cloud access. We look at how easy it is to access the “personal cloud” these drives become when connected to home WiFi.

As a NAS system is designed to run constantly, so you can always access your files, we also measure energy consumption. This gives you an idea how much a system will cost you in the long run. We calculate the annual cost based on average use being 8 hours’ active use and 16 hours’ standby per day with electricity costing 25¢ per kilowatt per hour.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$284

Specifications

Read speed (large files, Mbps)
860
Write speed (large files, Mbps)
526
Read speed (small files, Mbps)
590
Write speed (small files, Mbps)
419
Disks included
×
Bays
1
Installed capacity (TB)
n/a
Mirrored by default
×
Usable capacity (TB)
3.5
Max capactiy (TB)
8
CPU (MHz)
1200
CPU cores
2
RAM (MB)
512

Features

Gigabit Ethernet ports
1
USB 3.0 ports
3
USB 2.0 ports
0
Web browser
PC application
DLNA
Chromecast support
Apple AirPlay support
Plex Media server
Additional apps supported
121