Facts have proved that the Atom D2700 series CPU is very popular in the SMB/SOHO NAS market. We see that the supplier is the first to introduce a model with HDMI output
. In fact, we
QNAP is equipped with HDMI NAS models at CES 2012. At the time, Intel’s GPU library for video playback and acceleration was unstable, so the vendors at the time were unable to demonstrate true multimedia capabilities.
Since CES 2012, we have seen many vendors trying to position media centers running on NAS as value-added products. I have personally tested XBMC on Thecus N4800, but I am not impressed (although
Also seems to be echoing). At CES 2013, I saw
On the Asustor 6 series.
QNAP's latest TS-x69 Pro and L series products all use this technology. They are based on Atom D2700 2.13 GHz CPU and have HDMI ports. Using the XBMC application, users can connect the NAS unit directly to the TV to play media via HDMI. As most HTPC enthusiasts know, XBMC also allows users to manage their video library, music playlist and create photo slideshows. We will evaluate one of the supported units in a few months and hope that my experience will be better than Thecus N4800.
The TS-x69 Pro and L series are available in 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8-bay models, with prices ranging from US$479 for the 2-bay model to US$1,099 for the 8-bay model. The XBMC Media Center feature can be downloaded in the following location: