This QNAP QNA-T310G1T review will focus on the company’s Thunderbolt 3 to 10 GbE adapter. We’re going to get more details about its features, specifications, performance, and if it’s as good as what QNAP claims it to be.
One famous name in the industry continues to provide solutions for video and photo editors around. For several years, QNAP has consistently offered its high-grade and quality TB3 and 10G to everyone, thus, becoming a huge and recognized name in the market. Yet what made them click and reach the top is their offerings of innovations like the Thunderbolt NAS and their Thunderbolt to Ethernet software under the NAS platform.
For those who are planning to upgrade to a 10-gigabit Ethernet for your business or home network, there’s a big chance that you already have a couple of up-to-date hardware available.
If you think about it, the past year was when a ton of hardware vendors shifted to the 10 GbE, providing everyone with notable speed advantages for convenience and efficiency.
But this year, those who receive significant advantages from 10 GbE are the content creators. They’re able to enjoy tons of benefits in their workflow, making them more efficient for their tasks. Aside from the content creators, video and photo editors from around the globe also opted to shift from locally editing raw elements to completing their tasks using 10 Gigabit Ethernet and more.
And with the knowledge, experience, and technical expertise of QNAP, they developed a new Thunderbolt to 10G adaptor, and this is the QNAP QNA-T310G1T. Its primary use is to aid every Thunderbolt 3 user in linking then benefiting from their current 10 GbE devices and networks.
QNAP QNA-T310G1T – Packaging
QNAP went for the more clean-slate and straightforward look for the packaging of their QNA-T310G1T, and we do like its simplicity and minimalist appeal. The front of the box shows you an image of the adaptor itself, while QNAP is at the top-right corner of the package. At the lower right portion, you will see the name of the unit as well.
You may be wondering why QNAP aimed for this uncomplicated look for their packaging. The simple reason for this is that they intend to promote the QNAP QNA-T310G1T as a product efficient for all media professionals. Technically, this device allows them to get the most out of their network equipment, and for them to work effectively at all times.
Opening the box, we saw that QNAP laid out every accessory neatly and securely in place. It is to avoid anything from receiving unnecessary damages during transit. Other than the QNAP QNA-T310G1T, other accessories in the package include the Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C cable and the quick start user guide.
Next up on our QNAP QNA-T310G1T Review is the design and functionality of the QNA-T310G1T.
QNAP QNA-T310G1T Review – Design & Functionality
The QNAP QNA-T310G1T is an economical Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter that enables your Windows or Mac computers with an intensely-fast 10GbE network connection via Thunderbolt 3 Type-C USB port. What’s great about the QNAP QNA-T310G1T is that it functions adequately with the QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS device to add an extra 10GbE connectivity.
With this portable adapter from QNAP, a 10GbE network is possible to create between a Thunderbolt 3 PC and an additional 10GbE device. It’s also possible to link a NAS device to establish higher speed data transfers for bigger files; plus, it also helps centralize collaborative workflows for enhanced efficiency.
Design of the QNAP QNA-T310G1T
When looking at the adaptor, the first thing that you’ll notice about the QNAP QNA-T310G1T is that it’s remarkably small for a device that will allow boosted speed connections for communication. But what’s most notable about this QNAP adaptor is that it is cost-efficient with excellent design quality.
It gives you great aesthetics, especially with the featured metallic finish on the QNAP QNA-T310G1T. The design puts the adaptor on par with similar yet pricier devices when it comes to its looks.
At the base of the QNAP QNA-T310G1T, you will find the Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port that lets you connect between the Thunderbolt 3’s 40 Gb/s s speed to correspond with the 10GbE speed of the copper or fiber connections. We appreciate that QNAP included a 50-centimeter Thunderbolt 3 cable, so you won’t have to bother purchasing anything else to link this to your Windows, MacBook, or Mac mini.
Right above the Thunderbolt port, you will find extra ventilation that helps and maintains decreased internal temperature even when the device is in use. Since the QNA-QNA-T310G1T generates quite a lot of heat when being used, QNAP needed to guarantee that its performance between connections is adequately maintained. With that, they integrated passive heatsinks within the adaptor, plus an active cooling fan for the controller chip that will work whenever the system needs it.
At the end of the device, you will find a blue LED, notifying you that the adaptor is connected. Though the Thunderbolt portion of the QNAP QNA-T310G1T doesn’t necessarily need extra drivers, you need to update the Ethernet drivers on your host machine, allowing it to utilize the Aquantia network controller that’s within the device.
The QNAP QNA-T310G1T’s rear panel is fixed securely via two screws, and what you’ll find inside the device is the heatsink that keeps the device’s internal parts cool even under heavy loads. We know that the QNA-T310G1T will generate a lot of heat when in use, so the heatsink and metallic casing will significantly help in the dissipation of all the increased temperature. The presence of the cooling fan will also help when the heat rises, and we love that it will automatically kick in during such situations.
Key Features of the QNAP QNA-T310G1T
Enable Ultra-Fast 10GbE Connectivity for your Computer
Using the QNA-T310G1T, you can connect your Windows or Mac computer to a 10 Gigabyte Ethernet network for high access speeds that reach up to 1069MB/s. It features Thunderbolt 3 and 10GbE connectivity for faster data transfers.
Quick and Easy Setup
Connect a QNA adapter to your computer using the included Thunderbolt 3 cable, then connect the adapter to a NAS or a switch that is 10GbE-capable.
10GbE Data Transfer that is Perfect for Media Professionals
Today, video resolutions upgrade from 1080p to 4K, 8K, and more. It’s a struggle for media creators with storage and network requirements that are necessary for editing various media files.
The T310GT features Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE multi-gigabit ports, allowing you to include 10GbE connections to every Thunderbolt 3 product. If you connect this with a QNAP 10GbE switch, you’ll get to enjoy a conveniently economical 10GbE environment for creative studios to take advantage of heightened speeds and bandwidth that the 10GbE offers.
The QNAP QNA-T310G1T makes use of a single-port Thunderbolt 3 to single port 10 GbE NBASE-T RJ-45 interface and allows for 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, 1 Gbps, and 100 Mbps data transfer. Also, this adaptor makes use of the Thunderbolt 3 cable, and the CAT 5e, CAT 6A, CAT 6, and CAT 7 network cables.
For the QNAP QNA-T310G1T’s system requirements, the adaptor works efficiently with Windows 7 and Windows 10 (64-bit), macOS 10.13.3, or later, Linux core 3.10, 3.12, 3.2 4.4, 4.2, and the QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS with the QTS 4.3.6 software or later.
When it comes to its size, the QNAP QNA-T310G1T measures 27.6 x 56 x 112mm (H x W x D) and weighs 0.19kg (net) / 0.36kg (gross).
Hands-on with the QNAP QNA-T310G1T
Now, let’s proceed to the performance part of our QNAP QNA-T310G1T review to see if this product is worth the purchase.
We first connected the QNAP QNA-T310G1T to our computer. Doing this wasn’t difficult since the adapter didn’t have a lot of ports, so it’s unlikely anyone will be able to make a mistake. The USB-C links to the T310G1T to the Thunderbolt 3 port on our computer, while the ethernet port links to a 10 GbE-capable switch.
Since our connection and setup was correct, we were able to experience fast speeds while using the QNA-T310G1T. The file transfer speed and Thunderbolt 3 network were excellent and seamless; plus, it was able to solve our problems with our network’s speed.
The QNA-T310G1T is QNAP’s first adapter, and it exceeded our expectations. With its design, speed, performance, and price, we’re giving it five stars.
QNAP QNA-T310G1T Review Summary
The QNAP QNA-T310G1T is one of the most user-friendly solutions for creators to access and edit their content conveniently. Using the device together with a 10 GbE NAS and the appropriate media storage significantly improved our workflow and productivity. With the flexible Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on our devices, everything became easier and more convenient for us.
Overall, the adapter delivered faster speeds, which made our file transfers and content editing smooth. With QNAP constantly releasing amazing products such as the recently released QGD-1600P and now the QNA-T310G1T, it is easy to see that QNAP is going to be a force to be reckoned with over the coming year.
To conclude our QNAP QNA-T310G1T review, we highly recommend this product.
The QNAP QNA-T310G1T is available in various stores worldwide. Check out the store locator on the company’s official website to see the nearest resellers and retailers of QNAP’s products near you.