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designMuch like the previous DS115J release, the chassis is plastic in design. Although this is not favoured by everyone, I would say that it does massively reduce noise and does bring the price down considerably. Additionally, it is very modern and sleek.
featuresFor a NAS arriving at such a low price point, there is no denying that it gives alot. Arriving with a slightly slimmed down version of the DiskStation Manager Application software (due to that 256MB of memory). It supports all the standard applications regarding backups, surveillance, DLNA and more. However, it will support them only to a streamlined degree.
performanceAs a 1-Bay NAS server, there is no denying that you are getting ALOT for such a small comparative price tag. In terms of performance, you will most likely see around 80MB-100MB of Read and Write. Plus you will get 1080p DLNA support, Surveillance, 2-3 Backups at once. Not going to blow your socks off, but for low-end users, it will be more than sufficient.
valueThere is no avoiding it, THIS is the lowest priced Synology that you can buy right now with this kind of hardware and for those looking to dip their first toe into the world of NAS or to get a low end network backup, you will struggle to find better!
designThere is no avoiding that it looks plastic and only available in white.
featuresThe 256MB of Memory is going to be a real limiting factor for many users and a tough pill to swallow paired with a dual-core ARM CPU at 64bit - it will be tough to get the most from that CPU.
performanceYou will hit a glass ceiling VERY early on in terms of speed and you will most likely outgrow the device before the warranty expires. Luckily you can still use the device as a network backup for your next NAS and you can still return on your investment.
valueIf you are looking for a NAS that will perform for multiple users at once, playback 4K, Support RAID and Multi-drive functionality and more modern network functions - Maybe look at the DS218 or DS218+
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featuresFor such a compact and cost effective device, it is possibly one of the best cost v hardware NAS that Synology have ever produced. Supporting many common NAS applications and functionality such as transcoding, 4K Playback, surveillance recording from IP Cameras, Apple Time Machine and more Don't let the size fool you
performancePerforming better and with more efficiency than the older DS116, the DS118 quad core Realtek CPU and DDR memory mean that you have a good balance of power underneath the bonnet. However it is designed more with efficiency than power in mind and therefore you should factor that in when buying,
valueHard to argue with so much ability and output at this price range. You need to overcome the lack of RAID protection and intel CPU, but after that you will not be disappointed. Easily one of the top 10 NAS devices we have seen so far
designUsing the same chassis as the DS116 NAS, the DS118 NAS is a compact, low power use, low noise and discreet size. If you are looking for a NAS you cancelled in a cupboard or draw somewhere, this may well be the perfect NAS for you.
featuresThe only downside, despite the high performance, is that this is based on the fact it is an ARM processor and therefore will always pale in comparison to a solid x86 based Intel or AMD CPU. Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.
performanceOnce you start looking at tasks that factor higher amounts of rendering, transcoding or much broader multimedia tasks across multiple streams at once, you will start to struggle
valueIf you have used NAS in they past, especially a device released this year) then the DS118 will not exactly blow your socks off. For it's size and price tag, it is an excellent NAS, but more designed with first time NAS users, micro users or those on a tight budget in mind.
designA Single HDD NAS, as many already know, lacks RAID protection. This should certainly be a factor to take into consideration when considering a NAS to store all your data.