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+
General PerformanceThe DS119J unlike the TS-128A is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the TS-128A this box has the Marvell Armada 3700 88F3720 Dual Core 800MHz processor. Another key difference between the TS-128A is RAM. DS119J arrives with 256MB RAM. It has 256MB RAM which is enough for home environments to do very simple tasks. The DS119J 256MB RAM compared with TS-128A 1GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS.
About Usage With one bay unit you probably will not care about loosing your data. You will simply choose this box to have NAS (network attached storage) capabilities. You can access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. By not having extra bays and RAID, you get cheap and simple NAS solution. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £21.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-128A.
General PerformanceThe TS-128A unlike the DS119J is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-128A to your needs. The quiet cooling fan has been used in the construction of the TS-128A. This is what you want when box is sitting on your work desk. Unlike the DS119J this box has the Realtek RTD1295 Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS119J is RAM. TS-128A arrives with 1GB RAM. Size of 1GB makes TS-128A the best regards to RAM capacity.
About Connections There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. One USB3 port on this Qnap is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.
About Usage With one bay unit you probably will not care about loosing your data. You will simply choose this box to have NAS (network attached storage) capabilities. You can access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. By not having extra bays and RAID, you get cheap and simple NAS solution.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £103.00.