Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218+ (6GB) 2-Bay (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS720+ (6GB) 2-Bay, 2x NVMe (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play 2-Bay (1GB RAM)


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DS218+ (6GB)
IBSY-218P6
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£296.00 ex.VAT
£355.20 inc.VAT
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DS720+ (6GB)
IBSY-720P6
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£414.00 ex.VAT
£496.80 inc.VAT
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DS218play
IBSY-218PLAY
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£180.00 ex.VAT
£216.00 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218P6
IBSY-720P6
IBSY-218PLAY
Brand
Synology
Synology
Synology
Series
DiskStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
DS218+ (6GB)
DS720+ (6GB)
DS218play
Type
2-Bay (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM)
2-Bay, 2x NVMe (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM)
2-Bay (1GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Y
Min Qty
789
Date added
09/11/2017
22/05/2020
18/09/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
157x103.5x232mm
165x108x233mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
6GB
6GB
1GB
Guarantee
2yr
3yr
2yr
Processor
Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz
Intel Celeron J4125 4-core 2.0 GHz, burst up to 2.7 GHz
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
1325
3035
low
Total Drives
2
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
2
2
RAID
0:1:
0:1:
0:1:
RAID Levels
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
0X eSATA (host)
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X eSATA (host)
2X RJ45 1GbE
2X SATA 3.5
2X USB3.0
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
2X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA 6Gb/s to 1GbE
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Weight (kg)
2.5kg
2.5kg
2.2kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
1.51kg
870g
Watts
17.23W
16.79W
Colour
Black
Black
Black
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218+ (6GB)


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Price ex.VAT:£296.00
Price inc.VAT:£355.20





General Performance

The DS218+ (6GB) same as the DS720+ (6GB) and the DS218play 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 DS720+ (6GB) and the DS218play this box has the Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz processor. Just like the DS720+ (6GB) this box has 6GB RAM. The DS218+ (6GB) 6GB RAM compared with DS720+ (6GB) 6GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. 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 two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. 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 £118.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS720+ (6GB).
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS720+ (6GB)


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Price ex.VAT:£414.00
Price inc.VAT:£496.80





General Performance

The DS720+ (6GB) same as the DS218+ (6GB) and the DS218play 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. This model comes with new DDR4 technology random access memorty (RAM). DDR3 used to work at 800 MT/s (or Millions of Transfers per second) and some went as high as 2133. DDR4, starts at 2133 MHz. The increased speed means an overall increase in bandwidth. Unlike the DS218+ (6GB) and the DS218play this box has the Intel Celeron J4125 4-core 2.0 GHz, burst up to 2.7 GHz processor. Just like the DS218+ (6GB) this box has 6GB RAM. Size of 6GB makes DS720+ (6GB) the best regards to RAM capacity.

About Connections

There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Two USB3 ports on this Synology 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. There is one eSATA port on DS720+ (6GB) giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds. 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 two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. 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 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite DS218+ (6GB) has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your three years of no worries manufacturer cover. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £414.00.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218play


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£180.00
Price inc.VAT:£216.00



7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Synology DS218play PROS

designA classic, compact Synology case, the DS218PLAY is a good balance of loq power consumption, low noise and easy to put down on a shelf or in a cupboard and never think of again.
featuresThough it is mainly geared towards multimedia use (4K, 1080p, DLNA, etc), unlike previous Synology PLAY series NAS, this unit has a better access and ability to run applications that are more business or file based - also the CPU used is efficient and powerful enough to be able to multitask very well indeed,
performanceIn multimedia use, this device performs very, very well indeed. It also provides standard levels of performance on other network attached storage applications. It does what it says on the tin!
valueThis IS a good NAS. If you need a compact and capable NAS server from Synology that will let you house and access your entire multimedia collection, the DS218PLAY will do the job, as well as provide additional support for everything from Apple Time Machine, to 3rd party cloud migration, file servers, download servers and support a website. It may not make teh top 5 NAS of the year, but it would get into the top 15
Synology DS218play CONS

designIt is a shame that that Synology did not use a hotswap chassis with trays, or even the modern 2017/18 casing that is being used in the DS218 series. Also, Synology have yet to re-introduce the SD Card slot that was present on the DS214PLAY back in 2013/14 - such a shame
featuresAs mentioned, it is a much better performance threshold than the DS216PLAY, however, the price is still close enough to the DS218+ that for spending just a little more you can get a significantly more powerful NAS. Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.
performanceEven though this is a multimedia tasked NAS, Synology still have yet to introduce common multimedia demands like HDMI support and Audio out ports - features like this would push it easily into the front for MANY users and would also result in converting many QNAP NAS users
valueIt may feel a little underwhelming a couple of years down the line once you start using non multimedia applications



General Performance

The DS218play same as the DS218+ (6GB) and the DS720+ (6GB) 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 DS218+ (6GB) and the DS720+ (6GB) this box has the Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor. With its 64bit processor, this box should have no trouble transcoding your videos up to 1080P via the native MANUFACTURER apps. Another key difference between the DS218+ (6GB) and the DS720+ (6GB) is RAM. DS218play arrives with 1GB RAM. The DS218play 1GB RAM compared with DS720+ (6GB) 6GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. Two USB3 ports on this Synology 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 two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite DS218+ (6GB) has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your two years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Synology is £234.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS720+ (6GB).


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