Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218+ 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS218j 2-Bay (512MB RAM)


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DS218+
IBSY-218P
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£267.00 ex.VAT
£320.40 inc.VAT
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DS218j
IBSY-218J
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£133.00 ex.VAT
£159.60 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218P
IBSY-218J
Brand
Synology
Synology
Series
DiskStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
DS218+
DS218j
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay (512MB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
04/09/2017
11/09/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
165x100x225.5mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
512MB
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz
Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 32-bit Dual Core 1.3 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
1313
low
Total Drives
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
2
RAID
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 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 to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
White
Weight (kg)
2.5kg
2.5kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
880g
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218+


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£267.00
Price inc.VAT:£320.40



8

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Synology DS218+ PROS

designI absolutely love this new chassis. Robbie on our YouTube channel, when asked to compare it with the DS216+ case, described it as comparing the new Robocop movie with the older one. Much more modern shape and design, a good mix of sharp edges with all the curves in the right places.
featuresOn a hardware level, you are going to be hard pushed to find a better 2 bay in this price range. Only the Synology DS718+ gives you better hardware options, but at a price of just £280+ without VAT, this is hard to beat.
performanceFeaturing a great J series CPU from intel in Dual Core and 2GB of memory, this unit can perform all of the very latest applications from synology in DSM 6.2
valueSynology have really turned a corner on their NAS series with this upgrade to the DS218+ flagship home two bay NAS. This is a worthy successor to the DS216+II and highly recommended.
Synology DS218+ CONS

designStill features that odd removable front panel, instead of lockable trays.
featuresJust one LAN port mans that link aggregation is not supported.
performanceThat dual core CPU, though an x86 chip that is highly suitable as a plex media server, is just a little underwhelming for creating even a single standalone VM use.
valueIf you reduce the size of your hard drives for this NAS by even 1TB each, you can afford the more powerful DS718+.



General Performance

The DS218+ same as the DS218j 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 DS218j this box has the Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS218j is RAM. DS218+ arrives with 2GB RAM.

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 is the most expensive box with the price tag £267.00.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218j


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£133.00
Price inc.VAT:£159.60



7.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 6.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 6.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score10.00
Synology DS218j PROS

designThe familiar Synology Chassis



General Performance

The DS218j same as the DS218+ 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+ this box has the Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 32-bit Dual Core 1.3 GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS218+ is RAM. DS218j arrives with 512MB RAM. It has 512MB RAM which is enough for home environments to do very simple tasks. The DS218j 512MB RAM compared with DS218+ 2GB 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. 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 £134.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS218+.


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