Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218+ 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS718+ (6GB) 2-Bay (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM)


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DS218+
IBSY-218P
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£256.00 ex.VAT
£307.20 inc.VAT
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DS718+ (6GB)
IBSY-718P6
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£398.00 ex.VAT
£477.60 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218P
IBSY-718P6
Brand
Synology
Synology
Series
DiskStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
DS218+
DS718+ (6GB)
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay (2GB + 4GB Synology RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
04/09/2017
09/11/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
157x103.5x232mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
6GB
Guarantee
2yr
3yr
Processor
Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz
Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
1313
2153
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 eSATA (host)
2X RJ45 1GbE
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
3X 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
Black
Weight (kg)
2.5kg
2.7kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
1.74kg
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218+


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£256.00
Price inc.VAT:£307.20



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 DS718+ (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 DS718+ (6GB) this box has the Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS718+ (6GB) is RAM. DS218+ arrives with 2GB RAM. The DS218+ 2GB RAM compared with DS718+ (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 £142.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS718+ (6GB).
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS718+ (6GB)


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£398.00
Price inc.VAT:£477.60



9

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score10.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 9.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 9.00
Synology DS718+ (6GB) PROS

designKeeping the older chassis from the previous unit DS716+II is a smart move. The result is that costs are being kept VERY close to that of the previous unit. It is both compact, cool and quiet (though the noise of the drives should always be kept into consideration).
featuresBY FAR the most powerful and able 2-Bay from Synology and at this price level, it is VERY hard to beat. It can do EVERYTHING - Trancode 4K, Run as a Plex Media Server with transcoding, host a few virtual machines, store images in apple time machine - every thing most people need a NAS for, this unit can do it.
performanceAlongside the ability to perform all of the tasks you need from a NAS server in 2017 and 2018, you will have the high speed of read and write from the dual LAN ports. As well as supporting both the BTRFS files system and the SHR configuration - both of which vastly improve your performance and integrity of your data
valueEasily one of the best NAS servers of 2017. It has the power, the price and the compact size to fulfil your NAS needs and provide an ample storage solution.
Synology DS718+ (6GB) CONS

designStill not sure why they didn't update the chassis, as they have done with the DS218+
featuresAs it is just a 2-Bay, you will need to buy the DX517 to expand to higher than 2 HDD/SSD. If you need more than 2 bays for immediate storage, go for the DS918+
performanceThe RAM can only be expanded to 6GB - As apposed to 8GB as you might expect. The 4GB Memory upgrade is available from Synology, but still a shame you cannot officially exceed the 6GB Memory
valueThe only real negative for me was that the price is only £60-70 lower than the DS918+ 4-Bay, which features NVMe SSD storage on top and 4GB of goes upto 8GB.



General Performance

The DS718+ (6GB) 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 Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS218+ is RAM. DS718+ (6GB) arrives with 6GB RAM. Size of 6GB makes DS718+ (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. Three 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 DS718+ (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+ 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 £398.00.


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