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


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DS218
IBSY-218
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£199.00 ex.VAT
£238.80 inc.VAT
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DS218+
IBSY-218P
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£260.00 ex.VAT
£312.00 inc.VAT
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General

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

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
165x108x233mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
2GB
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
1313
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
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB2 type A (host)
2X USB3 type A (host)
0X eSATA (host)
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
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
2.5kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
1.3kg
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£199.00
Price inc.VAT:£238.80



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

designSynology have improved this case and it is great to see the new 2-Bay chassis being utilised. The device arrives with much better specs than the DS216 before it and with almost double the stats and an 64bit Chip, the DS218 is an impressive starter NAS.
featuresEasily the best standard 2-Bay NAS synology have released. If your budget is tight, then this is possible the best price vs power NAS out there, supporting almost every application and NAS task you need. Though Plex Transcoding is not really an option - though native transcoding is more than possible.
performanceThe improved Realtek CPU and DDR4 memory mean that options like 4k, transcoding natively and most file level network applications are conducted very well.
valueAll in all, the best standard class NAS from Synology we have seen in a few years. Recommended for Surveillance, backups, file level access and sharing files easily - this si a good, solid NAS.
Synology DS218 CONS

designThose familiar with NAS may find the unit a little limiting - but for the budget and the hardware, it is still quite a bargain.
featuresThe lack of an intel / x86 based CPU, mean that transcoding in plex is not really an option.
performanceIt will stumble a little with higher end / dense multimedia applications.
valueIf your budget can allow it, we recommend the DS218+ unit as it will give you far higher power at your finger tips



General Performance

The DS218 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 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. Just like the DS218+ this box has 2GB RAM.

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.

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. This Synology is £61.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS218+.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218+


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£260.00
Price inc.VAT:£312.00



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 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® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor. Just like the DS218 this box has 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 £260.00.


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