Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS718+ 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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DS718+
IBSY-718P
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£344.00 ex.VAT
£412.80 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218
IBSY-718P
Brand
Synology
Synology
Series
DiskStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
DS218
DS718+
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
11/09/2017
30/05/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
157x103.5x232mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
2GB
Guarantee
2yr
3yr
Processor
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
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
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB2 type A (host)
2X USB3 type A (host)
1X eSATA (host)
2X 1GbE RJ45
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:£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 DS718+ 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+ 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 DS718+ 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 £145.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS718+.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS718+


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£344.00
Price inc.VAT:£412.80



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

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+ 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 £344.00.


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