Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Qnap Desktop NAS TS-251A-2G 2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (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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TS-251A-2G
IBQ-251A-2G
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£258.00 ex.VAT
£309.60 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218
IBQ-251A-2G
Brand
Synology
Qnap
Series
DiskStation NAS
Desktop NAS
Model
DS218
TS-251A-2G
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (2GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
11/09/2017
18/07/2016

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
168.5x102x225mm
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
14nm Intel® Celeron® N3060 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, up to 2.48GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
1029
Total Drives
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
RAID
0:1:
0:1:JBOD:
RAID Levels
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB2 type A (host)
2X USB3 type A (host)
2X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X SD Card
1X USB3 Micro-B
3X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
White
Weight (kg)
2.5kg
2.64kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
1.28kg
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 unlike the TS-251A-2G 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 TS-251A-2G 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 TS-251A-2G 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 £59.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-251A-2G.
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-251A-2G


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£258.00
Price inc.VAT:£309.60



7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score 9.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 6.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
Qnap TS-251A-2G PROS

designEasy accessible front USB3 to backup your external drive one way or another. Useful SD card slot eliminates the necessity for a cable to connect photo camera. Bi-directional micro USB connection let you connect this NAS directly to your PC to upload or download any files. The quick backup button on the front saves a lot of time to quickly backup your external hard drive. Colourwise, we find a lot of similarity between the TS-251A and the TS-251B, but the fact that the QNAP TS-251A arrives with traditional tray and chassis design may well appeal to those looking for a device built for functionality, rather than looks.
featuresDespite the fact that the QNAP TS-251A arrives at a price-tag noticeably lower than the TS-253A, TS-253B or TS-253Be, you get lots of hardware for your money! The QNAP TS-251A arrives with a dual core intel CPU, SD Card Slot, HDMI port, 2 LAN ports, USB QuickConnect DAS port, remote control and more. Currently this kind of hardware will cost you around 15% more than most QNAP NAS.
performanceThanks to the dual LAN ports, you can use link aggregation and get effectively double the uploaded double from the NAS itself (if connecting with devices over 2Gbe and above. Additionally the TS-251A supports most hardware and software available intel brand new QNAP QTS 4.3.5 software (latest version in beta). This combined with multiple means of access through the SD Card, USB 3.0 directly and more, mean that you have a very capable NAS.
valueThe QNAP TS-251A gives you a lot for your money and still performs very well for a 2 year old NAS. There is definitely room for improvement, but if you are using the QNAP TS-251A for home and light file use, it will be an extraordinary useful.
Qnap TS-251A-2G CONS

designThere is no denying that the chassis design is less equipped to control noise and airflow than the TS-251B and the plastic chassis will be a little off-putting for many.
featuresUnfortunately, this great external hardware is undermined by less efficient internal hardware and the dual-core Celeron inside is no match in overall efficiency with the Intel J Celeron series or the TS-251B. Resulting in temperatures getting a little higher, speeds being lower and more power being consumed.
performanceThe lack of a PCIe slot on the TS-251A, as well as the USB 3.0 direct access port running via IP protocol (so, limited to 1Gbe), mean that if you are using the TS-251A for dense/busy file transfers, you will hit a glass ceiling early on!
valueThe internal hardware is a little underwhelming and may well act as a silent bottleneck overtime. If you hope to edit over 10Gbe now or a later date, the extra hardware may well serve as a false economy.



General Performance

The TS-251A-2G unlike the DS218 is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-251A-2G to your needs. This unit also arrives with a One-touch Backup button on the front panel, when it is configured on the TS-251A-2G, it can be used to backup data off of the USB device, or vice versa. Unlike the DS218 this box has the 14nm Intel® Celeron® N3060 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, up to 2.48GHz processor. Just like the DS218 this box has 2GB RAM.

About Connections

At the back of the box you will find HDMI port which will let you connect it to TV or monitor. In this case you are not limited to network speeds. You might be interested in audio output ports. With TS-251A-2G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. The TS-251A-2G is packed with remote control for you to conveniently control the HD Station via the built-in IR receiver of the TS-251A-2G. SD card slot make this product unique. Might be handy for photographers to directly connect and access media without looking for a USB cable. 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. You can instantly access files and data stored on the TS-251A-2G by connecting a PC/Mac to its USB 3.0 QuickAccess port. Four USB3 ports on this Qnap 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. 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 £258.00.


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