Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS218 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Qnap Desktop NAS TS-253B-4G 2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (4GB RAM)


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DS218
IBSY-218
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£210.00 ex.VAT
£252.00 inc.VAT
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TS-253B-4G
IBQ-253B-4G
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£421.00 ex.VAT
£505.20 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-218
IBQ-253B-4G
Brand
Synology
Qnap
Series
DiskStation NAS
Desktop NAS
Model
DS218
TS-253B-4G
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (4GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
11/09/2017
20/03/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
165x108x233mm
168 x 105 x 226 mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
4GB
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz)
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
2132
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 HDMI
2X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB-C
5X 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
Black
Weight (kg)
2.5kg
2.6kg
Weight (bare)
1.3kg
1.66kg
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£210.00
Price inc.VAT:£252.00



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

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-253B-4G 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-253B-4G 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. Another key difference between the TS-253B-4G is RAM. DS218 arrives with 2GB RAM. The DS218 2GB RAM compared with TS-253B-4G 4GB 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.

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 £211.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-253B-4G.
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-253B-4G


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£421.00
Price inc.VAT:£505.20



8.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score 9.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 9.00
Qnap TS-253B-4G PROS

designVery unique chassis design from QNAP in the newly release TS-253B NAS for 2017. It is both compact and remarkably packed with features. The removable front panel acts as both protection for the HDD trays and a preventative measure for dust. Also the addition of an LCD panel, SD Card Reader, Direct Attached Connection and 1 Touch copy button mean this small little NAS has an incredible number of features.
featureseasily one of the most fully featured NAS servers in this price range available to date! With many of the key hardware and software applications of the QNAP TVS-473, TS-451A, TS-453A and more - but all available in this single NAS. Dual HDMI, DUAL LAN, PCIe Slot, SD Card reader, Quick Connect DAS, one touch USB 3.0 Copy, Hot Swapping, new and improved remote control and more. This is fast becoming the home and SMB NAS to beat in 2017!
performanceSupporting everything from Plex, Kodi over HDMI in Linux Station, VMs, standalone surveillance, all RAID levels, DLNA support, apple time machine, Mac and Windows full RTRRR, QVR Pro Beta and more - you will struggle to find something this NAS cannot do!
valueFor the pure funtionality and ability, you will struggle to do better than this NAS. It is designed to be the answer to your NAS needs and delivers in almost everyway. It brings years of technical evolution and innovation to a climax and produces a fantastic little NAS solution in the TS-253B.
Qnap TS-253B-4G CONS

designShame it is almost 80% plastic externally. Yes that reduces noise and makes it quite, but some may be put off by this.
featuresThose looking for something for enterprise use will perhaps be better looking for something in the TVS-1282 Series in an i5 or i7. This NAS is about being able to do many, many things very well, rather than 1 or 2 things incredibly!
performanceWe just wish QNAP released the Thunderbolt 3 Card to buy seperately. A two Bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS would be incredible! Such a shame...but you never know!
valueMisses the mark just a little without arriving with TB3 connectivity and some users may be put off by the plastic chassis.



General Performance

The TS-253B-4G 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-253B-4G to your needs. Unlike the DS218 this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor. Another key difference between the DS218 is RAM. TS-253B-4G arrives with 4GB RAM. Size of 4GB makes TS-253B-4G the best regards to RAM capacity.

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-253B-4G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. TS-253B-4G built in SD card slot is going to be just what you need if you are photographer or making YouTube videos. It allows you to plug your SD card directly from your camera into a NAS for quick footage transfer. PCIe port is new feature in desktop NAS market. You can utilise it by adding M.2 SSD for caching or adding 10Gbe fast network card for faster data transfer speed. 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. USB-C gives you this 10Gbps speed for quick backups or simple data transfers. It is new - universal connection which allows to connect to different systems like MAC and Windows. Six 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 £421.00.


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