General PerformanceThe S355BU33ERM unlike the DS1019+ is made by StarTech. There always other brands out there like StarTech which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. The S355BU33ERM RAM compared with DS1019+ 8GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections One USB3 port on this StarTech 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 S355BU33ERM giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
About Usage As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your S355BU33ERM box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty This StarTech is £359.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS1019+.
designUsing a very similar chassis to the DS918+, the DS1019+ gives you 5 bays of storage in a much more compact chassis that the DS1517+. Additionally the unit manages to give you all the ports, features and connections that you would expect - despite it's modest size. Plus hotswappable+lockable drive trays are a bonus too! Lastly, the cherry on the cake is the 2x NVMe slots subtly hidden in the base. Lots of functionality, all hidden in a small case.
featuresThere are not many modern applications in NAS that the DS1019+ cannot do. Supporting the very latest version of DSM 6.2 and all the first and third party applications that are on the software from Synology. You will only really hit limitations if you are looking at a NAS that can edit large media live (photo-video editors) or want to achieve upload/download above 200MB/s. Even then, internal Read/Write will be excellent and can be further improved by installing two NVMe SSD drives in a RAID 1 environment.
performanceGreat performance inside and out, thanks to that Intel J3455 Quad Core CPU and Memory that can be expanded all the way upto 8GB (or 16GB unofficially). Additionally, this device will functon exceptionally well as a Plex Media Server, surveillance platform, backup server and supports transcoding of 1080p and 4K of upto 2 streams at once. If you want to really push it, then add the SSD Media to the NVMe slots and really watch those IOPs go crazy!
valueFor 5 Bay NAS, you are getting an awful lot of bang for your buck. It is not the cheapest unit in the Synology flagship series, but it is still fantastic value for all this hardware, 3 years of warranty and constant updates. Buy this NAS if you want a good, solid amount of RAID storage and want to stay on top of your NAS needs in years to come.
designThe plastic chassis may put some users off who were used to the metal case on the DS1517+ previously.
featuresOnly 2x RJ45 LAN and a lack of PCIe slot/10Gbe may limit some users looking to switch to 10G in their network or point to point editing in the near future.
performanceOnce again, the lack of 10Gbe potential and just the two LANs mean that the speeds you get on DAY 1 externally, will not go any higher as the years go by.
valueThe DS918+ NAS, which features 4 drives, is still lower in price than this device and with near enough identical specifications. Those on a tight budget may well want to go for the 4 bay DS918+ and spend the money saved on an extra Terabyte of storage.
General PerformanceThe DS1019+ unlike the S355BU33ERM 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 S355BU33ERM this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor.
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. 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. There is one eSATA port on DS1019+ 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 5 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. 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 S355BU33ERM 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 £571.00.