General PerformanceThe TR-004U unlike the DS418play 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 TR-004U to your needs. The TR-004U RAM compared with DS418play 2GB is clearly weaker.
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 TR-004U 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 box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £41.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS418play.
designUnlike the DS218PLAY, the new 4-bay DS418PLAY features a brand new external chassis, dual LAN ports for improved data transmission in the box and lockable HDD Trays - the DS418PLAY is a vastly better built unit that then DS416PLAY.
featuresLike the other 2018 PLAY series NAS, this device is a big jump in applications and ability over the old DS416PLAY. Additionally though it arrives with better multimedia and bussiness application support. With everything from 4K to BTRFS included - these are typically top-tier functions that are now available in this slightly lower price NAS.
performanceDefinitely performing better than it's predecessor, the DS418PLAY arrives with a solid J Series Intel CPU and 2GB of Memory. A much bigger jump than the DS416PLAY - Twice the power really.
valueNow that media is getting bigger (both in size and resolution) it is becoming more and more common for people to buy 4-Bay NAS servers for their space and RAID security. This is certainly a solid choice for those looking for a strong, reliable multimedia NAS for 1080p and 4K
designStill lacking both an SD Card reader or an HDMI port. Come on Synology, give us what we want!
featuresHardware transcoding engine would take the strain off the CPU
performanceSeems odd that they didn't go for a Quad Core, as the non-PLAY and non-Plus NAS all seem to feature a quad core CPU (ARM based though)
valueThe quad-core CPU could have been useful for those who want to push their NAS to the limits.
General PerformanceThe DS418play unlike the TR-004U 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 TR-004U this box has the Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz 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. 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 4 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 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £386.00.