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


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TS-253A-4G

IBQ-253A-4G
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DS218+
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General

Stock code
IBQ-253A-4G
IBSY-218P
Brand
Qnap
Synology
Series
Desktop NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
TS-253A-4G
DS218+
Type
2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (4GB RAM)
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
UPC
885022009879
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
19/11/2015
04/09/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
150x102x216mm
165x108x233mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
4GB
2GB
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz)
Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
1700
1313
Total Drives
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
RAID
0:1:JBOD:
0:1:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
2X HDMI
2X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
4X USB3 type A (host)
0X eSATA (host)
1X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
Speed
Speed/RPM
6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
Black
Weight (kg)
2.92kg
2.5kg
Weight (bare)
1.74kg
1.3kg
Reviews
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-253A-4G


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General Performance

The TS-253A-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-253A-4G to your needs. This unit also arrives with a One-touch Backup button on the front panel, when it is configured on the TS-253A-4G, it can be used to backup data off of the USB device, or vice versa. The quiet cooling fan has been used in the construction of the TS-253A-4G. This is what you want when box is sitting on your work desk. Unlike the DS218+ this box has the Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz) processor. Another key difference between the DS218+ is RAM. TS-253A-4G arrives with 4GB RAM. The TS-253A-4G 4GB RAM compared with DS218+ 2GB is clearly weaker.

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-253A-4G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. The TS-253A-4G is packed with remote control for you to conveniently control the HD Station via the built-in IR receiver of the TS-253A-4G. 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. 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. 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 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS218+


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£262.00
Price inc.VAT:£314.40



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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

designI absolutely love this new chassis. Robbie on our YouTube channel, when asked to compare it with the DS216+ case, described it as comparing the new Robocop movie with the older one. Much more modern shape and design, a good mix of sharp edges with all the curves in the right places.
featuresOn a hardware level, you are going to be hard pushed to find a better 2 bay in this price range. Only the Synology DS718+ gives you better hardware options, but at a price of just £280+ without VAT, this is hard to beat.
performanceFeaturing a great J series CPU from intel in Dual Core and 2GB of memory, this unit can perform all of the very latest applications from synology in DSM 6.2
valueSynology have really turned a corner on their NAS series with this upgrade to the DS218+ flagship home two bay NAS. This is a worthy successor to the DS216+II and highly recommended.
Synology DS218+ CONS

designStill features that odd removable front panel, instead of lockable trays.
featuresJust one LAN port mans that link aggregation is not supported.
performanceThat dual core CPU, though an x86 chip that is highly suitable as a plex media server, is just a little underwhelming for creating even a single standalone VM use.
valueIf you reduce the size of your hard drives for this NAS by even 1TB each, you can afford the more powerful DS718+.



General Performance

The DS218+ unlike the TS-253A-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-253A-4G this box has the Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor. Another key difference between the TS-253A-4G is RAM. DS218+ arrives with 2GB RAM. The DS218+ 2GB RAM compared with TS-253A-4G 4GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. 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 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £262.00.


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