Compare Qnap Desktop NAS TS-431P 4-Bay RAID (1GB RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS418j 4-Bay (1GB RAM)


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TS-431P
IBQ-431PP
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£214.00 ex.VAT
£256.80 inc.VAT
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DS418j
IBSY-418J
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£246.00 ex.VAT
£295.20 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBQ-431PP
IBSY-418J
Brand
Qnap
Synology
Series
Desktop NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
TS-431P
DS418j
Type
4-Bay RAID (1GB RAM)
4-Bay (1GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
19/09/2016
10/06/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
177x180x235mm
168x184x230mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
1GB
1GB
Guarantee
2yr
2yr
Processor
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
Realtek RTD1293 dual-core 1.4GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
low
Total Drives
4
4
Total Drives (alternate)
4
4
RAID
0:1:5:6:JBOD:
0:1:5:6:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
2X LAN
4X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
3X USB3 type A (host)
1X LAN
4X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
2X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
White
Black
Weight (kg)
4.3kg
4kg
Weight (bare)
3kg
2.21kg
Reviews
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-431P


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£214.00
Price inc.VAT:£256.80



7.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Qnap TS-431P PROS

designIt's a budget/Cost Effective NAS and therefore you cannot expect a superior build quality as you see in the QNAP TVS-1282T or the Synology DS3617xs. But even though it is a bit plastic-y, it is still functional and keeps the noise lower than you would expect.
featuresThe Annapurna CPU, though not breathtakingly powerful is still more than able to perform many, many tasks and is actually alot better than the CPU in most Budget or Cheap NAS servers
performanceIf you need a small to medium task level NAS for your file server needs and light to Medium Media Access via DLNA or the Native QNAP Apps, then this NAS will perform very well for you indeed
valueExcellent Value and if you need a RAID enabled NAS server for Windows or Mac - The TS-431p is the NAS device for you.
Qnap TS-431P CONS

designThe Plastoc trays and horrible lockless design make you feel like you are breaking the trays each time you use them. I would recommend replacing the trays with Metal Trays from QNAP
featuresNevertheless, it is still an ARM CPU and therefore functions and applications like PLEX Transcoding and Virtual Machines are not available to you with a NAS like this one.
performanceHowever if you need slightly more intensive, larger file operations or who to move towards that in the next year or two, then you are better off spending a little more on the QNAP TS-453A here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-453A-4G-4-Bay-RAID-0-1-5-6-4GB-RAM-~52841
valueIf you want a NAS that can do more intensive operations then what you save in the low price, you also lose in it's ability - this NAS is excellent for the price if you need smaller file access/volumne - Not if you want RAW power.



General Performance

The TS-431P unlike the DS418j 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-431P to your needs. Unlike the DS418j this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor. Just like the DS418j this box has 1GB RAM.

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. Three 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 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.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £32.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS418j.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS418j


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£246.00
Price inc.VAT:£295.20



7

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 6.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Synology DS418j PROS

designThough Synology have decided to use the older, rather retro looking Chassis that has been the model of choice for 4-bay cost-effective cases. However the contents of the DS418J are VASTLY improved!
featuresThanks to much better hardware inside the Synology DS418j NAS, the applications and software that the DS418 J can use fully is much, much better. Supporting 1080p, SHR, media streaming.
performanceThanks to the inclusion of that 64bit dual core ARM based chip that is hugely better than the DS416J offering, performance is greatly improved and this is further enhanced by the inclusion of 1GB of DDR4 memory - twice that of the DS416J. plus it is a higher frequency DDR4 at 2133Mhz than the 1800Mhz od DDR3.
valueEasily one of the most game-changing 4-Bay NAS from Synology in 2017 and 2018 - A big improvement over the DS416J
Synology DS418j CONS

designIt's a real shame that Synology are sticking with this case - it is hideous and with a poor method for HDD installation.
featuresStill not ideal for a large-scale multi-user environment. Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.
performanceI still think they should have installed an Intel Atom CPU - it would have increased power consumption, but feel it would have still kept the hardware and internal spec costs at the same level.
valueDespite all the innovation, it is still a relatively weak when compared with the DS918+



General Performance

The DS418j unlike the TS-431P 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-431P this box has the Realtek RTD1293 dual-core 1.4GHz processor. Just like the TS-431P this box has 1GB 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. 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.

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 £246.00.


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