Form Factor / Drive Height
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
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.
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 PerformanceThe TS-431P 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 TS-431P to your needs. Unlike the DS418play this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS418play is RAM. TS-431P arrives with 1GB RAM. The TS-431P 1GB RAM compared with DS418play 2GB is clearly weaker.
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 £160.00 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 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 Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz processor. Another key difference between the TS-431P is RAM. DS418play arrives with 2GB RAM. Size of 2GB makes DS418play the best regards to RAM capacity.
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 £374.00.