Form Factor / Drive Height
234.6 x 369.9 x 319.8 mm
157 x 340 x 233 mm
Intel® Core™ i5-7500 Quad-core 3.4 GHz (Max. 3.8 GHz)
Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
designGreat combination of x8 3.5" bays and x4 2.5" bays, this professional looking unit has a solid metal design with an LCD screen to give you all the right information at a glance. Quick clip plastic trays make for easy installation of drives
featuresPack with Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10GbE ports, this is an editors dream. Featuring USB Type-C ports, HDMI, and the option of M.2 ports, this is a very flexible NAS for Business and editors.
performanceBoosting the i5/i7 series CPU and DDR4 RAM that can exceed 32GB, This makes for a great VM server and the power to deal with large media files due to those TB3 ports. Perfect for those Plex servers.
valueTaking into account all the features this has in one box? - many editors and larger business will love this unit
designPlastic trays bring down the feel of quality and some may not like this option
featuresM.2 are SATA and Not Nvme
performancePeople will expect TB3 speeds but as the SSD are SATA, it will vary from person to person
valueThe Thunderbolt and 10GbE make it pricey for small businesses
General PerformanceThe TVS-1282T3-i5-16G unlike the DS1817 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 TVS-1282T3-i5-16G to your needs. This model comes with new DDR4 technology random access memorty (RAM). DDR3 used to work at 800 MT/s (or Millions of Transfers per second) and some went as high as 2133. DDR4, starts at 2133 MHz. The increased speed means an overall increase in bandwidth. This unit also arrives with a One-touch Backup button on the front panel, when it is configured on the TVS-1282T3-i5-16G, it can be used to backup data off of the USB device, or vice versa. Unlike the DS1817 this box has the Intel® Core™ i5-7500 Quad-core 3.4 GHz (Max. 3.8 GHz) processor. This box has i5 processor. Similarly like i7 it could likely have a "turbo boost" when needed. Another key difference between the DS1817 is RAM. TVS-1282T3-i5-16G arrives with 16GB RAM. The TVS-1282T3-i5-16G 16GB RAM compared with DS1817 4GB 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 TVS-1282T3-i5-16G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. The TVS-1282T3-i5-16G is packed with remote control for you to conveniently control the HD Station via the built-in IR receiver of the TVS-1282T3-i5-16G. With six LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level NAS. There are two Thunderbolt ports on TVS-1282T3-i5-16G. Five 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 8 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.
This NAS feature Intel® Core™ i5-7500 Quad-core 3.4 GHz (Max. 3.8 GHz) processor which will let you transcode videos on the PLEX. This will allow you to watch videos remotely from anywhere you can connect to the internet. The i3 CPU will transcode all HD and Full HD videos including quite few 4K videos. The i5 and i7 will pretty much transcode any video you want. The difference will be the number of simultaneous streams. The i7 obviously can cope with more streams than i5.
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 £2,507.00.
designThis Standard 8-Bay NAS is the lower tier alternative to the popular DS1817+ NAS from Synology. That said, the sleek, modern and compact chassis design from Synology is still a firm favourite for many and also quieter than most. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
featuresThough it lacks the higher end Intel CPU of the bigger PLUS model, the Annapurna CPU found in this device is the perfect blend of speed and multi-purpose use for multiple file exchanges across many folders and applications. Likewise, it can be used in more conventional home uses like Plex (without transcoding), Surveillance, mail servers, Apple Time Machine and more. It may not be breath takingly fast, but it is more than enough for most to get by with.
performanceWith an above average read and write and multiple gigabit LAN ports (RJ45), ease of use, versatility of the operating software and more, if this is your first or second NAS, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well it performs for your day to day tasks in a home or small office environment.
valueThis unit is priced evenly in their 'food-chain' of NAS devices. You will not be paying top dollar for this unit, however you do get what you pay for in terms of overall power and ability.
designHowever this design This design is becoming a little stale so many years after release and could well be due an upgrade.
featuresAs soon as you want to perform more business class or power consuming applications, you will hit the limits with this unit. It is a mid range NAS device and should be treated as such.
performanceIf you are looking for a more business concentric NAS that will be able to smoothly handle a multi user access environment or more graphically demanding task will find this device rather limiting. In those cases, I have no hesitation in recommending the Synology DS1817+ NAS
valueFor those thinking longer term, it is worth considering spending a little more and going for the more powerful NAS device so you can grow and expand your needs within the lifespan of your hardware. I would recommend the Synology DS1517+ NAS https://www.span.com/product/Synology-8-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS1817+-2GB-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1-5-6-PCIe~61415
General PerformanceThe DS1817 unlike the TVS-1282T3-i5-16G 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 TVS-1282T3-i5-16G this box has the Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.7GHz processor. Another key difference between the TVS-1282T3-i5-16G is RAM. DS1817 arrives with 4GB RAM. The DS1817 4GB RAM compared with TVS-1282T3-i5-16G 16GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections With four LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level 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. There are two eSATA ports on DS1817 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 8 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 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite TVS-1282T3-i5-16G has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your three years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Synology is £1,700.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TVS-1282T3-i5-16G.