VALUE FOR MONEY
|design||A classic, compact Synology case, the DS218PLAY is a good balance of loq power consumption, low noise and easy to put down on a shelf or in a cupboard and never think of again.|
|features||Though it is mainly geared towards multimedia use (4K, 1080p, DLNA, etc), unlike previous Synology PLAY series NAS, this unit has a better access and ability to run applications that are more business or file based - also the CPU used is efficient and powerful enough to be able to multitask very well indeed,|
|performance||In multimedia use, this device performs very, very well indeed. It also provides standard levels of performance on other network attached storage applications. It does what it says on the tin!|
|value||This IS a good NAS. If you need a compact and capable NAS server from Synology that will let you house and access your entire multimedia collection, the DS218PLAY will do the job, as well as provide additional support for everything from Apple Time Machine, to 3rd party cloud migration, file servers, download servers and support a website. It may not make teh top 5 NAS of the year, but it would get into the top 15|
|design||It is a shame that that Synology did not use a hotswap chassis with trays, or even the modern 2017/18 casing that is being used in the DS218 series. Also, Synology have yet to re-introduce the SD Card slot that was present on the DS214PLAY back in 2013/14 - such a shame|
|features||As mentioned, it is a much better performance threshold than the DS216PLAY, however, the price is still close enough to the DS218+ that for spending just a little more you can get a significantly more powerful NAS. Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.|
|performance||Even though this is a multimedia tasked NAS, Synology still have yet to introduce common multimedia demands like HDMI support and Audio out ports - features like this would push it easily into the front for MANY users and would also result in converting many QNAP NAS users|
|value||It may feel a little underwhelming a couple of years down the line once you start using non multimedia applications|
The Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play 2-Bay (1GB RAM) 8TBis Network Attached NAS Storage device. It features a Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz CPU and with 1GB RAM providing outstanding performance for those looking for a cost effective Network Storage option. This Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play is backed with Synology’s 2yr limited warranty.Out of the box this NAS can handle 2 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 32TB via 16TB drives.
Combining Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play and 2 Western Digital WD hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Storage solution.
Combining Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play and 2 Western Digital WD hard drives provide you compact but highly efficient Network-Attached Storage solution. Giving you the ability to share and distribute your media throughout the home and accross the internet, create Apple Time Machine backups, conduct Surveillance tasks and still furnish you with a strong Synchronisation system running in the background.
|Type||2-Bay (1GB RAM)|
|Form Factor / Drive Height||165x108x233mm|
|Processor||Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz|
|CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)||low|
|Total Drives (alternate)||2|
|RAID Levels||Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1|
|SATA||SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power||Internal||2|
|USB3||USB3 type A (host)||External||2|
|Speed/RPM||SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)|
|External Length (mm)||300cm|
|External Width (mm)||250cm|
|External Height (mm)||200cm|
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