...a powerful entry point into the world of NAS, or a meaningful upgrade for anyone making do with a basic single- or dual-bay unit.
The Synology DS918+ can be either a powerful entry point into the world of NAS, or a meaningful upgrade for anyone making do with a basic single- or dual-bay unit.
Armed with a quad-core Intel processor and 4GB of memory, the four-bay server offers up heaps of storage, simple external expansion, solid all-round performance and 4K transcoding capabilities with full support for third-party services such as Plex.
Synology's hardware covers most of the essentials that small businesses or home enthusiasts will care about, and both the spare RAM slot and M.2 storage bays are helpful additions, however at this price point it's a shame not to see HDMI output nor a provision to upgrade to 10GbE connectivity.
The hardware can be described as safe rather than cutting edge, yet get to know the accomplished DiskStation Manager operating system and you soon discover that you can achieve plenty with a Celeron CPU and a bit of DDR3.
Bottom line: on the lookout for a highly capable four-bay NAS that's easy to setup and a joy to use? The Synology DS918+ is an excellent choice.
Excellent DSM operating system
Dual M.2 slots for easy SSD caching
Media transcoding with third-party apps
Simple expansion via optional DX517
Comprehensive app store
No option to upgrade to 10GbE
Plastic drive trays
Not the quietest
The Synology DS918+ NAS is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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