New network-attached storage appliances are aimed at small offices as well as homes.
Synology has released its new range of entry-level NAS appliances, including the $337 two-bay DS218play which features a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and hardware encryption and transcoding engines. Other specifications include 1GB RAM, 110MBps encrypted sequential read/write throughput, and real-time single channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD or single channel full HD video transcoding.
The $260 DS218j is another two-bay model, but has a less capable processor (dual-core 1.3 GHz) and less RAM (512MB) than the DS218play, and also lacks the transcoding engine. Yet it manages slightly higher read (113MBps) and write (112MBps) speeds. Synology trumpets the DS218j's energy efficiency, consuming 17.48W during peak usage and 7.03W when the drives are hibernating, but compared the DS218play does even better with 16.79W and 5.16W respectively.
Finally, there's the DS118. Priced at $245, it appears to be the one-bay equivalent of the DS218play.
All three models include one Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 ports.
Synology's DSM software provides various applications including multimedia, file sharing, backup and productivity tools.