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Synology DiskStation DS418play NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS418play Overview
The DiskStation DS418play is a 4-bay unit so it is decently large. It has official dimensions of 166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm and weighs in a 2.23 kg without drives installed. You are definitely going to want to make sure you have ample room on your desk or shelf for this unit. Under the hood the unit is powered by the Intel Celeron J3355 dual core processor that bursts up to 2.5 GHz and we also have 2GB of DDR3L memory, but it is expandable up to 6GB.

Synology DiskStation DS418play

At the front of the drive you’ll find the four removable drive trays. On the far left there are activity LEDs for power and each of the four drives, a USB 3.0 port, and power button. Most of the outer shell of the unit is made of plastic, but it feels like a hardened plastic. It does not feel cheap or flimsy at all.

Synology DiskStation DS418play

Each of the removable drive trays are locked by default. Synology includes two keys so you can easily unlock them. Once unlocked just pull up from the bottom and the tray will slide out.

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Removing the trays they are also made of plastic, but again heavy plastic, nothing seemed cheap about them. With the four trays the DS418play supports up to a total of 48TB of storage (4x 12TB drives).

Synology DiskStation DS418play

On the side of the drive there is a large Synology logo.

Synology DiskStation DS418play

Moving over to the back there are two 92 mm fans. These fans have 3 different modes (full speed, cool, quiet) and operate with a max noise level of 20.5 dBA. Below the fans you’ll find two 1GbE LAN ports, which feature link aggregation and failover support. There is another USB 3.0 port, Kensington lock port, and power connection on the back as well.

Synology DiskStation DS418play

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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