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Synology DiskStation DS1618+ Review

Synology, a tried and true provider of NAS, networking, and surveillance products, recently released the DiskStation DS1618+, a NAS aimed at providing both home and small-to-medium sized businesses with a scalable storage solution. Offering room for up to six drives, and the ability to upgrade to a 10Gbps NIC or M.2 SSD caching, the DiskStation DS1618+ looks to be a powerhouse system.

Synology DiskStation DS418play
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Synology DiskStation DS418play NAS Review

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have definitely evolved over the past few years. Yes they are there to give you a reliable data backup for your files, with easy access to these files over the network, or even over the internet. But many consumers are looking for a device to store, and more importantly be able to stream media to all of the different devices in their home. Synology's DiskStation DS418play allows you to not only stream HD video content to these devices, but 4K content as well. It does all of the heavy lifting, transcoding this content so even the smallest, under-powered devices can be streamed to. Being a Synology NAS the DiskStation DS418play is also loaded with Synology's DSM which gives you access to all types of tools for home and small business use. Let's get some drives in the DS418play and see what it can do!

TerraMaster F2-220 2-Bay NAS
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TerraMaster F2-220 2-Bay NAS Review

TerraMaster is a new company to us here at ThinkComputers. They have been focused on the development of storage technology for 16 years and their main product range includes network attached storage and direct attached storage devices. Today we will be taking a look at the F2-220 2-bay NAS. This network attached storage device features an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual core CPU, 2 GB of memory, and two SATA drive bays that support 2.5-inch as well as 3.5-inch hard drives for up to 16TB of total storage space. The F2-220 runs on the Linux-based TerraMaster TOS operation system, which gives you a very user-friendly experience. Let's get some drives in the F2-220 and see what it can do!

Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS
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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review

Today we are back with another NAS review from Synology. This time it is their DiskStation DS716+ which is designed for growing small to medium businesses. This is a 2-bay NAS that is built on Intel's Braswell platform so inside you have an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor and 2 GB of DDR3 memory. The two bays give you room for up to 16TB of storage and you can add more by the two USB 3.0 ports and eSATA port on the back of the drive. This NAS also features dual Ethernet ports for failover and Link Aggregation support. Being a Synology NAS the DS716+ is powered by the award winning DiskStation Manager NAS OS, which makes setting up and configuring your NAS a breeze. This NAS also features a hardware-accelerated transcoding engine, which allows you to transcode and stream H.264 4K / 1080p videos to high-definition TV, digital media players, mobile handsets, and computers. Let's jump in and see what the DiskStation DS716+ is all about!

Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS
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Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review

Synology is a company we know for great network-attached storage (NAS) devices. They have really made a name for themselves by making setting up and using a NAS very easy. Today we will be taking a look at their DiskStation DS216+ which is part of their Plus Series of devices that are made for workgroup and small / medium business use. Being part of the Plus Series the DS216+ features a Intel Celeron N3050 dual core 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory and two hard drive slots for a total storage capacity of us to 16TB. Built into the DS216+ you have the AES-NI hardware encryption engine, support of Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust, and 4K Ultra HD video transcoding, all backed by high-speed data transfer rates. Like all Synology NAS devices the DS216+ is running Synology’s award winning NAS OS, DiskStation Manager. This makes configuring your NAS and getting it setup a breeze. Let’s check out the DS216+ and see what it is all about!

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS
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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS Review

WD or Western Digital has been making hard drives for quite a long time. A few years ago they introduced their WD Red drives that were made specifically for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. WD currently offers three different levels of NAS devices. The My Cloud devices are aimed at the general consumer, the My Cloud EX (expert) are prosumer devices, and finally you have the business series which is made up of the My Cloud DL devices. Today we will be taking a look at the My Cloud EX2 Ultra, which is a 2-bay NAS devices powered by a Marvell Armada 385 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory. With those specs the My Cloud EX2 should be able to handle whatever you might throw at it. It also features WD’s My Cloud OS 3, which should make setting up and managing the NAS quite easy. Let’s jump in and see what the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is all about!

QNAP TS-453 mini
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QNAP Unveils Quiet and Stylish Vertical NAS TS-453 mini

QNAP Systems, Inc. today released the quad-core TS-453 mini, a 4-bay vertical NAS that suits non-spacious office environments. Featuring a stylish glossy look, easy tool-less hard drive installation, simple RAM upgrade design, a quiet exhaust for heat dissipation and LED indicators with adjustable brightness controls, the elegant TS-453 mini is packed full of cutting-edge features and apps to provide day-to-day file storage, backup, sharing, synchronization and entertainment needs.

QNAP TS-469L
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QNAP TS-469L Network Attached Storage Device Review

NAS devices have come a long way in the past several years. What used to be a bunch of hard drives plugged into a motherboard with an Ethernet NIC and a power port, running a stripped down Linux kernel with a few fileshare services running has expanded to these comparative monstrosities with connectivity galore: USB ports, eSATA ports, multiple NICs, and now HDMI. A NAS isn’t so much a NAS any longer: it’s a multimedia computer not just suited for the office closet, but for the living room, as well. The QNAP TS-469L, combined with QTS 4.0.1, wants to be in your living room. It wants to be your multimedia machine, storing the things you want to see on your television, be those things cast from your laptop, HTPC, or streaming device, or shown directly from the device itself. In this review, we’ll go into light depth on many of the features of the QNAP TS-469L, but also QTS 4.0.1, as this is the first QNAP product review we’ve done since the overhauled firmware was released several weeks ago.

Seagate NAS Hard Drive
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Seagate Unveils New 4TB NAS Hard Drive

On Tuesday Seagate introduced a new hard drive which is specifically made for NAS (network attached storage) installations. NAS is considered to be one of the most reasonably priced centralized storage solutions for small office networks and homes. But since most NAS devices do not come with drives, Seagate did the honors of taking a step further announcing its Seagate NAS HDD.

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