SOHO NAS reviews generally focus on NAS devices that feature 1 to 4 bays of storage and enable SOHO (small office home office) users to quickly and easily backup their important data - whether that data is work documents, family photos, a music and movie collection or anything else that users want to secure. These SOHO NAS reviews feature products that have simple management tools but still offer a significant feature-set so that users benefit from robust functionality without being overwhelmed by complexity.
by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216j Review

Released in March of this year, the Synology DiskStation DS216j is touted as the more affordable model of the DS216 line (which includes the DS216play and DS216se). Even though this is considered a more budget-oriented model, this 2-bay DiskStation still features a dual-core CPU with a hardware encryption engine, the latter which helps diverts encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU for optimized efficiency. Synology has specifically designed the DS216j for home users with looking for an effective storage solution that focuses on multimedia streaming as well as seamless file management and synchronization.

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by Chris Thomas

Synology Releases NAS DS416play

Taking the wraps off a new NAS station, Synology today introduced the DiskStation DS416play. The latest in Synology’s play series NAS options, this device supports an impressive number of home media streaming options. One of the main draws to this device as time goes on will be its ability to transcode h.264 4K video, despite the extreme lack of that kind of content on the market currently.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS416slim Review

The 4-bay DS416slim was designed to serve home users or professionals in need of a compact and energy-efficient NAS. Although the DS416slim is part of Synology's J Series, which is their budget line, it includes everything that a personal user or small business would need. Unlike most of Synology's DiskStation models, the DS416slim uses 2.5" drives, which is key to its compact size. However this comes with capacity limitations versus models that leverage 3.5" drives.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology Introduces The DiskStation DS916+

Synology recently announced the DiskStation DS916+, which brings scalability and new components to their DS415+ model. This marks Synology's latest addition to their Plus Series, which is comprised of servers that are designed to appeal to growing businesses and media enthusiasts. The main selling point of this NAS pertains to its scalability: users can effectively turn the DS916+ into a 9-bay server by adding one of Synology's DX513 expansion units increasing the total raw capacity of the DS916+ to 72TB (with nine 8TB HDDs). This feature helps businesses minimize their startup costs while retaining the ability to more than double their storage capacity in the future.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TBS-453A M.2 SSD-based NASbook Now Available

QNAP Systems has released the TBS-453A NASbook, which is touted as the world’s first M.2 SSD-based NAS. The TBS-453A provides users with full NAS functionalities and RAID protection in an ultra-compact size. It also acts as a physical network switch to share network access with multiple users and features a near-silent design, dual HDMI output, and 4K display.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Introduces The DiskStation DS416slim

Today Synology Inc. announced another new 4-bay NAS server, the DiskStation DS416slim. The DS416slim is a compact, energy efficient NAS server aimed at home users and professionals. The NAS is easily transportable and can hold up to four 2.5” drives for a max capacity of 8TB. And like all of Synology’s NAS devices, the DS416slim is powered by the award winning OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Announces New Thunderbolt 2 NAS, Virtual JBOD Solution, QPulse Remote Server Management Solution, and More

At CeBIT 2016, QNAP Systems has unveiled a plethora of new NAS storage innovations, such as the new Thunderbolt 2-compatible NAS, an M.2 SSD NASbook, the Enterprise ZFS NAS with dual active controllers, and many new features including network-defined Virtual JBOD, QPulse unified remote server management, Linux Station, and Hybrid Backup Sync. QNAP also joined Seagate and WD to demonstrate QNAP NAS solutions with a variety of HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216j Now Available

Synology has announced the availability of the DS216j, a 2-bay NAS powered by a dual-core CPU with FPU and designed for home media streaming, file sharing and backup. The DS216j’s use of FPU speeds up thumbnail generation and is quoted to deliver file transfer speeds of 112.75MB/s read and 97.6MB/s writes when configured in RAID1. The main difference between the DS216j and the DS216 is mainly the CPU frequency, which boasts 1.0GHz and 1.3GHz, respectively.

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by Alexandra Haskell

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Review

Western Digital released the My Cloud EX2 Ultra in early February. This high performance 2-bay NAS comes with a few added benefits in comparison to its predecessor, the My Cloud EX2. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra gives you secure access to your files remotely and provides a simplistic platform for syncing and sharing content across computers. With multiple back-up options, this NAS has everything you’ll need for the home office or small business.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS Now available

Western Digital has updated its prosumer portfolio with the high-performing 2-bay My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS, an update to the My Cloud EX2. WD’s new storage solution is designed for creative professionals that need to automatically sync content across computers, easily share files and folders, and need multiple backup options.

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