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

QNAP TS-x31 Series Turbo NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, the TS0x31 can be used as a network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment.  It also provides an affordable high-performance solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup with an to an easy-to-use cloud-based note-taking application and a wide range of multimedia functions. The TS-x31 series are available in 1, 2, and 4-bay models.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS415+ Released

Synology has released the DS415+, a faster and more secure network attached storage successor to the DS412+. The DS415+ is powered by DiskStation Manager and is designed for small and medium-sized business users who require high performance throughput and safety for data sharing and backup.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP TS-451 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-451 NAS is a high performance NAS for small offices and personal use. It comes with a 2.41GHz dual core Intel Celeron processor, 1GB of DDR3L RAM (expandable up to 8GB), up to 20TB of capacity (5TB HDD x 4), and all kinds of connectivity including two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two LAN Gigabit ports, and something a little different for NASs, an HDMI port. The NAS runs QNAP's latest OS for their NAS line, QTS 4.1. The device supports multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX) and allows cross-platform file sharing and can be remotely accessed from multiple devices. The TS-451 boasts speeds of 224MB/s sequential read and 216MB/s sequential write while posting encryption speeds of 68MB/s both sequential read and write.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces The DS115j Single-Bay NAS

Today Synology America Corp. announced the DS115j NAS. The DS115j is a single bay NAS and one of the most economical NAS units on the market. The DS115j runs Synology's award winning OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS415play NAS Review

The Synology DS415play is a 4-bay NAS for the media enthusiast. Like its smaller sister, the DS214play, the DS415play comes with video transcoding, that allows users to convert media files to usable extensions. The DS415play looks almost identical to the DS414 but it comes with a total capacity of 24TB, an Intel Atom dual core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and plenty of external ports, three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0, to connect and power multiple peripheral devices at the same time. The DS415play has four hot-swappable, tool-less drive bays accessed through the front of the device. And the DS415play uses Synology’s award winning DiskStation Manager OS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate NAS (2-bay) Review

The Seagate 2-bay NAS, along with the recently reviewed 4-bay configuration, is part of Seagate's latest NAS line release. The Seagate NAS line is aimed at small or home offices without dedicated IT resources. It includes a Marvell 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and ships with Seagate NAS HDDs for a maximum capacity of 10TB (users can choose to receive their NAS drive-less or equipped with two 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, or 5TB drives). All hardware, software, and drives are made by Seagate allowing all parts of the NAS to work together seamlessly. Unlike its larger sibling, the 2-bay NAS only has a few RAID options (RAID0 and RAID1, with a JBOD option) but comes preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate NAS (4-bay) Review

The Seagate NAS line is a 2 or 4-bay NAS designed for SOHO users and small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The Seagate NAS comes with a Marvell 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 ram, and can run up to 20TB in capacity. The NAS also comes with Seagate’s new operating system, NAS OS 4 and ships with Seagate 5TB NAS HDDs. Having all of the software, hardware, and drives made by Seagate enables the system to work together seamlessly. The NAS come preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS414slim Review

The Synology DiskStation DS414slim is a direct replacement for the DiskStation DS411slim that we reviewed about three years ago. It is a 1.2GHz 4-bay SOHO NAS optimized to be as compact as possible while still providing ample storage and modern features. It houses 2.5" drives and can accommodate a maximum of 6TB through four 1.5TB SSDs. At first glance it is almost identical to the DS411slim; it has the same dimensions and general layout. However, users can look forward to new USB 3.0 connectivity and a few new features.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS415play Announced

Synology has announced the DS415play, a four-bay successor to the two-bay DS214play. The DS415play is the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, delivers full 1080p HD video to virtually any media-streaming device, and comes with DiskStation Manager (DSM 5.0), allowing it act as a multimedia hub for any household.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x51 Series And UX-500P and UX-800P Expansion Enclosures Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and home users, which includes the 2-bay TS-251, 4-bay TS-451, 6-bay TS-651, and 8-bay TS-851. Also announced are two economical tower storage expansion enclosure companions, the UX-500P and UX-800P. The TS-x51 series is equipped with a Dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor, 1GB of energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports dual LAN ports that boast upwards of 220MB/s for both read and write speeds all the while maintaining smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming.

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