SOHO NAS Reviews
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 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 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

WD My Cloud Mirror Review

The WD My Cloud Mirror is a personal dual-drive (2-bay) NAS designed specifically for mainstream consumers looking for data protection with the ability to access content anywhere from computers, tablets, and smartphones. It is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and a 1.2GHz processor to deliver file transfers and high-speed streaming to suit the needs of consumers with different use cases. The My Cloud Mirror is very similar to the SOHO focused My Cloud EX2, the core differences come down to feature set. The EX2 includes SNMP, DFS, Active Directory, iSCSI and Volume Encryption for the business set, while the Mirror is more streamlined to appeal to the typical home user.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS414j Review

The Synology DS414j is a 4-bay NAS that is aimed at small and home offices, with budget in mind. Like the other NAS servers from the “j” series, the DS414j offers a fair amount of performance for its price point. Unlike the previous entries in the "j" series, the DS414j is the first to offer a dual core CPU and a USB 3.0. The processor is a MindSpeed Comcerto2000 this time around instead of the Marvell Kirkwood that had been used in previous models. The DS414j allows cross-platform file sharing, mobile access, and features Synology's award winning OS DiskStation Manager 5.0.

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by Tucker Mindrum

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Review

The new iXsystems FreeNAS Mini is a power efficient home and small office NAS featuring an 8-core 2.4GHz Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). The Mini, which was developed with the FreeNAS community in mind, utilizes ECC RAM, which reduces its possible error rate compared to previous models. The Mini of course features all of the FreeNAS goodies like compression and optional data deduplication, which is unavailable in other NAS consoles in its class, maximizing its 16TB of storage space and eliminating superfluous reiterations. It is the most customizable (both in terms of hardware and interface) NAS in its class and its free operating system has an active developer community, producing new (and free) updates regularly. Although the FreeNAS interface is not as user-friendly as others in the Mini’s class (like Synology and QNAP), once users become familiarized it can be a very efficient system to manage with an extensive feature set and leading data reliability thanks to ZFS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214 is a 2-Bay NAS geared toward small and home offices. The DS214 is specifically designed for users that need to share files (and share files from multiple platforms) and protect data. The DS214 has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.066GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214 comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and Ethernet ports.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS214play Review

Synology’s DS214play provides 2 bays of NAS storage and its key component – video transcoding – allows users to easily convert media files to usable extensions, catering to owners of large media stores with conversion needs. The DS214play is also capable of streaming several 1080p videos across Windows, MacOS, and Linux at the same time giving the NAS a unique spot in Synology's diverse lineup. 

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