by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStations DS416, DS216play, and DS216se Now Available

Synology has just released a new slate of DiskStations: the DS416, DS216play, and DS216se, each of which satisfies a particular use case and application. The DS416 is a 4-bay NAS and the company’s newest feature-rich and high-performance device optimized for businesses and homes, while the 2-bay DS216play is a multimedia-optimized, high-value NAS server ready for 4K UHD transcoding. The DS216se is a more budget-friendly NAS, which allows users to create their own personal cloud.

DS416

Synology has built the DS416 to address the growing need of efficient and encrypted storage and is specifically designed for SMB and home users who require a significant amount of storage without having to go deep within their IT budget. It comes equipped with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU that has a dedicated hardware encryption engine, 1GB RAM, and two LAN ports. This allows the DS416 to reach quoted transfer speeds up to 221.05MB/s in reads and over 139.51MB/s in writes configured in RAID5 under a Windows environment. In addition, the DS416 offers fast encrypted data transmission, with Synology claiming speeds up to 146.5 MB/s read and 65.85MB/s write.

The DS416 also comes with three USB 3.0 ports, including one on the front panel, for convenient backup and transfer. The disk trays have the usual Synology hot swappable and tool-less design as well as network, fan, and drive redundancies.

DS416 Main Specifications

  • CPU Model: Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212
  • CPU Frequency: Dual Core 1.4 GHz
  • Floating Point   
  • Hardware Encryption Engine      
  • Memory
  • System Memory: 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage
    • Drive Bay(s): 4
    • Compatible Drive Type 
      • 3.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II SSD
  • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 32 TB (8 TB HDD X 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
  • Maximum Single Volume Size:16 TB
  • Hot Swappable Drive     
  • External Ports
  • USB 3.0 Port: 3
  • File System
    • Internal Drives EXT4
    • External Drives
      • EXT4
      • EXT3
      • FAT
      • NTFS
      • HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
    • Size (Height X Width X Depth): 165 mm X 203 mm X 233.2 mm
    • Weight: 2.04 kg

DS216play

The DS216play features real-time 1080p H.264 and 4K H.265 Ultra HD video transcoding capabilities, which allow users to effectively stream 4K digital TV and movies to digital media players, mobile handsets, TVs, and computers; all without the need of installing a 3rd party video player.

The DS216play comes equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, and is quoted to boast an average of 107MB/s in reads and 91MB/sec for writes when configured in RAID1 under a Windows environment. Its built-in floating point unit adds to the user experience while its energy efficient design consumes only 15 watts in access and 6.8 watts during disk hibernation.

DS216play Main Specifications

  • CPU Model: STM STiH412
  • CPU Frequency: Dual Core 1.5 GHz
  • Floating Point   
  • Hardware Transcoding Engine: H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1, Maximum resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160), Maximum FPS: 30
  • Memory
  • System Memory: 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage
    • Drive Bay(s): 2
    • Compatible Drive Type 
      • 3.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II SSD
    • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 16 TB (8 TB HDD X 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
    • Maximum Single Volume Size: 16 TB
  • External Ports
    • USB 2.0 Port: 1
    • USB 3.0 Port: 1
  • File System
    • Internal Drives: EXT4
    • External Drives
      • EXT4
      • EXT3
      • FAT
      • NTFS
      • HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
  • Size (Height X Width X Depth): 165 mm X 100 mm X 225.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.88 kg

DS216se

The energy efficient and budget-friendly DS216se is Synology’s direct predecessor to their previous DS214se NAS released a few years ago. The DS216se is designed to offer users a way to create their own cloud as well as a full-featured file server. In addition, the NAS is quoted to deliver an average of over 102MB/s in reads and over 59MB/s in writes when configured in RAID1 under a Windows environment. The built-in floating-point unit improves the overall capability of the main CPU and helps to speed up thumbnail creation when uploading large amounts of media files.

DS215se Main Specifications

  • CPU Model: Marvell Armada 370 88F6707
  • CPU Frequency: 800 MHz
  • Floating Point   
  • Hardware Encryption Engine      
  • Memory
  • System Memory: 256 MB DDR3
  • Storage
    • Drive Bay(s): 2
    • Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives)            
      • 3.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
      • 2.5" SATA III / SATA II SSD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
    • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 16 TB (8 TB HDD X 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
    • Maximum Single Volume Size: 16 TB
  • External Ports
    • USB 2.0 Port: 2
  • File System
    • Internal Drives: EXT4
    • External Drives
      • EXT4
      • EXT3
      • FAT
      • NTFS
      • HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
  • Size (Height X Width X Depth): 165 mm X 100 mm X 225.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.87 kg

DS416, DS216play, DS216se all leverage the powerful DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.2, which provides its users with rich features to increase productivity and simplify tasks. You can read about its functionality in detail within all of our Synology DiskStation reviews.

Availability

The DS416, DS216play, and DS216se are now available and include a 2-year warranty. 

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