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 Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-453A 4-Bay NAS Review

QNAP's new QTS-Linux combo NAS provides a unique feature set that is geared towards forward-thinking SOHO users, storage enthusiasts, and IoT (Internet of Things) developers. By supporting the open-source platform that Linux embodies, QNAP has taken steps towards integrating private servers with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and smart devices. Besides its IoT features, the TS-453A is a fully functioning 4-bay private server that utilizes all of QNAP's QTS applications, empowering users to easily virtualize their storage operations.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS216+ Review

The Synology DS216+ is equipped with high-quality components and two drive bays giving it a unique appeal to performance-minded users that don't necessarily need a huge storage pool. That being said, users can still enjoy up to 16TB of storage (using two 8TB HDDs), which is certainly enough capacity for the home user and at least through the beginning stages of smaller businesses. Synology has also designed the DS216+ to make the installation of hard drives quick and easy, as it uses a screw-less bays with hot-swappable support to eliminate the need for any tools.

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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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