While many storage appliances that run through the lab are focused towards prosumers and small business, there are a few that are aimed at budget-minded consumers. Synology has dedicated the "play" lineup to this cause producing full-featured appliances without the extra cost and at times a little less horsepower under the hood.
Such is the case with the appliance in house today; the DS216play is built upon a relatively new platform that I have yet to see in any other appliance. Of course, that doesn't mean this NAS is any less capable as Synology does claim this unit can handle real-time 4K transcoding and performance numbers in the realm of 107 MB/s read and 91 MB/s write.
Diving into the specifications of the DS216play, we find the brain of the operation at the top of the list, the ST Microelectronics STiH412. This SoC operates at 1.5GHz and boasts two ARM Cortex A9 cores with 1GB of DDR3 RAM.
Maximum internal capacity is listed at 16TB using 8TB HDDs while external connectivity includes both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports along with a single gigabit Ethernet port. With this NAS solution being part of Synology's value lineup, the price certainly matches up as this two-bay DS216play appliance carries an MSRP of $249.99 with a two-year warranty.
PRICING: You can find the Synology DS216play Two-Bay Consumer NAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Synology DS216play Two-Bay Consumer NAS retails for $269 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Synology DS216play Two-Bay Consumer NAS retails for £193 at Amazon UK.
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