For those wanting to get into NAS, the Synology DS220j represents a substantial value as both a personal cloud device and platform for mass storage. With two bays, the DS220j has the ability to offer 32TB of capacity across 16TB drives, and even more in the future as drive capacity expands.
Even better, with its low cost of entry, the $179.99 MSRP offers a window for consumers to enter a robust NAS ecosystem that has the ability to upgrade as your data needs multiply.
In testing, the DS220j was quickly able to push to the limits of Gigabit ethernet, something we see more and more as CPU power increases, even in these mainstream solutions. Sequential read and write topped 118 MB/s in single client and sequential workloads. SMB Workloads showed substantial capability reaching over 10K IOPS, with SSDs none the less.
The price of this platform is simply fantastic. At $179.99, it may be the lowest cost two-bay platform on the market. Comparable solutions would be the ASUSTOR AS1002T or TS228 from QNAP, both Marvell platforms.
Last updated: Apr 23, 2020 at 11:39 am CDT
The Bottom Line
As an entry-level platform, the DS220j provides a low-cost solution for those wanting to get their feet wet in a solid NAS ecosystem.