After shopping around for Network Attached Storage (NAS) units, you may have decided on Synology as a brand. That’s only the first step, as the company offers an extensive collection of NAS boxes, depending on what you need.
I’m going to run you through a few things to make choosing the right model that little bit easier.
Breaking down the numbers
Some units from Synology may have a suffix at the end that shows a unique or more capable system. Here are a few examples such suffixes:
- se – Budget-friendly option.
- j – Affordable option for home use.
- play – Usually has a more powerful processor for better transcoding.
- + – Sports an Intel processor.
- +II – The same model as the “+” but with a newer processor.
A DS218+II would be a DiskStation NAS with a newer generation of Intel processor. The DS218j, on the other hand, would contain less powerful internals but command a more affordable price.
Then you have the DS420+, which is part of the 2020 catalog. Unless stated otherwise, NAS listings usually do not come with hard drives. So you’ll need to factor purchasing these into the final price. We’ve got a few guides available on choosing the best hard drives for a NAS.