It’s time for Black Friday deals and that includes some NAS models from leading brands like Synology, QNAP, and TerraMaster. It’s worth holding off for this period since prices can drop considerably, allowing you to purchase the same NAS models but at a lower price.
Best Black Friday NAS Deals
TerraMaster F2-210 — $23 off
The F2-210 from TerraMaster is ideal if you’re just starting out, are looking for an inexpensive NAS or need one that can ahndle the basics, including file storage. It’s got an ARM processor, which is good enough for basic NAS functionality. 1GB RAM, and two drive bays.
Armed with two bays, a mediocre ARM processor, 1GB RAM, and a great price make this an excellent entry-model for NAS beginners.
$150 $22 Off
TerraMaster F2-221 — $46 off
The F2-221 from TerraMaster is the next step up from the F2-210, sporting an improved Intel processor, 2GB RAM (expandable up to 4GB), and the same two bay design with stunning aluminum chassis. It’s a slight jump in price, but you can do a whole lot more with this NAS set up and ready to go.
The F2-221 from TerraMaster is a great NAS for those looking for a budget server with an Intel processor.
$246 $46 Off
TerraMaster F2-421 — $50 off
The F2-421 from TerraMaster is where things get a little interesting. This NAS comes with an Intel Apollo 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM (expandable up to 8GB), and improved trnasfer speeds to the two available drive bays. This is a NAS that allows you to get into streaming and transcoding 1080p content, as well as 4K movies that don’t require format switching.
Need a NAS with a little more oomph? This F2-421 from TerraMaster houses quite the budget-friendly CPU for your advanced NAS tasks.
$330 $49 Off
Synology DS1817 — $70 off
This thing is a monster for the home and small office. The Synology DS1817 allows you to throw in eight drives for massive amounts of storage capacity. Upgradable RAM allows you to install up to 8GB, you get two Gigabit ports with link aggregation support, and even the potential for a further 10 drives with two DX517 expansion units.
If you need to store massive amounts of data with redundancy, the DS1817 has eight drive bays for enhanced capacity with the potential for a further 10 with two expansion units.
$850 $70 Off
QNAP TS-453BT3-8G-US — $82 off at Dell
This NAS from QNAP may seem a little expensive, but that’s because you get a lot with it. The processor is an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core clocked at 1.5GHz, it has 8GB of RAM pre-installed, supports some degree of 4K hardware transcoding and comes with dual HDMI 1.4b output. There’s even a remote!
This Intel-powered QNAP NAS has pretty much everything you need to create your own home media server. There’s a remote control, plenty of RAM and four drive bays.
$1,000 $82 Off
Netgear ReadyNAS 2304 — $100 off
This Netgear NAS is a 1U rackmount, meaning you’ll be better off grabbing this if you already have a server rack available. This four-bay NAS is great for office use, ofering a professional-grade NAS environment with leading SMB support from Netgear.
If you’re a business with a server rack, you’ll likely want to go with this Netgear 1U rackmount that’ll fit perfectly and offer some professional-grade features.
$500 $100 off
How do I pick the right NAS?
Pricking the right NAS for you depends on numerous factors, including drive bays — how many drives do you want to install or how much data will you need to store — and specifications. The latter isn’t so important if you’re on the lower-end of the NAS scale with two- and four-bay NAS models since they’re all fairly similar in capabilities and support.
Should you be starting out with your very first NAS, one of the two-bay models will suffice, with ARM or Intel processors being able to do the job. If it’s file storage and a few small services you plan on running, you’ll be good with these NAS models. For anything more advanced like running a media server, you’ll want to look at the larger and more powerful NAS offerings.
It’s important to bear in mind if the RAM can be upgraded to 8GB, just how capable the processor is (for transcoding, etc.) and what brand the NAS is from. Whether you’ve used a NAS before or not, each brand has a different OS with QNAP, Synology, and TerraMaster being regarded as the most user-friendly.
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