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✅ TOP 5: Best NAS Drive 2020

November 13, 2019


Are you looking for the best NAS? In this video we’ll break down the top NAS
options available whilst comparing them for price versus performance. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best NAS options on the market, we have included links in the description for each
product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budget
range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Synology
5 Bay NAS DiskStation DS1019+. The new Synology 5 Bay DiskStation DS1019+
makes for an impressive consumer-grade NAS (diskless), built and designed to deliver
an impressive multimedia experience to home-users and beyond. And by beyond, we mean that the Synology DS1019+
would also fit perfectly small business environments as well. There are many things to like about this device:
the 5 drive bay, which provides plenty of RAID solutions, awesome speed due to its state
of the art NVM cache storage, a rather fast Celeron J3455 quad-core processor clocked
at 1.5 GHz, not to mention the powerful SoC, that boasts 8 GB of DDR3l memory in dual channel. On top of that, you’ll get 2x m.2. 2280 slots, a cool feature which allows you
to create NVME SSDs (cache based that is) without actually using any of the 5 drive
slots. The DS1019+ has a maximum capacity of 70 GB,
provided you use 14 GB disks, and due to its DS Video/Video Station feature, can encode/decode/transcode
h264 and h265, which means this is the perfect tool for streaming 4K if one so inclined. Finally, being a Synology product, this NAS
comes with excellent apps, including Synology Drive, Office, Music Station, Chat, Moments,
Active Backup and File station, to name just a few. At number 2 we have the WD Diskless My Cloud
Pro Series PR4100. The WD Diskless My Cloud Pro Series PR4100
is a very interesting choice if you’re looking for the best NAS for Plex and transcoding,
as it offers an excellent mixture of performance and value. Basically, if you’re into “the best bang
for the buck” kind of thing, the WD Diskless My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 should rank high
on your shopping list. Also, this NAS is great for content creators/creative
professionals looking for affordable and high-performance backup solutions. In this regard, the Western Digital My Cloud
Pro Series makes for a storage device with a brain. And speaking of brain, the PR4100 is powered
by a quad-core Pentium N3710 processor and comes with 4GB of DDR3L RAM, which is actually
upgradable to a whopping 16 GB. This alone is a relatively unique feature,
as most NAS devices do not offer upgradeable RAM modules. To sum it up, hardware wise, the PR4100 really
shines and punches way above its price. At number 3 we have the QNAP TS-453Be-2G-US. The QNAP TS-453Be-2G-US is a 4-Bay versatile
and future proof NAS if it ever was one, due to its Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-core
CPU SoC, which supports hardware encryption. On top of that, you’ll get 4 GB of RAM and,
connectivity-wise, SATA 6G, 2xGbE, and a PCIe slot for 10GbE or 2 more Gbe. Here’s more tech-porn for you: this baby
supports 4K hardware transcoding, dual 4K HDMI V1. 4B, multimedia viewing on HDTV via
HDMI output and 4K media playback and online transcoding. To make a long story short, the QNAP TS-453Be-2G-US
is a high-end NAS, which is the perfect tool for a small office or for your IoT empowered
home. The PCIe slot allows you to add a SSD caching
solution for faster networking, which confers this unit future-proofing, along with improved
overall performance. Basically, the QNAP TS-453Be-2G-US makes for
an updated version of the already great S-453B, but it’s aimed at budget-conscious users. Essentially, this NAS is a mini PC of sorts
which is capable of running a wide range of services like virtual machines and different
programs on its custom OS. At number 4 we have the Zyxel NAS540. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense and
affordable NAS, the Zyxel NAS540 would be best described as “the final solution”. Jokes aside, this device is marketed as a
personal cloud storage server, as the NAS540 features remote access and media streaming,
along with 4 bays with hot-swappable HDD support, and a maximum capacity of 24 GB (6×4). On top of that, you’ll get 3 USB 3.0 Ports,
Two Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 connectors and a One-touch copy/sync button. There’s nothing fancy about the Zyxel NAS540,
but strong specs and decent hardware, everything at an affordable price. Basically, this is as good as it gets in terms
of affordable and compact desktop storage gear, everything doubled by an uncluttered
and clean design. Despite being an older model, the NAS540 really
does a good job performance wise due to its dual-core Freescale FS1024 processor clocked
at 1.2 GHz, helped by 1 GB of RAM (fixed). At number 5 we have the Drobo 5N2 (DRDS5A21). Here comes another “beyond RAID” NAS system,
the Drobo 5N2 respectively, featuring 5 bays, 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 64 TB maximum
capacity. The new 5N2 NAS comes with a number of interesting
features, such as at a glance storage monitoring, mixed drive size utilization and SSD cache. The UI design is as user-friendly as humanly
possible, the drive compatibility is stellar, and the cherry on top is the internal battery
that comes handy in case of power failure, i.e. it protects against user data loss. If you are wondering about OS support, the
Drobo 5N2 works on Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, along with Apple macOS X 10.10 and higher. At number 6 we have the NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN422. Next in line, we have the ReadyNAS RN422 from
NETGEAR, a 2-Bay diskless device, yet built to last and lightning fast. Generally speaking, NETGEAR shines in this
regard, as they’re known for their super-fast and well-built NAS boxes, and if you take
a closer look at their direct competitors, the likes of Synology and QNAP, you’ll understand
that the ReadyNAS RN422 is quite affordable compared to its business-grade siblings. So, if you’re looking for a high-performance
business-grade NAS, this one may suit you like a glove. Under the hood, you’ll find an Intel Atom
Processor C3338 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and 2 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for
both business environments and media streaming. Even if the ReadyNAS RN422 is aimed at enterprise
first and foremost, it also performs great as a backup on a home network or for media
streaming, due to its strong hardware. And for our final pick at number 7 we have
the Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation DS218+. Last but not least, we have another Synology
NAS, the 2 bay NAS DiskStation DS218+ respectively. To make a long story short, if you’re looking
for one of the best NAS for home-use out there, this baby may very well fit the bill. To begin with, the DS218+ is relatively affordable,
and due to the hardware inside, it’s crazy fast and comes with lots of features, including
upgradeable RAM, hardware encryption acceleration and an intuitive and well-designed user interface. On top of great design and strong hardware,
the DS218+ offers plenty of backup/syncing options, plus a plethora of mobile apps for
file management, media streaming and more. So that sums up our top NAS options of 2020. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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1 Comment

  • Reply Tom Meirmans November 12, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    D1019+ 70gb don't you mean tb, LOT home iot home and these are Just the things i want to mention you really don't have a clue

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