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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST NAS OF 2019

Almost every system will boot from a super-fast SSD and almost everyone uses cloud storage these days, but there’s still a huge market for a secure, mass storage system within your home or office. NAS products offer a variety of features and options – at a range or price points. Check our recommendations, before buying.

QNAP TS-1677X-16G 16-Bay - The Ultimate NAS

It may cost almost £3000, but QNAP's TS-1677X-16G 16-Bay NAS is the best we have come across. It boasts a Ryzen 7 1700  CPU alongside 16GB of DDR4 memory, with support for up to 168TB of storage. When you factor in the dual 10Gb Ethernet and excellent QTS software, this really is the NAS of our dreams. It doesn't come cheap, but it has pretty much every feature we could possibly want.

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QNAP TVS-1282-i7-64G 12-bay

The TVS-1282-i7-64G 12-bay NAS from QNAP is powered by a i7-7700 processor alongside 64GB of DDR4 memory, while it can support up to 96TB of storage. On top of that, there are three PCIe Gen 3 slots, a single x8 and a pair of x4, with support for various add-in cards such as QNAP's QM2 cards, 10GbE networking and 12G SAS expansion cards, or you could even throw in a dedicated graphics card. It's certainly expensive, but it will almost certainly cater to every need a SMB might have.

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QNAP TS-877 (TS-877-1700-16G) 8-bay

QNAP makes it three in a row on our top 5, with its TS-877 (TS-877-1700-16G). It's another NAS using a Ryzen processor, while its 6 hard drive bays can offer up to 72TB of HDD space, and there's also room for an additional two 2.5in SSD drives. If you fancy, the spare PCIe x8 slots even supports a range of Nvidia graphics cards. It's another great option for an SMB owner, or even the serious home user.

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QNAP TS-328 3-bay

More sensibly priced is QNAP's TS-328. This 3-bay NAS looks practically miniature compared to some other units on this list, but it still supports up to 36TB of storage space. It's powered by the Realtek RTD1296 quad-core CPU running at 1.4GHz, and there's also 2GB DDR4 - a combination that is easily able to handle day-to-day operations. In a nutshell, it's a top NAS if you want increased data protection over a 2-bay, but don't want to splash out on a 4-bay NAS.

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Synology DiskStation DS918+ 4-bay

Synology's DiskStation DS918+ is a 4-bay NAS which can support up to 48TB of storage space. It's powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 processor which sits alongside 4GB DDR3L memory, and perhaps surprisingly there's even two M.2 SSD slots in the base of the NAS for high speed caching purposes. It's another great option to have if you don't need masses upon masses of drive bays.

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