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Synology DiskStation DS218j 2-bay NAS review

Rating: 8.0.

We’ve just recently looked at the latest flagship 4-bay member of Synology’s J series of DiskStation NAS units, the DS418j. Now it’s the turn of the latest 2-bay unit of the family, the DiskStation DS218j to come under the spotlight.

Marketed as an entry level 2-bay NAS for home and personal cloud storage, the DiskStation DS218j is powered by a Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 32-bit 28nm processor which runs at 1.3GHz, 300MHz faster than the 1.0GHz version of Armada 385 that was in the previous DS216j model. The type of memory and the amount remains the same as the previous unit, that is to say 512MB of DDR3.

The DS118 supports hard drives up to and including 12TB capacities giving an overall storage capacity of 24TB, with a single volume maximum of 16TB. Synology quote Sequential Read/Write performance figures for the DS218j at 113MB/s and 112MB/s respectively.

Synology back the drive with a 2-yr warranty.

Specifications

  • 1.3GHz processor.
  • 512MB DDR3 memory.
  • Hardware encryption engine.
  • Single Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Two USB3.0 ports.

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