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Synology DS415play Review

Rating: 8.0.

The latest release from Synology’s enormous range of NAS is the DS415play. This 4-bay NAS looks pretty much identical to the DS414 (review) however it includes the features we saw in the DS214play (review). In essence this means the dual core ARM processor in the DS414 has been replaced with a dual core Intel Atom to ensure the DS415play has enough grunt to stream HD media across a network.
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Synology DS415play highlighted features:

  • Up to 24TB personal Multimedia Bank
  • Four drive bays
  • 1080p Full HD Video Transcoding on the fly
  • Concurrent multi-channel streaming
  • DLNA certified media server
  • 1.6GHz dual core CPU with floating point
  • Over 112.45MBps reading
  • Over 101.21MBps writing
  • Synology DSM 5.0 software

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  • Rhodri ‘Wacky’ Metcalfe-Davies

    No HDMI on a nas as a con? and using the web interface to upload and download files instead of samba? I get the feeling the reviewer doesnt fully understand using a nas as a nas.

  • mizkitty

    Using your web browser to test the transfer speed seems pretty strange…
    You also seem to forgotten about a little invention called TV. Who cares about transcoding video for your phone?
    I want a Plex server that can transcode and send 1080p to any streaming device in the house…Roku, Android TV box, WDTV, etc.

  • Mohammed Shawqi

    Confirm in the plex forum with the compatability with the 415play, i read somewhere (but unsure about it) that plex doesnt yet support the hardware transcoding on this model .