The news that Synology has a new 8-Bay solution for the end of 2020 was met by a mostly positive response when it was first revealed in mid-November, as the 8-Bay tier of the companies portfolio has always been a popular one. At 8-Bays of storage, you can get to grips with a solid quantity of drives, as well as have sufficient media to saturate a 10Gbe connection (though you will need an upgraded NIC of course). Buying a new piece of hardware is always a mixture of excitement and nervous trepidation – the keenness to get a new solution up and running in your home/business to improve things, mixed with the concern to make sure it is absolutely the best choice (#buyersremorse). With Synology revising their network-attached storage (NAS) hardware every few years (in order to better host their software and your data) many people looking to buy a new NAS drive will be stuck on whether to buy the brand new release from the brand or potentially save some cash and buy the older generation. In the case of the newly revealed DS1821+ NAS, we find a solution that improves on its predecessor, the DS1819+, in a number of very noticeable ways and there are lots of reasons why it will seem like an obvious choice between the two. However, that is not necessarily the be-all-end-all and in fact, there are numerous ways in which the older DS1819+ NAS can still hold the high ground. So today, I want to compare the DS1821+ and DS1819+ NAS from Synology and find out which one deserves your data. We will be looking at Price, Hardware, Performance and Storage. Let’s go.
Synology DS1821+ vs DS1819+ NAS – Price and Value
Given the 2-year release difference between the DS1819+ NAS (2018) and DS1821+ (2020), you would expect the price difference to be a great deal bigger than it actually is. Most technology becomes more efficient as time wears on and given the hardware improvements that have been made between these two NAS in that 29 months, I am surprised how close the price tags actually are.
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