Amazon offers the Synology 2-bay DiskStation DS218+ NAS for $249.99 shipped. At $50 off the going rate, this is the first major drop we’ve tracked and is the lowest available. I love Synology NAS setups (and run one personally). The user interface is one of the best out there as it’s very intuitive and easy to use. Plus, you’ll be able to use this NAS to run your own Plex media server. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Nomad Base Station

Don’t forget to fill your brand new NAS with hard drives. We’d recommend starting with either Western Digital’s Red or Blue lineup. The Red series of drives are more geared toward a NAS while Blue is more budget-friendly, but either would be perfect for beginners.

Synology DiskStation 218+ features:

  • 2GB DDR3L-1866 memory (expandable up to 6GB)
  • Power Recovery
  • Dual-core processor with AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • Encrypted sequential throughput performance at over 113 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing
  • Advanced Btrfs file system offering 65,000 system-wide snapshots and 1,024 snapshots per shared folder
  • Live transcoding of up to two concurrent H.265/H.264 4K video streaming
  • Ultra Performance: 113 MB/s encrypted reading, 112 MB/s encrypted writing

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