DSM 5.0 Stories July 15, 2014

Synology has announced a new model in its line of popular Network Attached Storage devices with the DS415play. An updated, 4 bay-version of the DS214play that was revealed last fall, the latest model is also designed with your home entertainment and media experience in mind. Featuring full 1080p video transcoding, the DS415play can efficiently store and beam all of your media content to your home network with fast, multi-channel streaming.

It features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom CE5335 “Evansport” CPU with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and four hot swappable 2.5 or 3.5-inch drive bays. You can pack up to 24TB of solid state or traditional hard drive storage into one of these. As for connectivity, the new DS415play has a single Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports.

It runs Synology’s latest DSM 5.0 software, which features an easy to use interface with several handy content streaming apps built right in. You can find out more about DSM and why every Mac and iOS user should have a Synology DiskStation in our full run down on 9to5Mac.¬†You can also get a better look at Synology’s hardware in general in our DiskStation review.

The DS415play has an MSRP of $539.99 and is expected to become available in US stores sometime around the end of the month. Amazon currently has it on pre-order for $540 and the older DS214play listed at $348.99 shipped (Reg. $370, within $18 of lowest).

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DSM 5.0 Stories May 29, 2014

Amazon has the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS214+) for $299.99 shipped. That’s well over $140 off the original price, about $70 off the regular selling price, $59 off the next best trusted retailers and the lowest we’ve seen this particular model go for.

Synology’s NAS solutions are an excellent way to centralize your back ups and shared assets/files in a small business or home scenario. The DS214+ features “SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Support,” Dual-Core 1.33GHz Processor, up to 8TB storage capacity and an excellent UI for managing your files known as the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM). The latest version of DSM (5.0) is available for this unit via update. You can find out more about the impressive interface in our complete run-down on 9to5Mac and more about Synology’s hardware in general in our quick review.

Amazon reviewers give this unit a 4.5/5 star rating.

Amazon is also now offering the 4.8/5 star rated Synology 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS414) DiskStation for $449 shipped , which is $50 under the regular price and the lowest we can find.

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