Synology Updates Consumer Lineup

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[Financial Disclosure: This is a press release for Synology’s new consumer Diskstation lineup. I was not compensated for re-publishing here, but since they have been generous in providing me loaner and demo equipment in the past, I figured it was the least I could do.]

Synology excited to share with you that today Synology is unveiling three new additions to our DiskStation lineup: DS118, DS218play, and DS218j!

DS118 is the successor of DS116. It features a new 64-bit quad-core CPU and 1GB DDR4 memory and delivers sequential throughput performance at over 113 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing. The excellent performance makes DS118 a good backup solution for small office users. DS118 also supports 4K 10-bit H.265 hardware video transcoding, allowing 4K videos to be instantly converted and played on your TV, smartphone, or other media players that originally do not support Ultra HD formats.


DS218play is the successor of DS216play. DS218play is also powered by a new 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1GB DDR4 memory. It features massive storage capacity for housing your entire multimedia library and more, making it easy for multimedia enthusiasts to maintain complete control over their data. DS218play also reaches similar performance numbers of 112 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing; while also supporting real-time single channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD or single channel full HD video transcoding.


DS218j is the replacement of our best-selling DS216j. With a faster dual-core processor, DS218j delivers sequential throughput at over 113 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing, which fully utilizes the bandwidth the 1GbE LAN port. DS218j is designed for home and personal users as a versatile storage server that runs 24/7 with low power consumption.

All three DiskStations are available starting today through various online resellers and retailers such as Amazon. With MSRP’s of $179.99 for DS118, $229.99 for DS218play, and $169.99 for DS218j, each unit provides users an affordable option if they want to create their own private cloud.

Full Press Release:

Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS218play, DS218j, and DS118

Next-level data storing experience with powerful solutions for home and small offices

BELLEVUE, Wash.—October 26, 2017—Synology® Inc. today launched DS218play, DS218j, and DS118, three feature-rich NAS servers with media streaming, file sharing, and data backup features perfect for home and small offices.

DS218play is equipped with a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with a hardware encryption engine and 1 GB RAM, delivering encrypted sequential reading/writing throughput at over 110 MB/s. Powered by a hardware transcoding engine, DS218play supports real-time single channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD or single channel full HD video transcoding. This enables users to enjoy videos on the go with no device limits.

DS218j features a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor with a hardware encryption engine and 512 MB RAM, delivering sequential reading throughput at over 113 MB/s and writing throughput at over 112 MB/s. DS218j allows users to experience faster data access while achieving energy efficiency with its eco-friendly design, consuming only 17.48 W during peak usage and 7.03 W when hibernating.

DS118 is a new 1-bay tower, equipped with a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. With its hardware encryption engine, DS118 offers encrypted sequential reading/writing throughput at over 110 MB/s. DS118 is an ideal storage solution that comes with data backup and transfer features that allow users to access data from any location, while supporting 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding on the fly.

“These three home storage solutions are built to be the best multimedia library for users who love taking photos and videos to capture every important moment with their family and friends.” said Katarina Shao, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “With versatile add-on packages, the three NAS models are also excellent choices for small studio owners who are seeking better productivity during work hours.”

DS218play, DS218j, and DS118, run on DiskStation Manager (DSM), one of the most advanced and intuitive operating systems that offers a wide range of applications including multimedia, file sharing, and productivity tools for network-attached storage devices. The latest DSM 6.2 beta is also now available to install on these models. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as PC Mag Readers’ Choice for seven years in a row.

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