Synology DS918+ Review
August 7, 2018

It’s the only NAS you will ever need.

Synology has been making some of the best networking devices to date and that includes its current line of Network Attached Storage (NAS) products. The DS918+ is a high-end model powered by a quad-core processor coupled with a generous 4 GB of RAM for the most optimal performance.

Form the outside, the fine matte finish of the exterior is what you’d immediately notice on the DS918+. There’s no LCD, but simple LED lights tell you of the device’s status when in operation. On the rear, you’ll find a generous assortment of input ports including USB 3.0 at the back and at the front along with dual Ethernet ports and an eSATA port. There 4 bays on the DS918+ that easily slides out so you can add or removes in just a couple of seconds.

The DS918+’s hardware is also expandable, where you can add extra NVMe 2280 M.2 SSDs that the NAS can use as a cache to boost speed. Along with that, you can even increase the RAM to 8 GB or use the eSATA port to connect Synology’s expansion unit or any hard disk/SSD that you may have.

The main DS918+ unit can support up to 48 TB – but with that expansion, it can support up to a whopping 108 TB.

Getting this NAS means you have access to Synology’s suite of apps to get more out of the DS918+. This includes Synology Drive, Synology Chat and even Synology Office that are all great alternatives to Google’s own G Suite that runs natively on the NAS.

Security-wise, there is a hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption available including two-factor authentication for more secure logins. The DS918+ can also connect to cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Of course, this NAS can also function as a media server since it supports streaming for full HD and 4K content.

Using the DS918+ from setting it up to configuration was hassle-free. I’ve set it up as my media server at home and it streams my movie library without a hitch – from simple 720p videos all up to 4K.

Transferring big files wasn’t an issue if it was one big file, but if you try to transfer a big folder with multiple files on it chances are it might slow it down a little.

Other than that tiny quip the Synology DS918+ still doesn’t disappoint and ranks as one of our favorite NAS devices.

We Love:

+ Great design

+ Quiet operation

We Hate:

– Performance could be faster

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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