The Best NAS of 2016 – The Top 10 Network Attached Storage Devices this year

What are the Top 10 NAS devices of 2016?

We at NASCompares are keen on NAS. That cannot be much of a surprise. We have seen it all this fruitful year of 2016. Thunderbolt 3 on Mac, USB 3.1 Gen 2 becoming mainstream, 4K becoming more and more popular, the insanely fast Samsung 960 SSD range and more. However, when it comes down to it, we love NAS  and all NAS servers above all else. It is with this in mind that (as requested about a million times) we have made our top 10 NAS devices of 2016. We are covering everything from the most powerful NAS for those who want the best or the best, the most cost effective NAS for those that want value for money, most innovative NAS for those that think outside the box and more. All the NAS mentioned are available to buy NAS from SPAN.COM – The NAS Experts.

Where to Buy the Top 10 NAS Worldwide

The Synology DS916+ NAS £415 ex.VAT



  BEST All Round NAS of 2016

The Synology DS916+ Unboxing, Walkthrough and Talkthrough 1This NAS really came out of the blue and surprised everyone. Synology have a long running reputation with NAS but the DS916+ is fast becoming the best Synology NAS of 2016

The QNAP TS-1282T NAS £2381 ex.VAT



  Most POWERFUL NAS of 2016

The QNAP TVS-1282T-i7-32G 12-Bay (8+4 Bay) Thunderbolt 2 NAS Unboxing and Walkthrough 5If you are looking for the most powerful NAS of the year, then look no further. The TVS-1282T features upto 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a Quad-Core i7 CPU, SSD and m.2 SSD support, PCIe card support. Plus Thunderbolt 2 DAS! There is NO more powerful NAS currently available in the world to buy.

The WD My Cloud EX2 NAS £130 ex.VAT



  Best BUDGET NAS of 2016

wdfMyCloud_EX2 (4)If your money is tight and you are looking for a cheap NAS that cannot do better than the WD My Cloud EX2. Available with or Without HDDs, this NAS is the small and simple NAS that will do all the day to day tasks that you need, without hitting your budget hard.

The QNAP TS-253A NAS £270 ex.VAT



   Most INNOVATIVE NAS of 2016

211_1447722954_1If you want a NAS that will grow and evolve alongside your needs, the TS253A is the NAS for you. Featuring Dual HDMI, Quad-Core CPU, Plex Support, Virtualisation and VMWare ready, Surveillance NAS support and even a remote control, THIS is the NAS you need to buy.

The Synology DS716+II NAS £330 EX.vat



   Most POPULAR NAS of 2016

ds716+ smallEasily the most popular NAS of this year is the Synology DS716+II. With a high powered Quad-Core Intel CPU, Fluid and seemless Mac and Windows support as well as the ever growing Synology DSM Software, the DS716+II NAS is a unit that is fast becoming the best NAS ever released by Synology.

The TVS-682 NAS £900 ex.VAT



   Most Flexible NAS of 2016

The QNAP TVS-682T-i3-8G Thunderbolt 2 NAS with 10GBe, 4K HDMI, SSD Cache and more Unboxing Video with SPAN 1

Featuring the features like 3x HDMI ports, 4K Support over the network and via the HDMI 2.0 port, this NAS covers everything you are ever likely to need to expand your NAS server today, tomorrow and in 5 years time. Don;t forget the 3 tiered storage option across 4 HDD bays, 2 SSD Bays and 2 m.2 SSD Bays. This is the NAS you buy if you want to expand

The QNAP TS-451A NAS £310 ex.VAT



   Most SURPRISING NAS of 2016

The QNAP TS-451A USB 3.0 DAS and NAS Walkthrough and Talkthrough with SPAN 4

QNAP NAS has always been one to push the boundaries of NAS and they did just that with the NAS and DAS combined TS-451A. This Dual Core, 4-Bay NAS not only gives you the NAS server abilities of any QNAP, but (along with SD Card Slot and Remote control) the ability to connect the device to your host Windows or Mac via USB 3.0. No longer are you restricted by Network-only access. A real change of scene and massive innovation from QNAP NAS.

The Synology DS216J NAS £126 ex.VAT



   Best COST-EFFECTIVE NAS of 2016

The Synology DS216J NAS release 2016

At just over £100, It is easy to image this NAS Server being…well.. a bit crap! But this is one of the best home NAS devices from Synology this year and with a pretty decent Dual Core, fantastic and comprehensive software support and USB 3.0 throughout, this 2-Bay RAID enabled NAS device is a real breath of fresh air and the best cheap NAS on the market.

The Thecus N2810 PRO NAS £340 ex.VAT



   STRONGEST NAS of 2016

Thecus N2810 4k hOME nas 2-bay 2016 1

Thecus NAS have been around in NAS since the beginning of Network Attached Storage as a device for home and business. Their latest offering has really changed the game and challenged the big guys at Synology and QNAP. This Quad Core, Intel Braswell CPU has all the functionality of the Synology DS716+II and all the features and Hardware of the QNAP TS-253A. This and 4K transcoding support and more Apps than both the other two NAS companies combined means that this is a diamond in the rough and powerful home NAS to consider buying.

The Synology DS1815+ NAS £650 ex.VAT



   Best BUSINESS NAS of 2016

The Synology NAS DS1815+ with SHR RAID across 8 HDDs 2TB and 4TB

It may seem a little old and technically the DS1815+ from Synology NAS was released in 2015, but this hard-core (and indeed Quad Core) Business NAS is still very much in demand. It will handle pretty much whatever you can throw at it and then some. Alongside this you can expand the 8-Bay Synology NAS with another 10 HDD bays with two of the DX513 units…as well as being a real powerhouse fo a Plex Media Server NAS for transcoding! Still a NAS to contend with!

How and where do I sign up for Plex? How much does Plex Cost?

The Plex Application for your NAS, Mac, PC, Android device is free and available in the NAS App store, iTunes and Google Playstore at no additional cost, though the free apps, though serving as an excellent introduction, will soon feel limited and we advise that if you upgrade to the Plex Pass subscription service for vastly improved options and add-ons. To begin setting up your Plex Media Server, you will need to head over to Plex and set up your account (use the below link) so you can have all your movie, TV show, music, and photo collections at your fingertips. Anywhere you go, on the devices you love.


If however you wish to skip straight to the good stuff and set up your Plex Pass Membership immediately so you can get your Plex Media Server at 100%, use the link below to take walk you through setting up your Plex Pass today!

PLex Pass for your NAS Mac PC Android Roku Chromecast Amazon fire Media 2