The Synology DS418J 4 Bay Cost Effective NAS is finally revealed at Computex

Synology uncover another Desktop NAS for 2017 and 2018 – The Synology DS418J NAS

For almost a decade Synology have been pioneering the world of Network Attached Storage and I think it safe to say that they are in the top tier of go-to brands fort both home and business alike. Over the last 5 of those years, Synology have been diversifying their range of NAS devices, not just by number of HDD bays, but by defining NAS devices into multiple series. Now at Computex, Synology have unveiled the latest NAS to join the home and SMB Market.

This new 4-Bay, the Synology DS418J NAS server, is part of their J, or Basics Series. We have already seen a number of NAS devices released in their pro-sumer range (the DS918+, DS718+ and DS1817+ to name but a few), but this is the first of a 2017/18 NAS in the Synology J series to be released.


What is the Difference between the Synology SE, J, Play, Plus and XS NAS?

The Synology NAS family spreads out pretty wide, even if you are just focusing on the Desktop NAS range. The new DS418J Synology NAS is not the first 4 Bay NAS to join the J series and will almost certainly not be the last, but what is the difference between them? It is important to know, as each range is catered towards a different intended use. Sure all of them can do the basic NAS tasks of file sharing, low level media play and access the Synology DSM operating system – but anything more demanding that that and you are better served looking at the key below:

Synology SE – Designed for VERY low level NAS use. Tiny files, no media, basic syncing that can be done overnight.

Synology J – Low level media, basic file transfers, Windows and Mac system image back up, 1-5 users

Synology + – Mid Range all-rounder providing great media support in HD and occasionally 4K, 1-50 users, surveillance and VMware for SMB

Synology Play – Best for Media, designed for streaming HD and 4K Natively as well as medium file and backup syncing

Synology XS – Enterprise, mazimum users, 5 year replacement warranty, top end media and file transmissions, 10GBe and enterprise use


What are the Specs of the Synology DS418J NAS?

Details are still rather thin on the ground and we at NASCompares will of course update you with more as we get it, but currently the specs are (apart from one important point about the memory) are very similar indeed to the Synology DS416J. They are

  • Runs on a Dual Core ARM A53 1.4GHz 64 Bit architecture CPU
  • Non expandable 1GB DDR4 Memory – a BIG step up from the DDR3 on the previous unit, and twice the size too
  • Compatible with the latest hard drives, such as the WD Red 10TB and Seagate Ironwolf 10TB NAS HDD
  • Suitable for Surveillance, supporting 16 IP Cameras and arrives with 2 Licences
  • Uses the old DS416J Chassis, with excellent ventilation throughout
  • Price to be confirmed but most likely in line with the predecessor, so around £220+ ex.VAT
  • 2x USB 3.0 Ports on the rear
  • Dual Rear mounted, fully controllable fans

The Synology DS418J 4-bay Cost Effective