A New 2.5” Synology NAS Revealed – The DS419slim 4-Bay
Of all the NAS drives that have been revealed at the Synology Solutions Exhibition in Taipei, the one that left me the most puzzled was the newly revealed DS419slim 2.5” NAS 4-Bay NAS. For those that subscribe to this blog (thank you btw) or for those that follow the YouTube channel, let me stress, this is NOT the DS619slim! I have not made a typo and this isn’t a replacement for the DS619slim announced last year. This is a 2.5” 4-Bay HDD/SSD NAS that serves as the follow up to the incredibly compact DS416slim released almost 3 years ago. Although it was not as popular as some of the flagship plus series Synology NAS, it does have a place in the word of NAS storage where users need something compact, discreet, quiet and portable. So, what does the new DS419slim NAS have to offer? How does it compare with the DS416slim and what is going on with the DS619slim?
Who is the Synology DS419slim NAS for?
Anyone looking for a powerful NAS for Plex, Transcoding, business class use, VMs, moderate container use and other a tad more demanding tasks – the DS419slim is NOT for you! The DS419slim NAS from Synology is aimed at providing a NAS solution for users looking for more traditional network/internet file accessing utilities while using a NAS that is designed to use much, MUCH lower power than regular NAS. This combined with low heat generation (due to the media it supports) and therefore an extended life. Noise generated will be much lower than any other 4-Bay NAS and if you need a NAS that can be discreetly hidden or deployed in a narrow location, the DS419slim is likely to be the ideally NAS for you.
What are the hardware Specifications of the Synology DS419slim
I know a number of you reading this will not be overly impressed at the hardware specifications of the DS419slim NAS. In Synology’ defence, you are probably not the target demographic for the DS419slim. For those that owned the DS416slim, the specifications will be rather familiar (with a few tweaks to keep things modern). The hardware specifications we know so far are below, but I think this is likely to be a bot a marmite “Love it or Hate it” NAS device
- CPU: Dual-Core Armada 385 1.33GHz CPU
- Memory: 512MB
- Number of Bays: 4 Bay
- Drive Support: 2.5″ SSD/HDD
- Capacity: 20TB (Implying support of 5TB 15mm 2.5″ Drives)
- USB Ports: 3x
- Expandable Storage: No
- 1Gbe Ports: 2x
- Warranty: 2 Years
What are the Software Specifications of the Synology DS419slim NAS?
With the specifications leaning heavily towards the efficient/low resource, it will come as no surprise that you will have much more streamlined support of Synology DSM 6.2. It will certainly support a number of the key first-party applications (and given a large number of the DS416slim are used for home/small office surveillance and network backups) we can expect a good degree of support for Surveillance station and the many backup tools available for Synology (for cloud, network, NAS2NAS and more). Likewise, the NAS will support Drive and Moments, but the extent to which it will perform (perhaps clipping the wings of the AI/Deep learning/recognition of Moments somewhat) is yet to be seen. We fully expect performance to surpass that of the DS416slim, but not by a huge margin.
How does the Synology DS419slim Compare with the DS416slim NAS?
If you place this NAS drives side by side, you would be forgiven for thinking that there is almost no difference between these two NAS drives. That is perfectly fair, but one key difference is that CPU. Although in the same Marvell family, it is a higher frequency chip and has already been featured in a number of other NAS drives from Synology in the Value series. I cannot say that I will be rushing out to buy the DS419slim when it is released, but it is fair to say that any CPU increase is a good thing and at a higher frequency and yet more efficient, it is still a difference that sets it apart from the DS416slim – just wish there was a little more!
When will the Synology DS419slim NAS be Released and for how much?
The Synology DS419slim NAS was one fo the few NAS drives that Synology was rather more committal about discussing launch information on. With a release date somewhere in the next 2+ months and a price tag that is comparable to its predecessor (though a pinch higher), it might not seem like the most exciting announcement of hardware at Computex 2019, but there is always going to be a need for compact, low power NAS for data security and surveillance (the most common user case I hear is living on a houseboat or out to sea). Let us reserve full judgement until full release.