Best SSD Optimized NAS Drive of 2019

Top 3 NAS for SSD of the Year

NAS Drives have now become remarkably mainstream. In a year taht has seen multiple high profile data breaches and exploitation of personal data, the move for most users from the public cloud to a private NAS has been a rapid and ever-growing one. However, the advantages of a NAS drive are more than just about a pile of data on the internet/network to backup to. NAS has evolved into a fantastically equipped and evolved tool, making the switch from a client device to host. With the majority of NAS systems from companies like Synology, QNAP and more producing graphical user interfaces (GUIs), operating systems and apps that can rival those of massive OS developers, the things you can do with your data are almost unlimited. However, if you are looking at BIG tasks, with BIG data, that require BIG speeds, then chances are that you are looking at using much faster and more modern Solid State Media (SSD) in yoru NAS Drive. The majority of NAS brands understand this switch towards the quieter, faster media and for the last few years have been producing a rather niche range of SSD optimized NAS Drives. These are NAS servers that focus on 2.5″ or m.2 SSD media, rather than the noise, slower HDDs. With this focus in media, they are about to create NAS servers that are quieter, faster and less consuming in power 24×7- meaning this hardware will last long too. Much like any trending hardware idea, as soon as it becomes popular, the range becomes more diverse and this can make selecting the right SSD NAS for YOU and YOUR DATA much tougher. Not to worry, as I have gone through every single one and below are Three of the very best NAS for SSD only servers. So, whether you are looking for SPEED, looking for SILENCE, or looking for LOW POWER, the three NAS below will give you one, two or all of those. Take a look at the top 3 SSD optimized NAS of 2019.

Synology DS419slim Budget 2.5″ Optimized NAS Drive – £££

0-64TB, 4-Bays, 2x RJ45 LAN, USB 3.0, Dual-core 1.33 GHz CPU, 512MB Memory, Surveillance Station Support upto 8 Cameras £290 ex.VAT

Synology DS419slim NAS Hardware Review –

If you are looking for a NAS drive that will have little or no impact on your home or office environment in terms of power consumption, heat, noise and physically, the DS419slim from Synology is an excellent NAS drive that gives you a taste of all things that DSM can do in a modest and affordable package. As your first Synology NAS, it is hard to fault this device as it does everything that it promises, whilst not trying to overreach and leave people disappointed.

Likewise, the previous generation of slim NAS was typically deployed in discrete or compact environments and as an upgrade for those users, the DS419slim is unquestionably suitable for this kind of use. That said, with the release of the DS620slim in a matter of months, with its 6 Bays, Intel-based J3355 CPU, 2GB of memory and much more powerful DSM support, the DS419slim is a device that might give more experienced NAS or experienced techie users a bit of a low glass ceiling. The DS419slim is a decent little NAS, if slightly underpowered.



Synology DS620slim 2.5″ 15mm SSD Optimized NAS Drive £££

0-24TB, 6-Bays of 2.5″ Form Factor, 2x 1Gbe LAN, 2x USB 3.0, Intel J3355 CPU, 2/8GB Memory, Low Noise, Low Energy Consumption,  £420+ ex.VAT

Synology DS620slim NAS Hardware Review –

The DS620slim NAS drive from Synology is designed with a specific user in mind and for every 5 people that see the DS620slim, 4 of them will only see its limitations, but (for Synology) it is that one person who will think it is the answer to all of their storage problems. Think of that special pen, that unique spoon in the drawer, that teeny tiny screwdriver in your desk – in most cases, it is not fit for purpose – but it exists for that 1 job it is BRILLIANT at. It is for this reason that Synology tends to create these niche subsection devices in an already fairly niche industry subject as network-attached storage. Every user has a different hardware setup and their storage requirements may well be just as unique.

As it stands, the DS620slim is not the NAS that I need in my life right now, although I can think of several times in my career or data storage that a more portable discreet and low-impact server device such as this would have been EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. So, if this sounds like a device that you need in your environment, that is because it really is. It is very unique and in many way ones of a kind, so do not hesitate, as it still stands as one of the very best NAS devices for that particularly picky niche of NAS buyer. Maybe not for me, but maybe for you.



QNAP TBS-453DX M.2 SSD and 10Gbe NAS Drive – £££

0-16TB, 4x m.2 SSD Bays, HDMI 2.0, Intel J4105 4-Core CPU, DDR4 Memory, USB-C, 10Gbe, 1Gbe, Copper and White design, Small Internal Fan £440+ ex.VAT  

QNAP TBS-453DX NASBook Hardware Review –

I originally asked if the QNAP TBS-453DX should be considered another great box in the history of QNAP NAS in their push towards NAS innovation and change? Or is it a NAS that has flown too close to the sun? I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. The TBS-453DX from QNAP certainly provides excellent hardware at an affordable price and moreover gives it to you in good order. However, the lack of PCI-e or multiple LAN ports will be a bitter pill for some to swallow who are considering the TBS-453DX as a second or third NAS and that very clear bottleneck of internal to external transmission speed is hard to ignore when NVMe SSD is becoming more affordable. However one has to respect the sheer level of hardware innovation that the TBS-453DX provides – RAID 5, affordable storage, SSD caching, intel CPU and HDMI support at a price point generally considered low end – all of these make this an excellent NAS for those that were not considering 10Gbe or link aggregation in 2019. This combined with new features such as stereo sound and noise levels that challenge even other ‘silent NAS’ labelled devices.

It is worth remembering that for most users, having to choose between good hardware, good redundant storage options and a low price point is very tough. Each factor is considered a ‘must buy’ point for many and that is why the TBS-453DX exists. Because it prevents you having to make a tough choice between the three, leveraging you budget towards one, and instead gives you all three at a £/$/€ you can afford. Bottom line –  I like the taste NAS and I’m prepared to get over the lack of external speed and just see it for what it is, a high performing low-cost network attached storage solution for home and small business users. Plus if you are looking for multimedia-enabled NAS at this price point, you will struggle to find better. Just be prepared to spend a little more on media drives than you might be used to.



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