Synology DS420j NAS on Show at PepCom and CES 2020

Synology Reveal the Budget DS420J 4-Bay Diskstation NAS Solution

Another new piece of kit revealed at CES 2020 and this time it just before the show fully kicked off, at Pepcom 2020 (technically the CES launch event). This new and highly affordable Synology solution is one we have covered here on the blog before, the DS420J 4-Bay NAS. This cost-effective NAS drive is the follow up to the DS418j released back in Q3 of 2017. Featuring a new CPU, but a familiar chassis. This 4 HDD/SSD server is designed for those that want access to the features and functionality of DSM, but are doing it on a tighter budget. Supporting everything from Synology Hybrid RAID and maybe even BTRFS (though that 1GB memory might be a barrier), this may seem like a small jump from that of the DS418J, but let’s take a closer look at what this NAS device can do.

Synology DS420J NAS Hardware Specifications

As the new DS420j uses the same rear-access chassis design as it’s predecessor, we already know quite a few things about it’s design. This mostly metal casing looks very different from the rest of the designs in the Diskstation series, with no support for hot-swapping, memory upgrades or NIC upgrades, this is a NAS that arrives at a low price point sure, but also arrives with a glass ceiling. That said, the specifications are very similar to those of the DS418 and DS218play (with differences in RAM quantities). This 4 Bay NAS also arrives with the standard ports you would expect, but nothing that will blow your socks off.
CPU: Realtek RTD1296
BAYS: x4 (Non Expandable)
RAID SUPPORT: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, SHR
USB 3.0 PORTS: x2
Hot-Swap: No

Synology DS420J NAS Software Specifications

It certainly has enough to support DSM 6.2 and likely DSM 7.0 when it is released in beta at the start of 2020, as well as the other key popular applications in the Synology app center. If you are a business user looking for a central backup server, this will certainly do the trick on a budget. Along with that, you have access to the majority of the collaboration suite applications that you can build a business around. Additionally, if you are a home user, this will serve as a great data storage solution for you and your family. Though that CPU does support 4K and 1080p, it will certainly struggle in Plex Media server and it is recommended that you use this NAS for more native/Synology owned applications. As this CPU has been featured already in recent times, we know that it comfortably supports 10-12 cameras in the surveillance station application and will likely arrive with two camera licences. As previously mentioned, the limits in this device are less about the CPU inside, but the 1GB memory limitations and inability to upgrade it further that prevent many applications not being usable.
BTRFS Support: Yes (TBC)
Synology Hybrid RAID: Yes
Snapshot Support: Yes
4K Support: Yes
Transcoding Support: Yes
Synology Multimedia Suite*: Yes
Synology Moments: Yes
Synology Drive: Yes
Synology Chat: Yes
Synology Active Backup: No
Synology Surveillance Station: Yes
Synology Virtual Machine Manager: No
Synology High Availability: No
Synology Mail: Yes
Synology Office: Yes
Docker: TBC
Synology CMS Yes
Synology Download Station: Yes
Hyper Backup:TBC
Plex Media Server: Yes (but low end and without transcoding)
iTunes Server: Yes
WordPress: Yes
*Video Station, Audio Station, PhotoStation, Media Server, Mobile Apps, etc

Synology DS420J NAS Price and Release Date

Very little is known about the precise release date of the new Synology DS420J NAS Drive, we can confirm that the price will be a staggeringly low $286. Additionally, given that we have the specifications and price confirmed, we will likely see this device released pretty soon in Q1 of 2020 (I am going to go with Feb). I know for many of you, this device is not the most interesting of the bunch and may look weedy in comparison with the majority of the PLUS series, but for those of you looking for a modest NAS that gives you a solid NAS experience and DSM too, this is a tough price to beat!
Alternative to the Synology DS420J NAS
If the Synology DS420J NAS 4-Bay is not the NAS that you have been waiting to buy, it is understandable that you might want to look at the current/older generation. Right now, the best alternative to the DS420J that is available to buy RIGHT NOW is the Synology DS218. Though it is a 2Bay, it arrives with the same CPU, Twice the available memory at 2GB and is around Β£30 cheaper if you shop around! Give it a look:


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