With the DS223, Synology brings the best affordable NAS for home onto the local market. The budget NAS enclosure can address a fairly large memory and should be characterized by its simple but at the same time versatile usability.
The NAS network attached system comes with two slots for hard drives or SSDs in 3.5 or 2.5-inch format. The 165 x 108 x 232.7-millimeter case houses a Realtek RTD1619B SoC that can access a two-gigabyte DDR4 memory. The network storage is cooled by a single 92 mm fan.
There is a single Ethernet port, which is said to offer a data transfer rate of up to one gigabit per second. Other network storage devices now also offer a 2.5 Gbit/s connection in the prosumer field, but this also requires a corresponding network infrastructure that is rarely found in private households. The three USB ports comply with the USB 3.2 Gen 1 standard.
Synology advertises a range of functions. According to the manufacturer, a private cloud can be set up, and the organization of your photo collection with Synology Photos is also planned. Data can be synchronized with popular cloud storage platforms, which should result in increased data security – or higher productivity.
In addition, the Synology NAS can also be used as a network video recorder and thus together with compatible video cameras. User accounts and user groups can be created. Backup plans and also snapshots are supported.
Synology DS223 price and availability
The manufacturer states a price of $249.99 for this best affordable NAS for home, and it can be pre-ordered via the Bhphotovideo.com online store. As usual, this applies without memory, so there are usually additional costs for hard drives or SSDs.
Synology recently introduced a new network storage device with the DS723+. The NAS enclosure is equipped with a Ryzen processor, and expandable RAM, and is priced at $499.99.