Synology DS214Play 2 Bay NAS reviews

53 customer reviews

This server is a good all rounder.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 53 reviews.
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David, Glasgow

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Nice solid little unit. Wake on LAN works a treat.
Easy set up and configure.
Good feature set.
Bad points:
I had issues streaming WMA files via the Synology Media Server software / DLNA to my surround sound system even though Synology claim WMA support. Playing this type of file via the Audio Station software is fine but not via Media Server. MP3/AAC work fine. I was forced to rerip more than 250 CDs into MP3 to maximise support. Disappointed in this.
Overall rating 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Sep 2014

Tony, Silverstone

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very powerful, great optimisation for media sharing. Perfect as a family media center. Also good for generic file sharing
Bad points:
A little difficult to set up properly. So take your time and ask.

But the Dashboard could do with an easier Wizard to deal with setting up outgoing Ports etc, for full internet accessability
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2014

John, Scunthorpe

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Works well & the new processor means video transposing is more useful.
An established product with good software.
Bad points:
Price
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Sep 2015

James,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The DSM software really is as good as people say it is. The unit is sturdy and was simple to setup. So far I'm very pleased.
Bad points:
You get what you pay for and I am very pleased with it, though I do feel I've paid a significant premium for a Synology DS. £50 cheaper and I would have given value of money a top score...
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Aug 2015

Lewis, Banbury

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
streams/transcodes .MKV, FLAC,AVI to my samsung tv, ipad and i phone with no problems at all.

Easy to use interface.

Great plug and play unit.
Bad points:
Remote usage a bit slow but this may depend on your connection speed and I'm yet to set up port forwarding.

A bit pricey.
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2015

Miles, London

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Ability to take the disks straight from my old ds212j plug them in to the 214 and have it work immediately
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2015

Gary , Penmaenmawr

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to setup and use.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Dec 2014

Product Features

Type NAS
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 1.6
RAM (Gigabytes) 1
Depth in cm 23.32
Type of hard drive SATA
Number of USB ports 3

Also known as: Synology DS214Play 2 Bay, Synology DS214Play 2TB 2, Synology DS214Play 4TB 2, Synology DS214Play 6TB 2, Synology DS214Play 8TB 2, Synology DS214play NAS

 

Manufacturer's Description

Synology DS214play is a ready media server specifically designed for users to enjoy maximized fun on their NAS device. DS214play comes with dual core CPU and 1GB RAM, aligning it with top-class consumer NAS today, delivering an average 111MB/sec reading and 101MB/sec writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment. The built-in floating-point unit not only enhances the overall capability of the main CPU but shows particular advantage in speeding up thumbnail processing, making photo viewing on DS214play a refreshingly new experience. Featuring 1080p Full HD video transcoding, DS214play satisfies enthusiasts’ requirement for on-demand high-quality video streaming. Running on Synology’s award-winning DSM operating system, DS214play shares the rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.

Personal Multimedia Bank
With DS214play you can easily manage your multimedia contents and share them across Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. Photo Station’s intuitive design allows you to effortlessly organize photos into customized categories, smart albums and blog posts, and link them to social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and Picasa within a few clicks. Audio Station comes with built-in lyrics plugin, Internet radio, and support for DLNA, AirPlay®, and Bluetooth speakers for quality playback. With Video Station, you can watch movies and TV shows online or record your favorite programs with a DVB-T/DVB-S stick.

Versatile Storage Server
DS214play also comes with comprehensive external storage integration, providing two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and one eSATA interfaces in the back, one SD card and one USB 2.0 interface in the front panel, along with the Copy button that enables one-click data replication from your SD/USB device to DS214play. Designed with both safety and convenience in mind, DS214play contains the brand new tool-less hard drive trays, allowing users to fixate 3.5” hard drives without screws and drivers. Meanwhile, DS214play supports hot-swappable hard drive trays for instant and risk-free hard disk replacement.

Anywhere/Anytime Availability
Synology provides mobile applications that allow you to enjoy the full variety of your multimedia library even when on the go, allowing you to reach for your private albums, music and video collection at home in DS214play. Available on iOS, Android™ and Windows Phone platforms, DS photo+, DS audio, and DS video mobilize your Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station, placing terabytes of content at your fingertips. What’s more, DS download makes it possible for you to manage and monitor your download tasks remotely while you can access DS214play content with DS file whenever required.

DLNA Ready Media Server
As a ready DLNA DMS (Digital Media Server), DS214play serves also as a ready media server with the capability to host digital multimedia contents for remote playback. Once connected to a wireless router, DS214play is set to stream music, photos and videos to DLNA-compliant devices without any pre-configuration, thus enabling users to enjoy their collection on larger screens or with quality speakers. Synology even makes it possible for users to browse and select DiskStation contents using DS audio to designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.

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