Synology DS415play reviews

20 customer reviews

This network storage is a good all rounder.

£340 – £1202 at 4 retailers out of 421 retailers checked

9.2 out of 10 based on 20 reviews.
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David, Sandbach

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Amazing features, especially the ability to render onto other devices.

Permanent access to all music, photos, films, TV shows and films is a revelation and something I should have done years ago.

Easy to set up in hybrid raid mode.

Fast read and write.

Easy PC and MAC backup and file syncing (photos particularly) is great.
Bad points:
Expensive but you soon start getting value from it.
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2014

Mike,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Quality software
Good performance
Reliable with regular updates from Synology
Almost Silent
Lots of applications
Bad points:
Slightly expensive
Plastic casing
Single NIC
Struggles with Plex
LEDs a bit bright
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Apr 2015

Adam,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
On the fly video transcoding.
Great set of apps.
Bad points:
The CPU is a little underpowered.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Sep 2014

julian,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The unit is a good quality build & easy to allow the drive fitting etc. Setting up is a breeze, the operating system & online help are great features. Runs very quietly & speed is impressive.
Bad points:
A little expensive, however you pay for what you get I guess.
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Oct 2014

Frazer, Grantham Home User

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Brilliant, happy with it, although I've not pushed the advanced config too far yet.

Allows remote access to all my media, backs up all my docs from PC.

Small & Quiet.
Bad points:
CPU could be faster, upgradable ram would be nice.

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHR FIRST! - start with the smallest disks you have to avoid having to re-copy terabytes of stuff!
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Nov 2014

Amit,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to setup. Great software
Bad points:
Cost
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Aug 2014

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Manufacturer's Description

Synology DS415play is a ready media server specifically designed for users who have a huge multimedia library and are eager to share them. With up to four drive bays, DS415play allows for flexible RAID configurations to achieve efficient data redundancy. DS415play comes with dual core CPU and 1GB RAM, delivering an average 112.45 MB/sec reading and 101.21 MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment.1 Powered by hardware accelerated transcoding engine, DS415play features 1080p Full HD video transcoding on the fly, effortlessly sharing videos with your smart TV, network media player, mobile devices and PC. DS415play comes with the external interfaces you need – up to three USB 2.0 ports to power multiple peripheral devices concurrently, and another two USB 3.0 ports for high speed external storage exchange. Designed with both safety and convenience in mind, DS415play contains hot-swappable tool-less hard drive trays to enable hassle-free hard drive installation and risk-free hard drive replacement.

With DS415play you can easily manage your multimedia contents and share them with smart TV, Android TV box, network media player, tablets and phones, Windows PC, Mac®, and Linux® computers. 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, Picasa, Weibo and QQ within a few clicks. Audio Station comes with a built-in lyrics plugin, Internet radio, and support for DLNA, AirPlay®, and Bluetooth speakers for quality playback. With Video Station, movies and seasons of TV shows are automatically indexed with online metadata. You can also record your favorite programs with DTV tuners (currently supporting DVB-T, DVB-S and DTMB standards).

A certified DLNA DMS (Digital Media Server), DS415play serves also as a ready media server with the capability to host digital multimedia contents for remote playback. DLNA-compliant devices can access the shared contents in DS415play in the same local area network without the fuss over privilege settings. Not only does it make your multimedia bank available without any preconfiguration, Synology mobile apps transform your mobile device into the remote control of your DS415play, sending movies and photos to your TV or music to your speaker right from the palm of your hand.

Combined with a quick start widget, users can simultaneously tour the DSM operating system and set it up to use right away. For users unfamiliar with complicated router configurations or those who simply want to save time, the Synology EZ-Internet Wizard simplifies the process of setting up access to the Synology DS415play from the Internet. EZ-Internet Wizard walks you through all of network settings including firewall, port-forwarding, PPPoE setup and DDNS registration. The multi-tasking web UI on DSM allows users to run multiple applications simultaneously on one tab browser and switch between them instantly. Synology Hybrid RAID allows you to reach maximum use of your hard drive while keeping your storage safe with data redundancy.


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