Networked storage specialist Synology has announced the launch of an upgraded four-bay network attached storage (NAS) box for the home, the DS416play, with improved performance over its predecessors.
Designed for home use, Synology's play-suffixed range of NAS units are designed to appeal to those who want to shuffle media around the house. As a result, they usually come with a processor sitting between the low-power entry-level models and the high-performance professional models - and the new DS416play is no exception. Based on the DS216play but offering four drive bays instead of two, the DS416play includes a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 with 2.48GHz Burst Mode support, 1GB of DDR3, and two gigabit Ethernet ports which can be configured in failover or link-aggregation mode - the latter giving it 2Gb/s of bandwidth to the switch.
Cooled by a pair of 92mm fans in the rear, Synology claims that the new model offers a mere 19.4 dB(A) noise level and draws 29W during hard drive access and 12.5W when the drives are asleep - though this figure will naturally vary depending on the quantity and type of drives you install. The NAS supports 3.5in or 2.5in SATA-III hard drives up to 8TB in size for a total capacity of 32TB, which can be extended via two USB 3.0 ports. For the play-suffix functionality, the CPU includes a hardware transcoding engine supporting transcode of H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-4 at up to 4K30 resolution. As always, the NAS runs Synology's Linux-based DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system.
Details on the device are available from Synology's official website
, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed - but expect to pay a small premium over the earlier DS415play.