Category: Value

Products that have received our Value Award.

Best Value Synology RackStation RS2818RP+ Review
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Synology RackStation RS2818RP+ Review

The RS2818RP+ may not match the 10GbE performance of the RS4017xs but it makes up for this by being around $2,600 cheaper. Teaming up its high capacity with the wealth of DSM data protection features makes this big rack appliance a great choice for budget-conscious SMEs looking for an affordable network storage vault.

Best Value Thecus N4350 Review
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Thecus N4350 Review

Home users and SOHOs that want a basic, easy to use NAS appliance for file sharing and data protection won’t find a cheaper alternative than the N4350. It is very limited in the features department but Gigabit performance is good, it has hot-swap drive bays plus a good set of backup tools and won’t be faulted for ...

Best Value Qnap TS-1253BU-RP-8G Review
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Qnap TS-1253BU-RP-8G Review

The TS-1253BU-RP looks great value as you’ll be hard pushed to find a competitor’s 12-bay NAS appliance with dual redundant PSUs for less than this. Overall 10GbE performance won’t be worrying higher end appliances but it’s good enough for general SMB usage and Qnap’s QTS software is packed with features including ...

Best Value Qnap TS-1253BU-RP-8G Review
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Qnap TS-1253BU-RP-8G Review

The TS-1253BU-RP looks great value as you’ll be hard pushed to find a competitor’s 12-bay NAS appliance with dual redundant PSUs for less than this. Overall 10GbE performance won’t be worrying higher end appliances but it’s good enough for general SMB usage and Qnap’s QTS software is packed with features including ...

Best Value Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review
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Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review

With its eight drive bays and dual 10GBase-T ports, the DS1817 has little competition as Qnap’s similarly priced, Alpine-equipped TS-831X only offers dual fibre 10GbE ports. As long as you’re aware of some of the app restrictions of the 32-bit Alpine CPU, the DS1817 and its modest price tag make it a good choice for ...

Best Value Thecus N12910SAS Review
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Thecus N12910SAS Review

The N12910SAS isn’t as well-featured or as versatile as competing 12-bay SAS3 rack appliances from Qnap and Synology but it is much more affordable. Furthermore, the latest ThecusOS 7 firmware delivers plenty of new and welcome features presented in a radically redesigned web interface. Performance is another strong ...

Best Value Thecus W4810 Review
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Thecus W4810 Review

For an appliance that functions as a full AD domain controller, the W4810 is reasonably priced. It’s easy enough to use as with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials at the helm, anyone familiar with Microsoft’s standard server OSes will feel right at home. Performance is a mixed bag and will depend on the type ...

Best Value Qnap TS-831X Review
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Qnap TS-831X Review

The TS-831X is a good choice for small businesses that want an affordable NAS appliance that’s fibre 10GbE-ready. The main drawbacks are Qnap’s reduced app support for its ARM-based Alpine CPU, the underwhelming IP SAN performance and the need to factor in the additional costs of 10GbE transceivers plus extra ...

Best Value Thecus N12850L Review
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Thecus N12850L Review

The low price and decent performance makes the N12850L a good choice for businesses that want affordable, uncomplicated NAS and IP SAN storage. Thecus still lags way behind Qnap and Synology for app and OS development but all the key storage features are present and correct and its high expansion potential makes it a ...

Best Value Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review
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Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review

The RS3617xs is a great choice for storage hungry SMBs as it teams up good NAS performance over 10GbE with a big expansion capacity. Synology’s app-heavy DSM software makes it extremely versatile, value looks good and the icing on the cake is the generous 5-year warranty.