Category: Value

Products that have received our Value Award.

Best value Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Best value Asustor AS6208T Review

Asustor AS6208T Review

Asustor’s ADM software isn’t as feature-rich as Qnap’s QTS or Synology’s DSM but it provides plenty of data backup tools and the new surveillance app is a winner. For an 8-bay NAS appliance, the AS6208T is also very good value and it delivers a mean performance as well.

Best value Synology DiskStation DS416 Review

Synology DiskStation DS416 Review

The DS416 is the latest to join Synology’s Value series of NAS appliances and aims to offer home users, professionals and small businesses a high capacity storage solution at an affordable price. Synology looks to have hit the bullseye for value as the DS416 is around $140 cheaper than the Plus Series DS415+. ...

Best value Thecus N5810 Review

Thecus N5810 Review

Thecus loses points for features as it isn’t as well-endowed as similar appliances from Qnap and Synology. The ThecusOS 7 beta firmware shows a lot of promise but it’s not ready for production environments and Thecus need to get serious about app development as its current selection is too amateurish. However, as a ...

Best value Qnap TS-1263U-RP Review

Qnap TS-1263U-RP Review

The TS-1263U-RP offers SMBs a low cost entry into 10GbE storage networking. You’ll need to factor in the cost of a 10GbE transceiver but this 12-bay appliance still represents comparatively good value for money.