Amber Plus Review – A NAS and router in one with Docker support but is it good as Synology

[Update] I was provided with some feedback regarding certain parts of the review which I think are worth including. Key points include that the 2.5″ drives are less noisy so can be used in a living environment without bothering people. While most NAS drives have remote access functionality, Amber is focussing on making remote functionality … Read more

TerraMaster Launches F2-422 10GbE 2-Bay Professional NAS for just £320

Recently TerraMaster announced their latest affordable 10GbE NAS, priced at £320 it is the most affordable 10GbE NAS option on the market that I am aware of. It is essentially the same spec as the TerraMaster F4-422 I reviewed previously, but with 2 bays instead of 4. I have been using the TerraMaster F4-422 as … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS Review – An excellent affordable 10GbE 4-bay NAS

TerraMaster has quickly established themselves as a popular NAS brand providing an affordable alternative to the market leader Synology and outclassing many other brands in terms of features/performance/price.  In particular, for home and SOHO users, these NAS drives provide excellent value for money, and the new TerraMaster F4-422 is one of the most advanced none-enterprise … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS is a bargain at £440 – with Quad-core Intel J3455, 4GB RAM & SSD cache

I have received a couple of TerraMaster products now, and they are superb affordable solutions. In particular, their NAS hardware has typically offered a similar spec or higher than Synology for a lower price point. You just don’t get quite as many applications that you can install. TerraMaster seems to be going all-in with 10GbE … Read more

Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+)

[Update 27-May-2020] The DS420+ and DS720+ have now been maid official and are available now. Synology recently launched their new affordable  Synology DS220j which offers a significant performant bump from the DS218j thanks to the move from the dual-core Marvell Armada 385 chipset to the Realtek RTD1296 chipset. They are now preparing for the launch … Read more

TerraMaster Announces Availability of qBittorrent and Transmission BT Apps for NAS drives including F2-210, F5-422 & F5-221

I have previously reviewed the TerraMaster F2-210 and it is a superb affordable NAS giving you the same quality of hardware as Synology but at a lower price point. The downside is the number of apps for their OS is lower. They are however expanding the options and the latest apps to be released include … Read more

TerraMaster D5-300C USB3.0 5-Bay RAID Direct Attached Storage Review – NAS vs DAS

I have covered quite a lot of NAS devices recently, which are a fantastic investment for both business and home users providing network-attached storage and a range of useful applications built-in. TerraMaster has quickly become one of the stands out brands, offering superb value for money with better hardware specs at a lower price point … Read more

WD Purple vs Seagate SkyHawk Network Video Recorder Surveillance Hard Drive Comparison? And are Surveillance Drives Needed?

Over the past few months, I have upgraded my home surveillance, moving from cameras that recording motion only to microSD cards, to cheap Ezviz NVR and finally a BlueIris NVR with Sentry AI human detection. I have done everything as cheap as possible, and that includes re-using old desktop hard-drives. I had one of them … Read more

TerraMaster F5-422 vs F5-221 – TerraMaster upgrades their NAS drives with 10GbE

If you want the best bang for your buck NAS then TerraMaster is probably the best brand to go for. I reviewed their F2-210 last month and it offered incredible performance for such a low price. The value for money TerraMaster offers continues throughout their range, from a hardware perspective little really competes with them. … Read more

Synology DS220j 2 Bay NAS Review – More affordable than the DS218play & better than the DS218j

I recently personally bought the excellent Synology DS218play which I found offered enough additional functionality over the cheaper TerraMaster F2-210 to justify the extra £40. However, at the time, I was not aware that Synology had just launched the DS220j could be a better option overall than the older DS218jplay and DS218j and making the … Read more

Synology DS218play 2 Bay NAS Review – Is it worth the extra £40+ over the TerraMaster F2-210?

After singing the praises of the TerraMaster F2-210 NAS for the level of value it offers over competing Synology devices, the DS218play dropped to its lowest price over on Amazon at just £183.99, and I couldn’t help but buy it so I can compare. Synology DS218play vs TerraMaster F2-210  Specification From a hardware point of … Read more

The Best 2-Bay NAS Devices for 2020 – Network Attached Storage that can do Plex Transcoding

For the past 6 years or so I have used a proper server for my NAS, first with the HP Microserver, then moving on to old PC hardware I no longer use. However, self build servers tend to be big, relatively expensive and use up quite a bit of electricity. I wanted to use old … Read more

TerraMaster F2-210 NAS Review – A cheap NAS, but is it good? How does it compare vs Synology DS218j

I have not used a NAS in years, instead opting with building my own servers, but they are big, ugly and use up lots of electricity. With a growing number of old hard-drives, I wanted something that was small, lower-powered and cheap enough for me to justify using my old smaller 4TB drives in it. … Read more

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