Synology DiskStation DS920+ 4-Bay NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS920+ 4-Bay NAS Review - ds920+

For anyone looking for basic expansion storage, any NAS will do but as I mentioned in the opening paragraphs, some things have just been accelerated to insane levels including digital media consumption. So, if you’re a content creator, a streamer or someone who likes to encode DVD and Bluray videos or just like to store data, the Synology DiskStation DS920+ presents the next level of storage that you may get. While it can function as a simple backup storage, it can also provide you some other bonuses: I mentioned earlier that Synology has a built-in office suite. If your kids are doing remote schooling and you’re dedicating their study time for purely study, if you’re savvy enough, you can limit their internet access and they can use Synology Office as an alternative to cloud-based options like Google Docs. Another extended use is the Docker app which lets advanced users use virtualized applications for many networking use. If you’re a student learning networking appliances like firewalls, this serves as a good playground versus physically building a PC.

Of course those are some of the theoretical uses of the Synology DiskStation DS920+. More traditional applications like backup, media servers etc. are extended thru scheduled and automated backups as well as transcoding for media. I personally use the DS920+ as my direct backup of my games library as well as my work folders with the work folder synced in real-time while the games are backed up every week. But why back-up games anyway? Well, in case your internet provider is not the best in the world or you have an outage, getting back from a backup will save you from downloading a 50GB game that would probably take hours to a few minutes from a backup. Not to mention, patches in Warzone are nearly as large as the game itself. When doing streams, all my stream recording are recorded directly into the DS920+ and are then synced to my cloud storage, completely automated, which can be accessed by another person from a remote location that does the editing for the videos.

At around $690 or Php31,999 (PH MSRP), its certainly a steep jump-off point if its your first NAS but the economics does involve data integrity and while you can buy a 2-bay for less, two 4TB drives will be probably cost just a bit less than four 2TB drives but you’ll get the same capacity with faster performance. Of course this is totally optional, but its going to be expensive moving from a 2-bay NAS to a 4-bay NAS than just scaling your disks to match the storage you need plus protection.

Synology DiskStation DS920+ 4-Bay NAS Review - ds920+

That said, the Synology DiskStation is more intended for tech-savvy users and SOHO/SMB applications. Still, its an easy choice for a highly expandable NAS as well for both entertainment and backup/file storage use. While I do point out the need for multigig as the most glaring issue here, not all homes have them as well and given the hardware needs, it might increase the cost as well, As it is, the Synology DiskStation DS920+ is priced just right for its feature set and making it jump to $800 may make it compete with more business-oriented solutions and draw it further away from home-use. If you don’t need the RAID solutions of a 4-bay or the advanced features, you can check out Synology’s product library on their website or use their NAS selector to pick the best one for you. Let me know in the comment if you need help in choosing the right NAS for you.

Synology’s DiskStation DS920+ is a great option for people looking to invest in growing storage as well as a centralized entertainment repository but its underlying features also makes it great for those that need a lab NAS to play around with.

Synology backs their DiskStation DS920+ with a 3-year warranty. Extended warranty are sold separately. I give it my B2G Recommended Award!

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Extensive app library to maximize feature set
  • M.2 slots for SSD cache
  • Tool-less drive installation
  • Link aggregation
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • No multi-Gig connectivity, even 2.5Gbps would’ve been great
  • No LAN status LED indicator

Synology DiskStation DS920+ 4-Bay NAS Review - ds920+