Win a 2-Bay QNAP TS-231+ NAS!

Eager to win another awesome prize? Of course you are! We’ve teamed up with QNAP to give you all the chance to win one of their lovely new TS-231+ two-bay NAS devices, perfect for the connected home, streaming your multimedia files, backing up all your important memories and more!

“The TS-231+ is a powerful yet easy-to-use network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. With the Notes Station, you can easily create digital notes on a secure private cloud and share with colleagues and friends at no extra cost. Powered by an advanced ARM® Cortex®-A15 dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, the TS-231+ delivers outstanding multitasking performance as a SOHO NAS featuring three USB 3.0 and dual LAN ports. See how TS-231+ can enhance your working productivity & digital life.”

  • Build a private cloud-based notebook to share with colleagues and friends with the Notes Station 2.0 and Qnotes mobile app
  • Organize & manage files and backup tasks in one centralized location
  • Full NAS encryption by volume-based technology and hardware acceleration
  • Synchronize files between computers, laptops, and mobile devices
  • Create a 24/7 surveillance center for your home/small office
  • Stream your multimedia library via DLNA, AirPlay & Chromcast and play on TV
  • Transcode videos offline and enjoy smooth video streaming even with restricted network connection

For more information on the TS-231+ check out the official product page here.

Thank you QUNAP for providing us with this fantastic prize, and good luck to everyone entering!

Win a 2-Bay QNAP TS-231+ NAS!

Synology Introduces the DiskStation DS216 2-Bay NAS

We’ve recently seen Synology release both the DS216se and DS216play, and now it is time for the DS216 to enter the market. Synology introduced the new 2-bay NAS and announced the immediate availability of the same. Synology’s DiskStation DS216 is the direct successor to the DS214 and it is quite an upgrade.

The DS216 is powered by a dual-core Marvell Armada 385 CPU that runs are 1.3GHz and is backed by 512MB DDR3 memory. The Marvel Armada 385 CPU comes with built-in hardware encryption engine that can increase the performance with encrypted files up to 49% while reading and 110% while writing compared to the DS214. Encryption becomes a thing more and more people want to utilize which makes this a great selling point. The CPU also features a floating point unit that especially speeds up the creation of thumbnails, but overall helps with the performance of the system.

With that hardware at its disposal, the DS216 can provide a read/write performance of 111.18 MB/s in writing and over 112.79 MB/s in reading.

Synology’s DS216 features one USB 2.0 port on the front where it also has a one-touch copy button and it has another two USB 3.0 ports on the rear next to the RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port. Other than that, the DS216 doesn’t have any more connectivity, but what would you want more?

The two-bay NAS supports up to 16TB volumes with its two bays and 8TB drives, a storage amount that should be plenty for most people. The front panel is removable and behind it are two drive trays that support hot-swapping and easy tool-free installation.

A nice touch is that you can adjust the LED brightness on the front of the NAS, allowing you to tune it down where it otherwise would be too bright and just annoying. Perfect for living room placements where you don’t want a lot of blinking lights all the time. Other than that, the DS216 features all the other great functions that we know and love from the DSM operating system.

The DS216 is backed by a 2-year limited warranty and is available now worldwide for an MSRP of £204.00 and €240.00.