Synology DS415Play 4-Bay NAS Review

by - 8 years ago




In the early stages of this year we saw the arrival of Synology’s DS214Play – a 2-bay system which offers users the ability to stream media connect across the network to everything, including mobile devices thanks to its onboard transcoding capabilities from Intel’s latest Evansport processor. Little did Synology know, this unit has turned out to be one of their most popular 2-bay systems to hit the shelves this year and as users embraced the transcoding power, the demand for a bigger and better system soon followed.

Aside from the obvious extension to four bays, the DS415Play features the same Intel Evansport 1.6GHz CPU, featuring Floating-Point Units, giving the system its popular ability to transcode media on the fly for streaming across to mobile devices as well as processing image thumbnails much faster than that of a typical SoC based system.

Connectivity wise we find an extra two USB2.0 ports on the rear of the system in place of the eSATA port that the 215 features. On paper this means that we should expect to see at least the same levels of performance as on of this years top-selling 2-bay systems, with an easy, too-free setup and a user interface that I consider to be one of the most user-friendly solutions on the market today.


Like a large number of Synology’s systems, the DS415Play comes in a rather non-de-script box, with only a few labels on the outside indicating which unit is inside. From a business point of view this means that on the grander scale we are looking at lower packaging costs – which in turn means a cheaper end product for the consumer. Inside we find a similarly comprehensive bundle with little more than a power cord, patch lead and a quick setup leaflet.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. DSM 5.0 & Power
  4. Testing Method
  5. HD Video Tests
  6. Productivity Tests
  7. File Transfer Tests
  8. Final Thoughts
  9. View All

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3 Comments on Synology DS415Play 4-Bay NAS Review

  • Avatar Kevin Chan says:

    if I carve a hole in the plastic so I can get to the esata port will the esata port work?

    • Avatar Jonas Alexander Larsen says:

      Please, read the review!

      “RAID and SATA control is handled by a Marvell 88SX7042 four-port PCIe SATA controller which has no support for eSATA devices. This therefore answers why the eSATA port that is present on the secondary board above is left redundant and is omitted from the specification.”

  • Avatar txdot says:

    I’ve been encouraging Synolgy to create a rack mount version of this. Call it the RS814play.

    I also second the idea of adding an HDMI port. It seems quite logical.

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