It's time for Black Friday deals and that includes some NAS models from leading brands like Synology, QNAP, and TerraMaster. It's worth holding off for this period since prices can drop considerably, allowing you to purchase the same NAS models but at a lower price.
Best Black Friday NAS Deals
TerraMaster F2-210 — $23 off
The F2-210 from TerraMaster is ideal if you're just starting out, are looking for an inexpensive NAS or need one that can ahndle the basics, including file storage. It's got an ARM processor, which is good enough for basic NAS functionality. 1GB RAM, and two drive bays.
Armed with two bays, a mediocre ARM processor, 1GB RAM, and a great price make this an excellent entry-model for NAS beginners.
$150 $22 Off
TerraMaster F2-221 — $46 off
The F2-221 from TerraMaster is the next step up from the F2-210, sporting an improved Intel processor, 2GB RAM (expandable up to 4GB), and the same two bay design with stunning aluminum chassis. It's a slight jump in price, but you can do a whole lot more with this NAS set up and ready to go.
The F2-221 from TerraMaster is a great NAS for those looking for a budget server with an Intel processor.
$246 $46 Off
TerraMaster F2-421 — $50 off
The F2-421 from TerraMaster is where things get a little interesting. This NAS comes with an Intel Apollo 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM (expandable up to 8GB), and improved trnasfer speeds to the two available drive bays. This is a NAS that allows you to get into streaming and transcoding 1080p content, as well as 4K movies that don't require format switching.
Need a NAS with a little more oomph? This F2-421 from TerraMaster houses quite the budget-friendly CPU for your advanced NAS tasks.
$330 $49 Off
Synology DS1817 — $70 off
This thing is a monster for the home and small office. The Synology DS1817 allows you to throw in eight drives for massive amounts of storage capacity. Upgradable RAM allows you to install up to 8GB, you get two Gigabit ports with link aggregation support, and even the potential for a further 10 drives with two DX517 expansion units.
If you need to store massive amounts of data with redundancy, the DS1817 has eight drive bays for enhanced capacity with the potential for a further 10 with two expansion units.
$850 $70 Off
Netgear ReadyNAS 2304 — $100 off
This Netgear NAS is a 1U rackmount, meaning you'll be better off grabbing this if you already have a server rack available. This four-bay NAS is great for office use, ofering a professional-grade NAS environment with leading SMB support from Netgear.
If you're a business with a server rack, you'll likely want to go with this Netgear 1U rackmount that'll fit perfectly and offer some professional-grade features.
$500 $100 off
QNAP TS-253Be — $29 off
QNAP's TS-253Be is a powerful NAS, equipped with an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM (expandable up to 8GB), dual-Gigabit, HDMI 1.4b output, and even houses a PCIe slot for 10Gigabit Ethernet. It's a serious unit designed with media playback in mind, hence the inclusion of HDMI and super-fast networking.
This NAS has it all for a home server, including a capable Intel processor, plenty of RAM, two drive bays, HDMI out, and PCIe expansion for additional functionality.
$359 $29 off
WD 12TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra — $200 off
Western Digital's My cloud EX2 Ultra series is an ideal solution for those who want the process to be as streamlined as possible. Rocking an ARM 1.3 GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB, it's not the most powerful NAS on the market, but you won't be buying one to run a home media server since this unit is better suited to file storage. The best part of this deal is the inclusion of two 6TB Western Digital drives.
Western Digital's My Cloud EX2 Ultra is a great NAS for storing files and backing up all your sensitive data and devices. Better still, this deal includes two 6TB drives pre-installed.
$600 $200 off
Synology DS218+ - $45 off
One of our favorites from Synology, the DS218+ has a tidy saving for Black Friday which makes it even more appetising for the home user. It uses an Intel Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM, but particularly good are the quick access drive bays for hot swapping when you fill up. Also a great addition to a home media server or cord-cutting setup.
$300 $45 Off
This two-bay NAS is particularly good for the home, with easy setup and use, quick eject drives and a nice, compact form factor.
How do I pick the right NAS?
Pricking the right NAS for you depends on numerous factors, including drive bays — how many drives do you want to install or how much data will you need to store — and specifications. The latter isn't so important if you're on the lower-end of the NAS scale with two- and four-bay NAS models since they're all similar in capabilities and support.
Should you be starting out with your very first NAS, one of the two-bay models will suffice, with ARM or Intel processors being able to do the job. If it's file storage and a few small services you plan on running, you'll be good with these NAS models. For anything more advanced like running a media server, you'll want to look at the larger and more powerful NAS offerings.
It's important to bear in mind if the RAM can be upgraded to 8GB, just how capable the processor is (for transcoding, etc.) and what brand the NAS is from. Whether you've used a NAS before or not, each brand has a different OS with QNAP, Synology, and TerraMaster being regarded as the most user-friendly.
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