Where's the best place to buy a Synology DS419slim NAS?
The best prices are usually on Amazon
Amazon is one of the most popular retail giants worldwide for a few reasons. It has low, low prices matched with exceptional delivery service and solid post-purchase customer support. Synology has its range of NAS products — the DS419slim included — listed on Amazon and the prices are competitive with other retailers and stores. Should you be subscribed to Amazon Prime, it's also possible to order by the deadline and receive the NAS the very next day.
Why you should buy the DS419slim
The four-bay NAS doesn't come equipped with 3-inch drive bays. Instead of supporting larger drives, this Synology NAS is designed to work with smaller 2.5-inch SATA drives, be it mechanical or solid-state storage, like the Samsung EVO 860. The NAS comes rocking a dual-core Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 CPU, which is more than enough for most things you want to do with the NAS, 512MB DDR3L RAM, and support for up to 16TB of storage across four bays.
These specifications don't sound as exciting as more pricey NAS models out there, but the DS419slim is only 4.7-by-4.1-by-5.6 inches and weighs just 1.5 pounds. That's mad for a NAS, allowing you to take this along for the ride on trips, making it perfect for portable storage. You get full access to Synology's DSM OS, which comes with it support for various third-party apps like Plex.
Overall, it's a great storage solution if you want to use SSDs and take the server with you.
An SSD-powered compact NAS
Synology's latest NAS is one for those who prefer compact file storage. Sporting four 2.5-inch bays, you'll be able to kit this puppy out with speedy SSDs for rapid data transfer rates.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.