Thursday, 10 March 2016 23:00

Synners rejoice: Synology’s DiskStation DS216j has arrived


Designed to provide a devilishly good NAS home media storage experience in a powerful yet affordable way, Synology’s DiskStation DS216j seeks an audience - with you!

Top-notch NAS maker, Synology, has launched its DiskStation DS216j, a NAS dubbed ‘perfect for home media streaming, as well as file sharing and backup.’

Powered by a dual-core CPU with a floating-point unit (FPU), this 2-bay NAS is designed for ‘home and personal users that are in need of a reliable, highly efficient home server requiring less power consumption.’

Highlights include:

  • Dual-core CPU delivering over 112 MB/s reading and 97 MB/s writing speed
  • Built-in floating-point unit boosts photo thumbnail processing as well as transcoding audio tracks into MP3s on demand
  • DLNA-certified; also supports streaming to Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Roku
  • Native app on Apple TV 4th Gen & Apple Watch
  • Four-level brightness control for front LEDs

Clearly an eponymous fan, Synology’s Product Manager, Jason Fan said: “With Synology’s intuitive user interface, upgraded platform, and versatile features, we hope to make DS216j the best home server for users who use NAS to stream multimedia content, share and sync files, as well as backup data.”

As noted, the DS216j’s main CPU is enhanced with a built-in floating-point unit (FPU) that speeds up thumbnail generation, and delivers file transfer speeds of 112.75 Mb/s reading and 97.6 Mb/s writing.

Moreover, DS216j is designed with energy efficiency in mind, consuming only 14.85W during peak usage and 6.95W when hibernating.

Thanks to the above features, Synology said that ‘users are able to enjoy a fast and efficient experience in an eco-friendly way.’

DS216j runs DiskStation Manager (DSM), which Synology boasts is ‘the most advanced and intuitive operating system for NAS devices.’

Pricing and availability below, please read on!

With its wide range of applications from multimedia file sharing to backup, Synology claims that ‘DSM satisfies all essential home entertainment, as well as backup and file sharing needs.’

To back these statements up, Synology notes that it has ‘received numerous media accolades, including PC Mag Readers' Choice for four years in a row.’

Availabile worldwide immediately, the Synology DiskStation DS216j is priced at $269 in Australia, ready to ‘start storing files, streaming photos, music and videos, and backing up computers within minutes.’


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