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7 best NAS drives 2014: What's the best network storage you can buy in the UK?

The Top 7 NAS drives you can buy in the UK in 2014

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The 7 best NAS devices of 2014. NAS reviews, network storage buying advice.

7 Best NAS devices of 2014

7. Synology DS415play NAS

Synology DS415play NAS
  • Reviewed on: 15 July 14
  • RRP: £372 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Synology's RRP for the DS415play is £372 and at that price or the inevitably lower real shop prices the company should have a winner on its hands. The competing QNAP TS-469L is faster and has better specifications but is over £100 more expensive. When you combine the performance, price and the siren-like draw of DSM 5.0 this could be a crowd pleaser for the multimedia NAS market.

6. Zxyel NSA325

Zxyel NSA325
  • Reviewed on: 9 February 12
  • RRP: £145 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

If you need a NAS drive for storing and sharing files on a network, you have two choices: buy a unit prestuffed with hard drives that's simple to set up and use, or get a diskless enclosure to which you must add your own storage. If you're willing to sacrifice the simplicity of a pre-built unit in return for greater configuration control, and demand strong performance and useful functions, you're exactly the type of user Zyxel had in mind when it designed the NSA325.

5. WD My Cloud EX2

WD My Cloud EX2
  • Reviewed on: 20 June 14
  • RRP: £479 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The WD My Cloud EX2 has a few minor faults, but it's easy to use and provides good performance and reliability at an attractive price. There are more sophisticated NAS drives available for larger businesses, but the EX2 provides all the features that home users and small businesses are likely to need, and presents them in a straightforward manner that will appeal to people who might not have used a NAS drive before.

4. Asustor AS-604T

Asustor AS-604T
  • Reviewed on: 17 March 14
  • RRP: £430 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

There's no denying the Asustor AS-604T is a very well featured and sturdily built NAS drive. Given its close facsimile to QNAP products, there appears to be little reason to choose the newcomer – except perhaps the issue of price. A comparable QNAP model could be the TS-469 which sells for around £600 in diskless form; the AS-604T can be found for closer to £400. If data write performance could be improved it'd be a closer contest, with the Asustor becoming even more attractive.

3. Synology DS1813+

Synology DS1813+
  • Reviewed on: 4 October 13
  • RRP: £800 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Synology DS1813+ is a smart and sophisticated NAS drive, superbly constructed and with a well-judged selection of ports and connectors. There are expansion possibilities too, if up to 32 TB ever proves claustrophobic. A top-spec Intel Atom processor running Synology's latest versatile DSM 4.3 operation system makes a powerful combination that can deliver data quicker than your gigabit LAN. As an overall package, and despite an annoying rsync bug in the DSM software, the Synology cannot escape our test lab without a recommendation.

2. QNAP TS-421

QNAP TS-421
  • Reviewed on: 13 December 13
  • RRP: £387 inc VAT without disks
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The QNAP TS-421 has broad reach across a number of services beside local network file serving, with powerful small-business services as well as plenty of potential for home multimedia hosting. Available for less than £400, this well-made four-bay NAS unit is a recommended product.

1. Synology DS413j

Synology DS413j
  • Reviewed on: 26 June 13
  • RRP: £275 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Synology DS413j is an excellent option for a home NAS. It provides enough speed for streaming of HD video, and includes many useful features like a bit-torrent client, VPN and manmy of the software goodies of the more expensive end products running the DSM software. At £275 its a great budget buy.

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