Product Comparison: Synology DS418play vs Synology DS718+

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General Specifications
About the Product
Synology Disk Station DS418play is a 4-bay NAS designed for ultra-high definition multimedia enthusiasts. Powered by a new Intel Celeron dual-core processor, DS418play supports real-time transcoding for up to 2 channels of H.265/H.264 4K videos at the same time.
Synology Disk Station DS718+ features a quad-core processor with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, providing outstanding performance and data encryption acceleration along with real-time transcoding of 4K content.
Key Specs
Hard Drive Capacity
4 TB
6 TB
Number Of Slots
4 -bay
2 -bay
Storage Drive Type
3.5”, 2.5”
3.5”, 2.5”
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Synology DS418play 4TB NAS Solution
  • We chose the DS418play 4-bay drive, and packed it with 4x4TB new drives (2 Seagate and 2 Western Digital).
  • So far have only placed two drives in the NAS but have plans to replace these with four much larger drives.
  • Great NAS drive with supper support and documentation. Great slots.
  • I have 4x4TB hard drives in my unit. It runs photography and video backups every night.
  • The DS only supports 4 drives while my Drobo had 5.
Synology DS718+ 6TB Desktop NAS Unit
  • I hooked the drive up right away, the setup was pretty easy.
  • Demonstrates excellent performance, I like that I can fit 2 drives.
  • I paired this unit up with 2x WD Red Pro 2TB drive.
  • I just wanted something for backup of the main drive on my PC. This is good storage with nice 2 slots.
  • Useless system can't read most external drives.
Size & Weight
6.53 in.
6.18 in.
7.83 in.
4.07 in.
8.77 in.
9.13 in.
4.91 lbs.
3.83 lbs.
Intel Celeron J3355
Intel Celeron J3455
2 GB
2 GB
RAID Support
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Hardware Design, 4K Ultra HD Multimedia Library, Anywhere/Anytime Availability, Btrfs file system, Effective Sync & Backup Solution, Easy Management
Ultimate file management and sharing, Synchronize files across your devices, Surveillance Station, Desktop Backup, DSM UI, All-in-one server
Included Software
DiskStation Manager (DSM), Cloud Sync, Cloud Station Suite, Hyper Backup, Windows Access Control List, MailPlus, Note Station, Antivirus Essential, iOS/Android applications, Windows Phone applications, Storage Analyzer
Universal Search, Hyper Backup, Active Backup for Server, Backup tool, Cloud Station Suite, Cloud Sync, Virtual Machine Manager, High Availability Manager, Snapshot Replication, MailPlus, Note Station, Storage Analyzer, Security Advisor, iOS/Android applications, Windows Phone applications
What customers say about "Features"
Synology DS418play 4TB NAS Solution
  • The processor is able to transcode and the memory can be upgraded. I've recently upgraded mine to 16GB RAM and it's seriously snappy now.
  • The unit automatically set up the 4 drives using Synology Hybrid RAID, which guarantees data availability.
  • They are expandable and provide RAID protected storage. Set up is very easy.
  • Really like the Synology Hybrid Raid (SHR), it made setup even easier.
  • The thing is super weak in the RAM department.
Synology DS718+ 6TB Desktop NAS Unit
  • I stream movies from it at home with a Roku and it’s flawless!
  • CPU handles streaming and hosting Minecraft with no issues. Streams UHD movies just fine.
  • Easily handles all tasks without maxing out the CPU or RAM.
  • This is a very nice unit, plenty of CPU power and fast disk read/write speeds with good-quality drives installed.
  • Order this to serve as a media storage, plex server, and torrenting machine. Great CPU and RAM.
LAN Speed
1000 Mbps
1000 Mbps
Number of LAN
Number of USB
What customers say about "Interfaces"
Synology DS418play 4TB NAS Solution
  • Bought this thing to use on my home Windows LAN. Good connect.
  • Software is totally reliable and relatively easy to use. Good connect via USB.
  • These Synology units are a rock solid NAS. Great connectivity.
  • Setup and connect was a breeze. Good storage.
  • Get error message "Connection failed. Please check your network and time settings." via LAN.
Synology DS718+ 6TB Desktop NAS Unit
  • Supports external USB drives and the speed is very consistent even when I try to access the files over the internet.
  • Since the USB port is USB type 3, I thought the copy would go pretty quickly.
  • I can copy the whole library to my laptop in a few minutes via USB.
  • So many features and amazing software support. Has 2 LAN and 3 USB. Great!
  • Wish Synology would offer USB-C ports, but USB 3.0 works well.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
3 year(s)
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