This is one of the easiest and most affordable entries into home NAS we've seen.

Is this deal for me?

The 2-bay Synology DS216play network-attached storage device is down to $179.99 on Amazon. This particular NAS has never dropped below $250 at Amazon. The last time we shared a deal on this device it dropped down to $225 on Newegg, but that was way back in July. This $180 is an all-new low and a great deal.

Part of the reason for this price drop (in addition to the general buzz of November deals and Black Friday on the horizon) is Synology pushing the newer models, including the DS218play. The DS216play might actually be discontinued, since it's out of stock at other retailers, but I don't know that for sure. Either way, you can see the price for the newer version is more than $50 above this one.

If you're unfamiliar with NAS. it's a way for you to create your own media server at home. The DS216play comes with USB 3.0 ports, an ARM CPU, and 1GB DDR3 RAM. It allows you to stream content to any DLNA-certified device in the world. It can work as a backup and even has Cloud Station Backup software to make that easy for both Windows and Mac users.

You can store up to 20TB using two 10TB hard drives, but those also cost more than the price of this device usually. Grab a couple of 3TB WD Red hard drives instead for just $110 a piece. That's a low price for those drives and they're very popular for use with bays like this.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This deal blows the last deal we saw for the DS216play out of the water, and it's been months since we've seen any sort of price drop at all.
  • Things to know before you buy! - A NAS device comes with multiple bays, but you need to buy the hard drives to fill them. The 3TB WD Red hard drives are the best for this situation, and they're only $110 right now.

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Happy Thrifting!