More affordable products are finding their way to the market all the time, however you should be wary with some of them. For example, one of the cheapest 4-bay NAS devices available right now is the Promise NS4300N SmartStor at just $290. I made the terrible mistake of purchasing this product because of the attractive price point alone. The result was average performance, worsened by a nightmarish setup procedure and overall poor functionality that was plagued with issues. Turned out it was not only the cheapest, but also the worst 4-bay NAS device money could buy.
Then late last year Synology seemingly answered our cries with a pair of "budget-friendly" NAS solutions. The 4-bay model, known as the DS410j, is currently retailing for $370, so it's not much more expensive than the Promise SmartStor we disliked so much. It's also about $70 cheaper than their DS409 and costs $230 less than the DS409+. But will it be able to meet home users' ever-growing and evolving storage needs? We hope we can answer that for you.
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