Today Synology's DiskStation range can't truly be described as 'NAS' products any more -- they are full blown servers that can handle everything from Cloud based storage to 4K UHD transcoding. Today's subject, the DiskStation DS216+, is Synology's latest two-bay device which is currently retailing for $300.
This mid-range two-bay model is designed to bridge the pricing gap between the DS716+ ($450) and DS216 ($280). As such you find twice the memory of the DS216 but half that of the DS716+, while the SoC has been upgraded from the Marvell Armada 385 of the DS216 to the dual-core Intel Celeron N3050.
An exciting feature of the DS716+ which has been handed down to the DS216+ is support for the more modern BTRFS, B-tree file system, making this the cheapest Synology device to support it. For this review we'll compare the performance between EXT4 and BTRFS while also checking out the new features offered by Synology's latest DiskStation Manager 6.0 Beta software.