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Synology Disk Station DS420j entry-level NAS review

Synology Disk Station DS420j is an entry-level NAS first presented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. As a NAS (Network Attached Storage) with four hard drive bays, it is also called a 4-bay NAS.

Synology’s DS420j Disk Station is primarily aimed at home users who only need network storage. However, the system offers all the convenience of Synology Diskstation Manager (DSM), and can do much more. Users can install up to four 16TB hard drives, but SSDs can also be used. The system is powered by a four-core processor, which should provide enough power for personal use. With a 1 Gbit/s Ethernet connection and two USB 3.0 ports, the DS420j offers relatively few connections, but the price is also pleasantly low at around 310 euro.

We’ve taken a close look at whether the Synology Diskstation DS420j is worth your while and hope this review will help you make a decision.

Technical specifications

SoC: Realtek RTD1296
1.40 GHz, 4 cores, 4 threads
RAM: 1,024 MB
Hard disk drive slots: 4 (max. 4x 16 TB)
HDD format: 2.5″ & 3.5″
RAID level: Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
I/O ports: 1 × LAN
2 × USB 3.0
Wake on LAN Yes
Encryption: AES-256 (folder- and drive-based)
Fan: 2 × 80 × 80 × 25 mm
(not decoupled)
Power supply unit: 90 Watt (external)
Dimensions (H×W×D): 184.0 × 168.0 × 230.0 mm
Empty weight: 2.21 kg
Price: 310 € (current: € 292.35*)
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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