The Synology DiskStation DS220 + trumps in the test with its strong performance and can keep up with many more expensive NAS systems. As usual from the manufacturer, the functionality is excellent again and the data backup is surprisingly energy-efficient. There are only noteworthy weak points in the somewhat limited configuration, because the external interfaces in particular are somewhat rare. Therefor there is the reliable Synology DS220 + at a fair price.
Synology DS220 + in the test: dual-core power and reliable transfer rates
The Plus models from Synology are regularly the performance hit in the NAS server test, the Synology Diskstation DS220 + (for price comparison) is no exception. In contrast to its big brother, the DS720 + with a quad-core processor, this Synology model has only one dual core, namely an Intel Celeron J4025 with 2.0 GHz base clock and 2.9 GHz boost, but still delivers top performance – and costs a lot less. As with the other Synology NAS, the DS220 + comes with a somewhat tight 2 GB RAM, which can be expanded to 6 GB.
In our measurement with two hard drives, the transfer rate when reading the data is 112.2 MByte/s, the transfer rate when writing is 106.9 MByte/s. The performance is thus at a high level. The two drive bays with hot swap function can be equipped with 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives, HDD or SSD. According to the manufacturer, the maximum size per volume is 108 Tbytes. However, you cannot use M.2 SSDs for cache acceleration as with the Synology DS720 + (for testing).
More I/O options would be good
As with some of the manufacturer’s devices, the equipment of the Synology DS220 + is a weak point. There are only two USB 3.0 interfaces available for connecting external devices, and in contrast to the DS720 + model, there is also no eSATA function on board. An HDMI interface has also been omitted. Connectivity is ensured by two gigabit network connections (RJ-45). As with many other NAS systems, there is no WiFi.
Various status LEDs on the front provide visual information and the brightness can be regulated. As a rule, you will not need the on / off switch. Scheduled switching on and off as well as automatic waking up of the NAS server when there is activity in the network helps. According to the manufacturer, the noise level during operation is 19.3 decibels, and we give full points in our subjective evaluation of noise pollution. Synology gives a two-year guarantee.
Surprisingly energy efficient
The Synology DS220 + is energy efficient. We measured a power consumption of 12.8 watts in idle mode, and 14.5 watts in operation. This makes the NAS model one of the most economical devices in the test, despite its strong performance. Active energy-saving management also ensures that electricity is not used unnecessarily. The fan strength can also be controlled.
Strong performance at a fair price
The Synology DiskStation DS220 + does not offer everything that the manufacturer’s more expensive models can do, but it is still one of the top devices among NAS systems. As long as you can accept a few empty spaces in the equipment, you will pay a reasonable price. The model is not a real price-performance tip – bargain hunters can use the Synology DS220j – but the price is fair for the performance offered, even compared to its big brother Synology DS720 +.
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Last product update on 2021-07-31 | Source: Amazon Affiliate