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Synology DiskStation DS415play

Synology DiskStation DS415play
alaScore 95

91 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Synology DiskStation DS415play. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Views about the reliability and size are generally positive. The design and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Synology DiskStation DS415play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 91 reviews)

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Expert review by : Kevin Parrish (

Synology DiskStation DS415play NAS Review


Synology's four-bay DiskStation DS415play NAS is an excellent storage solution for home or small businesses

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Aron Schatz (

Synology DS415play NAS


Synology offers a few different models in each category to go with different use cases. The DS415play is an example of that. Like the DS415+, it is a 4-bay model and has all the bells and whistles of the DSM software suite. What you get with the...

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Nov, 2015

Expert review by : David Murphy (

Synology DiskStation DS415play Review and Ratings


This investment-grade four-bay NAS is easy to use and offers software features galore for neophytes and advanced users alike, not to mention hardware transcoding for multiple streams of 1080p video. (If you don't care about the transcoding, however,...

Great design ; Easy-to-use OS ; Excellent separation of features into "basic" and "advanced" modes ; Good streaming performance and compatibility ; Lots of third-party apps ; Auto-updating and power scheduling

A bit pricey ; Can be noisy (with four drives) ; A touch sluggish, if you really start eating up a lot of the NAS box's resources

Now, at $500 bare, the DiskStation DS415play is fairly expensive—you'll get no argument from us on that score. However, it comes with all the features that most home users are likely to need, even though we found ourselves wishing for some kind of...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Stuart Davidson (

Synology DiskStation DS415play NAS Review


When Synology released their DS214Play last year it quickly became one of their more popular models. Retaining the functionality of the standard range but adding enhanced media capabilities it provided the ideal basis for a media centre… other than for...

Looking first at the build quality and design of the Synology DS415play we have a unit which immediately impresses. It has a solid chassis which will blend in nicely in most environments while still offering that gloss front panel to add a bit of...

Jul, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Gordon Kelly (

Synology DiskStation DS415play


The media lover's four-bay NAS of choice transcodes files on the fly

Smart, minimalist design ; Smooth, well synchronised transcoding ; Intuive setup and stylish UI

Much faster four bay rivals ; Slight price premium

During the setup DSM checks for the latest firmware and lets you specify your username, password and RAID type. It will also automatically configure ‘QuickConnect’ for remote access to your NAS’s content and offers a tutorial once you hit the desktop....

Aug, 2014

Expert review by (

Synology DS415play NAS drive review


Is this the NAS you're looking for?

Huge storage capacity ; Great software ; Unit design

Plasticky build quality ; DSM is browser access only

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Synology DS415play review


Network attached storage is as useful ever - and in the DS415play's case better than ever, too

Four bays for really massive storage ; Great, simple UI ; Loads of apps ; Continuous support from Synology and user community

Will be overkill for many households

Don't let the name fool you - this NAS device takes "play" very seriously

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (

Synology DS415play review


It's expensive, but this 4-bay NAS is quick and will transcode media on the fly

The Synology DS415play is a fantastic, albeit expensive 4-bay NAS. Nonetheless, its processing performance is impressive even if you're not planning on encoding videos on the fly, and its file transfer speeds are equally great. If you don't need four...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : John Taylor (

Synology DS415play NAS review


This is the new DS415play netword-attached storage (NAS drive) unit from Synology. The Play series is designed to fill a gap in the Synology lineup, to cater for home users.

Synology's RRP for the DS415play is £372 and at that price or the inevitably lower real shop prices the company should have a winner on its hands. The competing QNAP TS-469L is faster and has better specifications but is over £100 more expensive. When...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Dong Ngo (

Synology announces DiskStation DS415play, shipping August


Next month, Synology will ship the new DS415play designed to handle full-HD media streaming with built-in media transcoding capability.


Product Specifications


Certification:FCC, CE, BSMI


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (typical):41.95


LED Indicators: Yes

File formats

Video compression format:H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1
Video formats supported:H.264,MPEG2,MPEG4,VC-1


Internal memory:1024
Internal memory type:DDR3


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 40

Other Features


Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (typical):41.95


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor:Intel Atom CE5335
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor model:Intel Atom CE5335


Built-in storage media: No
Card reader integrated: No
Maximum storage capacity:24
Number of hard drives supported:4
Storage drive size:2.5/3.5
Storage media type: No
Supported file systems:ext3, ext4, HFS+, NTFS


Full HD: Yes

Weight & Dimensions