Wondering to do with all those cheap but huge hard drives you've been Covid impulse buying recently? How about NASing them up!?!
This model was released a few months ago and is most commonly compared to the Synology DS920+ which is currently available for $872 if you have ebay+.
Note that the price above includes US$78.23 in shipping etc. and it MAY be possible to reduce that if you have Amazon US Prime? I don't know and only have AUS Prime so would have to pay shipping. Anyway the price just dropped a bit so I decided to write it up as a deal for people to consider.
The price in title is inclusive of GST and delivery charges. There is no Prime free shipping to Australia with this item.
The $A price will vary a bit depending on how you choose to pay for this but so far as I can tell nothing further will be payable. I just took the latest conversion rate but was too scared to try and check out myself as I have 1 click switched on and already own one of these things.
Cheapest local price is currently around $1200 at Skycomp and mwave, making some typical assumptions about shipping. It way well be worth it for you to get local stock depending on your personal preference. My understanding of the US / Amazon warranty situation is it is extremely similar support to what you get in Aus (2 years), but will inevitably be slower if you need to post anything due to shipping.
The power brick comes in 2 parts so you would need to either source an Australian plugged cable to go into the power brick (it looks very standard to me), or just a standard US / AUS adapter. I haven't done this myself so am not a 100% expert on the topic but it's nothing complicated.
Advantages of QNAP:
2 extra bays! Bays are great.
SSD storage can be used for direct access (Synology can only use SSDs for caching)
2.5 Gbe LAN compared to 1 GBE
HDMI 2.0b output lets you plug into a TV or monitor if you want to, compared to no video output on the Synology.
PCIe x2 expansion slot is more powerful than Synology expansion slot.
RAM is very easy to upgrade. 1 RAM module is soldered in place for Synology.
Advantages of Synology:
More popular so guides and tutorials are easier to find.
Comes with 2 SSD expansion slots built in but again, they only work for caching which is pretty hopeless in my opinion.
Synology OS is simpler and more popular than QNAP, but (arguably) allows less control. The most common analogy is Synology = Apple, QNAP = Windows.
And for anyone reading this who suddenly feels compared to say - "NAS hardware is a ripoff and you can buy all this stuff yourself way cheaper any time you like!"; Yeah, we already know. No need for a reminder thanks.