So you’ve filled your PC’s hard drive with massive 4K video files - but how the heck are you supposed to get ‘em on your snazzy UHD TV?

Network Attached Storage might not sound like a sexy solution, but a film- and TV-friendly NAS could be the one-box fix you’ve been looking for.

Synology’s DS216play will handle all all your streaming video needs, plus it’ll back up your photos, music, and all the other files you’d forgotten were still hiding in your Documents folder, so a failed disk doesn’t spell disaster.


The DS216play shows up as a network drive on your PC, so you can drag and drop all your files right onto it - but that’s not even half the story.

Diskstation Manager, Synology’s web-based UI, is more like a mini operating system, with a desktop, standalone apps and a Windows Explorer-style menu system that’ll make it feel instantly familiar.

A handful of apps come pre-installed to get you started, with most having iOS and Android counterparts to add to your phone for easy access. The backup app was, as you’d expect, a delight to use, ensuring your vital files across all your devices are automatically stored for safe keeping, both locally and to the cloud via Google Drive or OneDrive.

Among others in the arsenal are Plex, a downloading app for Torrents and their filthy pirate ilk, and Synology’s own Plex-like Videostation app that presents movies and TV eps in a very Netflix way.

Tech Specs 
2x 3.5in hard disk drives, 16TB max
1x USB3, 1x USB
229x102x178mm, 198g
Stuff says... 

Synology DiskStation DS216play review

Selective 4K video playback means this isn't the ultimate streaming box, but it makes amends with brilliant backup and an outstanding OS
Good Stuff 
The best OS you'll find in a box like this
Setup is easy as pie
4K transcoding (mostly) hits the mark
Bad Stuff 
Some file types are a no-go
HDMI would have been nice
No front-facing USBs