Synology DS723+: the most complete home NAS we’ve ever tested

Synology DS723+, home NAS review

Synology has a new member in its family of storage solutions. Its about new DiskStation DS723+a compact storage device aimed at home and small business environments that has pleasantly surprised us for its incredible performance, but also for the expansion possibilities it offers in such a compact body.

If you want a NAS, let it be this

More and more advanced users are interested in network storage systems (NAS), since the possibilities they offer go beyond saving files that will be accessible from anywhere in the world. Synology is one of the most important manufacturers in this sector, and the ecosystem of applications and devices that it has set up is such that it is very difficult not to be tempted to get hold of one of them. Well then, with this new DS723+ it will be practically impossible to look away.

Its compact design, excellent construction and its versatility when it comes to starting to use it, make it a great option not only for home users, but also also for small businesses who need a network storage drive with not a lot of storage but a lot of tools.

What the DS723+ offers

Synology DS723+, home NAS review

we are before a 2-bay NASthat is, it has two holes to connect two hard drives where we can store all our data, but it also hides two slots for NVMe Gen 3 drives in its lower areawhich allows files to be available more quickly, not only at the cache level, but also as an independent storage unit where files that require maximum speed can be stored.

These are the characteristics of the DS723+:

CPU AMD Ryzen R1600
Frequency 2-core 2.6 (base) / 3.1 (turbo) GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Memory 2 GB DDR4 (Pre-installed)
memory slots Maximum 2 x 16 GB drives (32 GB total)
bays 2 HDDs
Possibility of expansion? 5 extra bays with the Synology DX517
NVMe slots 2 slots for 2280 drives
Compatible drives 3.5″ SATA HDD
M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
ethernet ports 2 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN with Failover / Link Aggregation support
USB 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
PCIe expansion port 1 x Gen3 x2 Network Upgrade Slot
Measures 166mm x 106mm x 223mm
Weight 1.51kg
Energy consumption 21.07W (Access)
8.62 W (HDD hibernation)

don’t stay behind

Synology DS723+, home NAS review

One of the details that we liked the most about the Synology DS723+ is that it has an amazing upgrade capacity. Beyond being able to change the hard drives by changing one for the other (typical in NAS when you want to expand capacity), This unit allows you to connect two NVMe memories that will provide us with a huge speed increase, although it is important to point out that the DSM system cannot be installed directly on these memories.

On the other hand, there is also the possibility to connect an optional 10 GbE Ethernet module that multiplies the speed of access to the NAS, allowing you to enjoy extremely fast network connection speeds (considering that it already has two integrated GbE ports). The PCIe connection slot is hidden under the screw cover next to the Ethernet ports.

These details allow the system to be updated in the future, receiving great improvements in aspects such as disk reading performance and data transmission speed.

What can I do with this NAS?

Synology DSM 7

The possibilities offered by Synology NAS are vast, but in this case, the excellent performance of the DS723+ allows us to bring a wide range of options to life with great performance. Below we will list many of the functions that we can keep running on the NAS:

Plex Server

One of the most demanded packages within Synology NAS is Plex, since it allows us to create a media server in a few steps. The advantages of the DS723+ is that its AMD Ryzen R1600 processor allows you to handle multimedia content with total ease, however, the absence of integrated graphics could take its toll when it comes to transcoding files. If you’re a user who relies heavily on Plex, try selecting the direct playback option to avoid the workload to the NAS, or you’ll notice hitches and stops in native 4K content that needs to be converted to lower resolutions. In general, the system behaves wonderfully, yes.

Synology Drive

Synology Drive

imagine power build your own cloud in which to save all your files, allow access to third parties and even edit documents and slides remotely. You can do all of this with the Synology Drive package, being able to create folders to manage with a team of collaborators and manage access to other folders hosted on other Synology servers.

Synology Photos

Synology Photos

Since Google Photos stopped offering unlimited space for free, many users have been looking for a reliable and secure option to save all their digital photos. Synology Photos enables just that, as it you will be able to store all your photos, ordered in a temporary line and activating the possibility of making an automatic backup from your phone so that your photos are always saved on your NAS.

This tool allows you to store, categorize and share all your personal photos and videos, making it an incredible tool to keep all your memories well organized.

Synology Survival Station

Synology Survival

Creates your own video surveillance system using IP cameras that will store everything captured in the storage space of your NAS. This tool allows you to manage recordings, create your own monitoring panel and create intelligent alerts based on what is happening in front of the camera. In addition, you will be able to include cameras that accept the RTSP transmission protocol, so you will be able to use many models on the market, and even an IP camera that you have at home.

Is the Synology DS723+ worth it?

Taking into account that its price is around 550 euros (without hard drives), the general trend when buying a NAS is that it is a significant investment. But taking into account the versatility and the long future that awaits you with its expansion possibilities, we believe that this is a unit that should be taken into account, whether you are a home user (advanced) or a small business.

Its excellent noise level, build quality, and incredible DSM operating system interface make this Synology drive an ideal NAS solution for all types of users.

This analysis is an article sponsored by Synology, which has given us the product so that we can test it and comment on its main novelties. You can read our editorial ethics in the link that we leave you below.

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