Review in Brief: Synology DiskStation 1019+

The DiskStation 1019+ is the updated NAS unit released by Synology earlier this February 2019. It was mainly advertised as a mid-tier Synology Plus NAS model that integrates singular unit features with that of more scalable and expandable medium-business models.

As such, the 1019+ is the direct successor to the highly popular 918+, both in certain specs and in intended function. Indeed, many of 1019+’s innards are basically the same with 918+, and are as follows:


CPU Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz
Drive Bays up to 5
Drive types 3.5 or 2.5 in SATA HDD/SSD (for Bay drives)
M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD (for cache drive)
External ports USB 3.0 (x2)
eSATA (x1)
Gigabit (x2)
AC input voltage 100/240V
Size 166 x 230 x 223 mm
Weight 2.54 kg
Operating temp 0~40 °C (32~104 °F)
Storage temp -20~60 °C (-5~140 °F)
File System Btrfs, ext4 (internal)
Btrfs, ext3, ext4, exFAT, FAT, NTFS, HFS+
Networking protocol AFP, FTP, SMB, NFS, SSH, SNMP, iSCSI,
Telnet, WebDAV, CalDAV, ​VPN
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1
max resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160)
maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30

Build and Design

The standard black-box-plus-forward-trays design is what you would more or less expect from the 1019+, as with all other NAS models from the same product line. Because it is similarly built for small-scale applications, its size can fit nicely onto any desk or workstation, even when expanded with an additional extension unit.

The unit status along with drive number indicators are shown nice and clean at front. The rest of the other ports with the exception of one standard USB port, are placed then in the back. Cache SSDs are also accessible from its underside, as with its predecessors with similar form factors.

Overall Performance

The lossless media data transfer performance of the 1019+ is solid as usual. It is a very reliable NAS unit for when transcoding 4K video data for various software editing purposes. Even when done in real-time. The SSD cache once again takes its function as a NAS unit to the next level. It allows the unit to offload its data transfer buffer into a dedicated drive, instead of having to use one of the five primary drives, which significantly increases data transfer speeds and reliability.

Lastly, the DiskStation Manager OS provides peak performance yet again through efficiency with the 1019+ as expected.

Go for 1019+ or 918+?

As mentioned earlier, the 1019+ is very much like the older 918+, in design, specs, and target application. People often ask whether an upgrade to the 1019+ would really be necessary, or if it is possible to shave a few dollars off your NAS purchasing budget in order to use what essentially is a similar model.

The argument boils down to overall package. Equate what you might eventually need with the unit’s cost.

The main, and probably the most important distinct difference of the 1019+ to the 918+ is that it is directly scalable. Using a DX517 expansion unit, an additional five (5) more drives can be added, bumping it up to ten (10) total on the overall system of the 1019+. This is what is often pointed as the deal-breaker unit. If you expect that would need larger data storage capacities for your small business or home integrated system in the near future, throwing in the few extra bucks to prepare a 1019+ for the eventuality may perhaps be the better deal.

However, another key difference is the 8GB default RAM on the 1019+. Probably not a deal-breaker for most target consumers of these small-scale NAS drives, but the option to expand later from 4 to 8, instead of just it being 8 by default, might bring them back closer to the relatively more affordable 918+.

Again, this comes down to if you would actually require the extra specs. If not, stick to the 918+. But if you think you might need the upgrade, then take on the investment and choose the more updated and recently released 1019+.

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