The most important factors of any NAS enclosure for Plex are the drive bays and processor. So long as it’s an Intel CPU with decent hardware transcode support, you’re good to go. The Synology DiskStation DS220+ is one of our favorite NAS for the home and it makes an equally brilliant starter NAS for Plex, but the TerraMaster F5-221 beats it thanks to its impressive five-bay array.
Both are one sale for Prime Day.
You really cannot beat the price of the TerraMaster F5-221, which is why it’s our top pick for a Plex NAS this Prime Day. It has a dual-core Intel Celeron J3355 processor that can boost up to 2.5GHz and is more than enough for some transcoding on Plex. (Just make sure you have Plex Pass.
The five drive bays can handle up to 80TB of data, should you be able to pack it full of 16TB drives. There are 2GB of RAM pre-installed, but this can be bumped to 6GB with an additional 4GB module. Running Plex on a server with these specifications is a good place to start. So long as most of your content is supported by recipient hardware (TVs, PCs, phones, etc.) you shouldn’t have any issues.
Save even more with this two-bay Synology NAS
If you want to save even more money on a NAS for Plex, Prime Day has the Synology DiskStation DS220+ discounted to just $228. It’s a two-bay NAS, which cannot be expanded using external units, so you’re limited to just 32TB capacity (16TB if you take into account RAID for data redundancy). But it runs Synology’s DSM OS, which is the best in the business.
The Synology DiskStation DS220+ is one of our favorite NAS enclosures. It’s also the best NAS for home and a contender for best value NAS for Plex. The Intel processor is good enough for 4K playback, but only just. Like the TerraMaster F5-221, it can start to struggle if you need to transcode media, more so when multiple people are using it.
The DS220+ is better for those who are looking to buy their first NAS for the home or office. Configuring file storage in Synology’s DSM OS is super easy and takes a few minutes. If you’re not a fan of TerraMaster’s OS offering or want something from Synology, this is about as good as you can get right now for Prime Day.
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