The Synology DS119j is a new personal cloud network attached storage device for home users. Its perfect for non-techy people and can use a single hard disk up to 14TB.

While we were reviewing the four-bay DS481play, Synology released a DS119j personal cloud, that, on paper at least seems to eclipse other entrants in that space. Why – because Synology is a NAS maker first, and hard disk agnostic.

It uses one disk, it is not a RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks). If that single drive did fail, then you had better have a backup. Fortunately, Synology has auto-backup to almost any cloud. Or buy the DS218j or DS218play 4K two-bay units for RAID and peace of mind. Considering RAID is a buy and forget item that extra expandability may be what you need.

Synology DS119j

Michael Wang, product manager at Synology, said:

There are many users who are not familiar with a NAS yet, nor aware of the benefits of having one at home. DS119j is aimed to be an ideal choice for first-time NAS users with versatile software features, an intuitive user interface, and an affordable price point.

GadgetGuy agrees and does not know what he would have done without a personal cloud server over the past five years.

Why Synology is better?

Synology focus on LAN attached storage. That razor-sharp focus means continual improvements in the Disk Station Manager (DSM) software, more and better apps and extremely simple setup.

Those apps include things like Audio, Photo, Video, IP surveillance camera, backup, and remote access over the internet to your cloud.

In GadgetGuy’s recent review of the DS418play, we identified just how simple it was for a non-technical user and what more you could achieve with a geek-to-you.

Specifications: Synology DS119j

Synology DS119j
CPU Model Marvell Armada 3700 88F3720 Dual-core 800Mhz with hardware encryption
CPU Frequency Dual Core 800 MHz
System Memory 256 MB DDR3L
Drive Bays 1
Compatible Drive Type 3.5″ SATA HDD 2.5″ SATA HDD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 14 TB (14 TB drive x 1)
External Ports 1 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port and 2 x USB 2.0
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm x .7kg (plus drive)
Weight 0.7 kg
Noise Level* 16.9 dB(A)
Warranty 2 Years
Notes Power consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices 50
Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections for PC Clients 5
Maximum IP camera 5 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264) 150 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
120 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
Total FPS (H.265) 30 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Packaging Content Main Unit X 1 Accessory Pack X 1 AC Power Adapter X 1 RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1 Quick Installation Guide X 1
Optional Accessories Surveillance Device License Pack Disk Holder: Type C
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Price Around $175 plus a SATA 600  hard disk