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Best Cyber Monday NAS deals: Synology, QNAP, WD, Seagate

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DiskStation DS220j review (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

Cyber Monday is here, and that means now is the last chance to pick up storage enclosures at attractive discounts. You'll find plenty of network attached storage (NAS) enclosures that are on sale right now, so if you are looking to build a media server in your home, now is the time to act.

A NAS is ideal if you want to use Plex for streaming your locally-stored media collection to all devices in your home network. You can also seamlessly back up your Windows and macOS machines, and even back up photos from your phones. Whether you're looking to get started with your first NAS enclosure or need to upgrade to a more powerful model, these are the best Cyber Monday NAS deals currently live.

Of course, if you're interested in a new NAS, you will also need hard drives, so be sure to take a look at the best Cyber Monday NAS hard drive deals to pick up storage for your enclosure.

We haven't seen as many new NAS enclosures launching as previous years, and there's a good reason for that. The global semiconductor shortage has affected the NAS category as well, with brands like Synology choosing to limit the introduction of new models. That said, most of the late 2020 launches have gotten exciting discounts, so we're rounding up a list of NAS enclosures that you should take a look at during Cyber Monday.

Best Cyber Monday NAS deals now live

Cyber Monday NAS deals: NAS enclosures

The best home NAS launches from last year continue to be a stellar choice in 2021 — particularly the DiskStation DS920+, a 4-bay server that handles everything from Plex media streaming in 4K to backing up your connected phones and so much more with ease.

There are a few things to consider when you're buying a NAS enclosure. First is the number of drive bays. Most budget models come with a single or two drive bays, and mid-range models have four or more drive bays. If this is the first time you're buying a NAS, my recommendation would be to go with a single or two-bay NAS enclosure.

Cyber Monday NAS deals: Internal HDD

A key factor to consider when buying a NAS is storage. Most NAS enclosures don't come with built-in storage, so you will have to buy hard drives. There are several hard drives custom-built for use in NAS systems, and these are designed to run 24/7 and offer vibration resistance and can last several years.

My go-to choice in this category is Seagate's IronWolf series; I have over 40TB of storage in the form of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives, and they have been rock-solid for over three years. WD's Red Plus is also a good alternative, as is the Red Pro series. Make sure you don't buy drives with SMR tech — always go for NAS hard drives with CMR, as these drives have better long-term reliability.

Cyber Monday NAS deals: Internal SSD

If you don't want to buy a traditional hard drive and instead slot in SSDs, you can do that just as well. Most NAS enclosures have drive bays for 3.5-inch hard drives, but you can just as easily mount a 2.5-inch SSD in these bays. One point to note is that M.2 SSDs aren't usable on most enclosures, so you will have to get SATA SSDs. Samsung leads the market here with its Evo 870 and QVO 870 SSDs, and you can also find great alternatives from Western Digital, SK Hynix, and others. A few decent deals are already live, so if you want to switch away from mechanical drives and use SSDs in your NAS, now is the time to do so.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.