QNAP vs Synology – Which is better?

Getting started with network- attached storage is quite easy, likewise to realize the importance of owning one for personal or business purposes. Picking the best NAS for home use or office and business purpose can be tricky and overwhelming at times. Not so overwhelming though. As the network attached storage device ecosystem is dominated by two ‘big boys’ in the industry: sinology and Qnap

When you search for the best NAS for home use, or for any other purpose on the internet. Then there is 99.99% chance that you will stumble upon at least a device from either of the manufacturers. Choosing the best NAS device is not entirely a work which you can breeze through, if you are a newbie, coupled with the fact that you would not want to buy something you intend to use for years without it serving its job.

Below we will compare both platforms under certain aspects and help choose the right NAS device that is best for you.

Plex Media player support

Support for Plex media player is one of the main reason why people buy network attached storages. And then, being among the best, both sinology and Qnap come with support for plex media server. Although Qnap units will transcode your plex media server more effectively than sinology device would. It means that if you are purchasing a NAS device to use with plex media server, then a QNAP product will be best for you.

Operating System

Sinology NAS storages comes with the diskstation manager operating system where as Qnap on the other side is based on an operating system known as QTS OS. The desktop setting/interface of DSM OS shares relatively high semblance with Apple’s MacOS while QNAP’s QTS OS can be compared to windows or android.


Synology’s  DSM operating system has an beginner – friendly interface. All the technical workings of the NAS device are hidden with the OS doing a huge part of the work for users in the background. QNAP on the other side is for technical mind an individual who takes control of their things by their own. Many technical information of the QTM – powered NAS storage are easily accessible as they are very front of the interface. This provides users easily accessible for storage information, file sizes, real time CPU usage, and device temperature among other information with just a tap on the button. Users can tweak settings as per their preference.


It refers as the support for applications. Sinology comes with a lot of built in/ first- hand/ native applications not like QNAP which comes with a few as it is made to function with third- party applications – a lot of them. Sinology boasts of useful applications like documents, slides and spreadsheet. There are also some communication focused apps like sinology chat and mailplus.


Above are the aspects for Synology and QNAP, by reading it you will come to know which one is better. Hope this article solves your entire problem and makes it easy for you to understand the difference between the two.