Synology DS119j: Affordability combined with functionality

Having to access your files while on-the-go has always been something that everyone needs. With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we tend to stress about having to access our files wherever we go. Again, we think that purchasing network-attached storage (NAS) would be quite expensive and wouldn’t be quite worth the money. This is where the Synology DS119j comes in.


Introduced early October 2018, we got our hands on one around December and we’ve couldn’t be more grateful for it. The Synology DS119J rocks a single drive bay, sporting a plastic white chassis. Furthermore, this comes equipped with Synology’s amazing DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, and easily installable apps and services that can be installed just like any other smartphone device.


The Synology DiskStation  DS119J is designed to be glossy white with ABS plastic broken by a dark grey vertical panel on the front that holds the power button and three indicator LEDs: Status, LAN and Disk Activity. While the rear panel is mainly dominated by the grill for the cooling fan and the 2 USB 2.0 ports along with the 1GbE Ethernet port. We also see the Kensington Security Slot at the left of these ports.


On both side panels of the Synology DS119j enclosure, we see the logo etched into them, serving both aesthetic and better airflow functionality.

Upon sliding the Synology DiskStation DS119J open, we are greeted by the drive bay. Straight out of the box, the two fixing screws aren’t placed but Synology includes them in the bundle.

Synology DiskStation DS119J DSM

In order to test the DiskStation DS119J, we used the version 6.2.1 (6.2.1-23824) of the DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS.  Synology gradually updates it at different intervals to add more features and apps.

After keying in the username and passwords that you set, you are greeted by the basic start page with four listed items; Package Center, Control Panel, File Station and DSM Help. The upper-left hand bar opens a window with more advanced menu choices than the basic one.

Clicking on the upper-right hand icon opens the System Health and Resource Monitor widgets.

Setting it up is pretty easy and even a non-technical person would just need to follow the steps as you find your Synology by setting it up at this link.


Synology was kind enough to supply us with a 4TB Seagate IronWolf drive (ST4000VN00, 5,900rpm, 64MB cache) to test on the unit.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

Using ATTO Disk Benchmark to test a manufacturer’s controllers, hard drives and SSD drives and ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Our Synology DiskStation DS119J registered Sequential speeds at 120.53MB/s for reads and 112.62MB/s for writes.

Real Life Tests

To be able to run real-life tests, we used a series of different folders and file combinations to come up with the read and write performance results of the NAS. Using TeraCopy to get MB/s and time taken for each transfer.

The following files consisted of :

  • 100GB data files
  • Windows ISO Image
  • 350GB Steam folder: 91,849 Files, 5013 Folders
  • 50 random files folder: 22,372 Files


The Synology DiskStation DS119J has been around for quite some time now. We have been using it for quite some time now and it hasn’t faltered in performance. In order for them to keep costs at PHP6, 499 they managed to use a couple of USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 or 3.1 ports. This device currently supports drives up to 14TB and the maximum supported volume size has risen from 16TB to 108TB based from its previous DS115J model.

A lot of people do not see the usability of a single bay NAS. This has been the best friend of our 3 writers currently as the files are readily available anytime. The only drawback we found was that it didn’t support data protection. This is one of the best priced NAS in the market. Especially for those who want to test it out first and don’t want to bother with RAID settings. Moreover, the DSM OS makes it an ideal tool for those dedicated jobs in an office or even home networks.

A friendly reminder from us – always keep your data backed up at all times.


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