These are the best NAS deals you'll find this Black Friday

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Network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures are small servers that allow you to do some incredible things at home and in the office. Whether you plan to create and run a media server using Plex Media Server or manage a file storage solution, a NAS enclosure is precisely what you require. The thing is, it’s easy to buy the wrong NAS.

There are so many models to choose from, and multiple vendors offer similar enclosures at varying price points. This does mean you can score some deals on new enclosures, especially as we move towards the end of the year. We’re here to help you make the right decision and save some money in the process.

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS | $79 off at Amazon

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This Western Digital NAS is quite the enclosure. It may appear to be slightly more expensive than other offerings, but it comes with hard drives already installed and ready to go. There’s also a dual-core processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM. It can run Plex and other services to create a smart hub at home.

$379 at Amazon

Best NAS deals available now:

  • Best NAS for Black Friday: From $379
  • More info: Getting the best NAS deals for you
  • What about Plex? What to look for
  • Best NAS hard drives: From $60

Choosing the best NAS involves a few factors, namely price, processor, and the number of drive bays. The better the processor, the more drive bays available, and advanced features like 10Gb networking can inflate prices quickly. Whatever you happen to be looking for in a NAS, we’ve rounded up some of the best enclosures available on offer right now.

Today’s best NAS deals

But if you do have an idea as to what you plan on using the NAS enclosure for, we’ve compiled lists of the best NAS for your home and what to look for if you’re trying to set up a NAS for Plex. There’s something here for everyone!

Best NAS deals for Black Friday

The best NAS for Home starts off as the most affordable NAS you can buy. The more budget-friendly enclosures aren’t anything special but allow you to configure everything to your liking and have a NAS up and running. More pricey NAS options here come rocking faster processors, more RAM, and drive bays.

TerraMaster F5-421 NAS | $90 off at Amazon

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This is a well-equipped NAS with an Intel Apollo J3355 processor, 2GB of expandable RAM, and two Gigabit LAN ports on the rear. If you want to set up a file server, backup storage, or media server, this is a good place to start.

$380 at Amazon

QNAP TS-451D2-4G NAS | $13 off at Amazon

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If you’re looking for the best value NAS from QNAP, look no further than the TS-451D2. It has four drive bays, an Intel processor, and everything you need to set up your very first home NAS.

$486 at Amazon

Getting the best NAS deal for you

Scoring the best deal is one thing, but getting the right deal for you is incredibly important. We want you to spend your money wisely. There’s no point buying a NAS that won’t be able to do what you need it to, just because it’s the enclosure with the steepest price drop. This is why we recommend NAS enclosures based on specs and then price.

It’s important to decide what you want to use the NAS enclosure for. Once you’ve got that sorted, price is then a factor to consider, allowing you to stick to a limit. If you’re not comfortable paying out for a more expensive NAS at full price, there’s no reason why you should pay a similar amount for one that’s discounted.

NAS enclosures are usually priced well, depending on the processor, drive bays, and other specifications. But when we’re enjoying big events like Black Friday, retailers will use all kinds of tactics to make you think a deal is better than it is. Be wary of prices that are inflated to appear like deals. We use tools like CamelCamelCamel that help us spot great deals, and you should use them too.

What about Plex?

Choosing the best NAS for Plex is a little more tricky since the processor becomes vastly more important, if not the most important, deciding factor. If you plan on storing and streaming 4K content, you’ll need to make sure your recipient devices (TV, consoles, PCs, etc.) support the same format your media is saved in. If not, the NAS will need to transcode it, which requires considerable performance. These NAS will be able to handle 4K transcoding.

Best Black Friday NAS hard drive deals

You could install some old desktop-class hard drives inside a NAS enclosure and call it a day, but that wouldn’t work well. Hard drives used in desktop PCs simply aren’t designed to run continuously and be hammered by countless users. It could work, but you’ll likely run into reliability issues.

Hard drives designed specifically for NAS come rocking some advanced features, which is reflected in the price. These drives come rocking advanced features like vibration protection and better components that can withstand lots of data being read and written. Since it’s Black Friday, you can find some of these drives on sale right now, like the massive 6TB Seagate IronWolf for $156. There are yet more advanced NAS drives, like the Western Digital Red Pro series, which cost more but come with faster motors and additional features.

Seagate IronWolf Pro 125 SSD 480GB

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$110 at Amazon

Seagate’s IronWolf Pro SSD range is incredibly fast compared to NAS mechanical drives. This 480GB drive can hit data transfer rates of up to 545MB/s. It’s also quiet, and there are no moving parts. The only drawbacks are price and lack of capacity.

Western Digital Red Pro 4TB

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$138 at Amazon

The Western Digital Red Pro series comes rocking 7200RPM motors for faster data transfer speeds and is available in capacities ranging from 2TB to 14TB with support for up to 24 bays.

Toshiba N300 12TB

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$295 at Amazon

Toshiba’s NAS drive range is pricey but well worth the investment. These drives are built with NAS in mind and are perfect for 24/7 operation. They have a reliability rating of 180TB per year and sport 7200RPM motors. If you want among the best drives, this is one of them.

Seagate IronWolf 6TB

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$183 at Amazon

Seagate IronWolf is one of our favorite range of NAS drives, rocking slightly slower 5600RPM motors, but comes with 256MB of cache and is rated to run continuously. They’re also pretty affordable, with this 6TB capacity drive coming in at $156.

Seagate IronWolf Pro 4TB

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$140 at Amazon

The IronWolf Pro series is similar to Western Digital’s offering in that you get faster drives with better support for NAS deployment. You’ll be able to throw numerous of these drives into an enclosure and expect excellent performance.

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