Nowadays, you will not surprise anyone with network storage at home. NAS is most often used for storing backups, downloading torrents, for convenient file sharing within the network, for uploading photos from a smartphone, for playing music tracks and video files on smart TV, and so on. If, when looking at the price tag of ready-made solutions from Synology, you lose the desire to acquire a personal cloud, and you don’t want to assemble it yourself, then it makes sense to look at much more affordable options with Aliexpress.

NasiCloud A1

Pretty compact solution for organizing network storage. Device dimensions: 58 x 58 x 17 mm with a weight of 36 g. An external hard drive or flash drive is connected to the USB 2.0 connector. You can connect several drives at once if you use an externally powered USB hub.

The NAS is powered by a Micro-USB connector, and a 100 Mbps LAN port is used to connect to the router, which is quite slow, but this is a very entry-level solution.

AirDisk Q1

Another low budget and slow NAS with USB 2.0 and 100 Mbps LAN. This model is even more compact than the previous one: 57 x 57 x 17 mm and weighs 35 g. Q1 is equipped with a 1-core processor with a frequency of 1 GHz and 256 MB of RAM.

Up to 10 simultaneous connections are supported, but you definitely shouldn’t expect high file transfer speeds in this scenario.

AirDisk Q2

The Q2 NAS is only slightly more expensive than the previous model, but it has much faster interfaces: USB 3.0 and 1 Gbps LAN. The processor this time is 2-core, also operates at a frequency of 1 GHz, the amount of RAM is 1 GB DDR3.

Of the minuses — all the connectors are located on one end, which may not be very convenient. Device dimensions: 70 x 70 x 16 mm.

NasiCloud H2

H2 is a device that combines the functions of a NAS and a 2.5″ hard drive enclosure. An HDD or Sata SSD with a thickness of no more than 9 mm is placed inside, and data can be accessed via USB 3.0 (speed up to 400 MB / s) and via LAN 100 Mbps.

H2 dimensions are 131 x 84 x 14.5mm and empty weight is 150g.

Hikvision H99 Pro

H99 Pro allows you to connect both 3.5″ HDD and 2.5″ HDD/SSD, but not both. Hard drives up to 12TB are supported. Of the connectors — USB 3.0, LAN 1 Gb / s and a DC 12V 1.5A power connector.

Thanks to the USB 3.0 connector, the device can be used not only as a NAS, but also as a hard drive docking station. The device has a mass of 315 g and dimensions of 142 x 75 x 77 mm.


All-in-one device from SSK. Out of the box, a 2.5 ″ hard drive with 1 TB or 2 TB is installed inside the case. In addition, under the case there is a WiFi module and a 4000 mAh battery for autonomous operation, so the device can be used even on the road.

WiFi connection speed — up to 300 Mbps. The USB 3.0 connector makes it possible to connect flash drives and other external drives, so you can increase the amount of memory in the NAS.

Airdisk Q3X

Q3X contains 1 slot for a 3.5″ hard drive. The device is equipped with a 2-core processor with a frequency of 1.26 Hz and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM.

On the back side there is a gigabit LAN, USB Type-B (for connecting to a PC in external HDD mode) and a regular USB Type-A 3.0 (for connecting additional drives to the NAS). Dimensions Q3X — 176 x 124 x 46 mm with a weight of 0.7 kg.

Hikvision H100

H100 is the only budget NAS with 2 2.5″ HDD slots. The H100 boasts a stylish chassis with a built-in anti-vibration stand, which should have a positive effect on the durability of the hard drives used.

The device weighs 0.73 kg and measures 175 x 124 x 91 mm. Supports «thick» hard drives up to 5 TB inclusive, so the total capacity of the NAS can be 10 TB. There are USB 2.0 and 3.1 connectors and even a slot for SD memory cards, which will further increase the volume of your home cloud.

The considered instances will not replace professional solutions, but they are several times cheaper and are quite suitable for the home. The most budget solutions with USB 2.0 and 100 Mbps LAN can be taken for testing or as a second NAS in the house for specific tasks. Solutions with USB 3.0 and a gigabit LAN port are suitable for regular use, including high-bitrate 4K video playback.


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