"This model is the fastest NAS server that I have come across. The intuitive DSM interface is simple enough for the beginner to use yet powerful and customizable for the advanced user. The installation of software aka packages allows the Synology DS713+ do lots of heavy lifting. The Synology package center offers apps ranging from multimedia control, file management, backup, productivity, security and surveillance. It has the ability to transfer files at lightning fast speeds while performing these other multiple functions."
Synology further distanced itself from the competition in the standalone NAS market this year. Respondents gave the company an excellent overall satisfaction rating of 9.2, up from 2012's 8.7. Overall reliability improved from 9.0 to 9.4 and likelihood to recommend went from 8.9 to 9.2. In addition, Synology was the only NAS provider to receive ratings of 9.0 or above for satisfaction as a file server, for storing photos, music, videos, and for backing up home computers. The competition has its work cut out
The Synology DX513 is a great add-on product and one that gives more options for expansion and performance than it might seem on the surface. We were and are quite happy with the DX513 that we added to our Lab Storage and can see where the Synology Eco System would fit into many business models quite well. With its combination of quality, ease of use and performance we are happy to award the DX513 from Synology with our Gold Key Award.
The Synology is a very good unit with lots of software available to do anything from manage ip security cameras to run your small business network and back up your files to an offsite location. A great tool in my toolbox of digital life. I find no negatives, only positives with the Synology DS 1512+ …bravo, Synology – 11 stars.
The DS1812+ offers some advanced hardware features such as dual Ethernet ports and expandability. However, it's the DSM software that places this NAS server above much of the competition.
As with other Synology units we've reviewed, configuration and setup of the DS1812+ was easy, swapping between our various configurations for testing required little effort. The DSM software continues to be the most comprehensive around in the NAS space and Synology continues to enhance both the features and usability of the system.
The Synology DS1812+ is a great 8-bay NAS unit with solid performance, easy-to-use management and consistent reliability.
This model offers a brilliant combination of broad functionality, high performance and low power consumption. It supports HDD hot-swap, and most importantly comes at a reasonable price.