DS411+ Receives Editor's Choice from Storage Review
"The DS411+ is about performance though, and if you want faster speeds, more grunt to handle the background applications, and a more fluid experience, the DiskStation DS411+ does provide many enhancements over the consumer targeted models. The DSM 3.0 software is also a great perk this time around and while it can be installed on any DiskStation from Synology, DSM 3 is far beyond any other NAS interface we've used. "
"There’s a huge amount to like about the Synology DiskStation DS211. Not only is the NAS well made and compact, the DiskStation Manager 3.0 software stands head and shoulders above rivals for not only ease of initial setup but for ongoing use."
TestFreaks Awards Perfect Scores to Both DS211 and DS211j; DS211 Receives Editor's Choice
DS211 - "The new DS211 is an excellent product really and I’m truly amazed at how smoothly everything works. The box only has 256MB of ram on board and it running a 1.6GHZ CPU, but yet the interface is smooth and problem free."
"The new DSM 3.0 interface is truly a pleasure to use, it’s quick and responsive even with several windows open, it works very well."
DS211j - "Synology has once again created a terrific NAS that works seamlessly within a small to moderate size network. Besides being able to operate with Linux, OS X and Windows it functions as an entertainment server through its DNLA enable media backend and built in iTunes server. The Download station allows BTs to run on the DiskStation DS211j without any other computer being on within the network."
"The DSM 3.0 interface makes managing settings and applications on the machine much smoother and simpler for the neophyte NAS user. If you can navigate around Windows then the DSM 3.0 interface should seem quite familiar."
"If you are looking for an affordable first NAS then DS211j is a terrific choice for both the savvy computer user and even the technologically challenged."
"I cannot think of any issues one might have with the unit. It would take a serious number of users to fully tax the hardware; more people than you would typically find at the DS411+'s target market of small to medium-sized businesses."
"In terms of performance, Synology's DS411+ is tough to beat. Both read and write speeds are blazing fast and it can easily handle multiple, simultaneous file transfers. All in all, the unit is consistent with what I've come to expect from Synology – stable, intuitive, flexible, quiet, and easy to set up. The dual 80mm cooling fans were reasonably quiet and the hard drives stayed cool. The feature-rich DSM interface is among the best I've used and Synology frequently releases firmware upgrades and add-on packages to further increase functionality."
"Sure, you can call the DS210j a NAS, as in Network Attached Storage, but it is more like a Network Application Server. Calling the DS210j a plain old NAS is just plain wrong and the feature set is truly incredible. Move over large x86 servers, these new products can do it all."
"Move over other NAS devices, the DiskStation Manager software has you beat. We like to see healthy competition and the DS210j provides just that. The DS210 exceeded our expectations and at $200, this is an excellent price for a feature rich product. It can do everything that any x86 server can do in a smaller size and power envelope. The DS210j is easily an Editor's Choice for the feature set and price. Synology has an excellent product line and the DiskStation Manager wraps it all up in an easy to use interface. Well done."
"Fast performance is a must for a NAS in an office environment, and the DS210+ did not disappoint. File transfers zipped right along with read operations being especially fast, and the unit easily handled various types of requests from multiple clients."
"What really stood out during the testing process were the impressive read speeds demonstrated by the DS210+. Even with multiple files being transferred to and from multiple clients while also streaming video and music, I was getting incredibly fast speeds and the unit handled whatever I threw at it and was ready for more. I can say with confidence that it would have no problems handling the day to day network operations found in a small to medium size business environment."
"Unlike other brands ... Synology stands out in that the company is extremely focused on the task of making storage appliances for this segment of the market - and has a comprehensive lineup of storage products to show for it."
"In a nutshell, I think the features concerning its core competency - that of protecting and managing data, are robust and done very well."
DS210+ Receives Awesome Hardware Award from Techware Labs
"I had high hopes for the Synology DS210+, and I was not disappointed. The big selling point on this device is the software. It is user friendly, feature rich, and comprehensive. If you were to measure this device by the amount of software, and hardware it replaces, its astounding."
"At it’s base level a NAS (or Network Attached Storage) is an external hard drive connected through an Ethernet port to your entire network. On its own that has amazing possibilities, but Synology has taken it above and beyond."
DS210+ Receives 9/10 Rating and Recommended Award from TestFreaks
"The DS210+ is a great NAS box for both home and business users, it’s easy to setup and most people should have no problems accessing, sharing and storing files on it."
"The new Synology DS210+ is truly a great product in all respects. It offers much that a business can appreciate, especially the on-board hardware based 256bit encryption for an extra level of security."
DS410j Earns StorageReview.com's Editor's Choice Award
"With a great user interface and more options and settings than most users will need, the Synology DiskStation DS410j offers a load of features at a reasonable price. We find it to be a great alternative to Windows Home Server, especially for those who want to get more out of the NAS and enjoy tinkering with the advanced features of the Synology."
We Got Served Praises DS210j's Tiny Footprint, Powerful Features
"What do I think about the DS210j? For what it is designed, very nice. It is almost dead silent, which is always a good feature to have."
"Where a device like this really shines is in the software. There is an excellent feature set to be had, as it is essentially the same software package that is used for the SMB and Enterprise units, albeit tailored for the DS210j. It can deliver the goods in much the same way as a Windows Home Server."
"If you are looking for a basic NAS device for home use that includes a wealth of software capabilities, you just might want to take a good look at the DS210j. And at a bit over $200 (without drives), it won’t take a large bite out your pocketbook."
Synology DiskStation DS110j received the "Budget Buy" award and the highest 5-star rating from expertreviews.co.uk, the U.K.
"The DS110j has the same web configuration interface as its more expensive counterparts, which is a good thing since it not only looks slick but feels responsive too."
"At this price, the DiskStation is packed with a surprising number of features and is quick at transferring files. It's excellent value and leaves other, similarly priced NAS devices and enclosures in the dust."
Xbit Labs: DS210j and DS410j "Set a new level of Performance for entry-level NASes."
"Our tests suggest that Synology remains the leader of the home NAS market. We especially like the constantly improving firmware which is released regularly in newer versions for multiple models. For example, the current version (DSM 2.3) can be installed even on the 3-year-old CS-407. We don’t often see other manufacturers take such great care of the end-user."
"Typical of Synology’s products, these models are of highest quality, cute design and broad functionality."
NetworkWorld Bestows Perfect 5/5 Rating on DS1010+
"This device is not only a work horse in terms of what it can do (its list of features is more or less identical to the RS409+ except for the number of bays and dimensions), but it is also remarkably small and amazingly fast!"
"Naked (that is, without drives installed), the DS1010+ is priced at around $1,000 and with five 1TB drives (called the DS1010+ 5100) it is available for just over $1,700. The DS1010+ earns every decipoint of the score of 5 out of 5 I hereby bestow upon it.
"I continue to be very impressed with Synology's small business storage products, and the new DS1010+ is no exception. In fact, it elevates my opinion even more. This feature-packed, speedy, and remarkably affordable five-bay storage array supports just about every file sharing protocol available, can scale up to 20TB of raw storage, can be expanded on the fly, and has a great GUI."
"The Web-based GUI is better than just about every enterprise-level storage management app, and offers a staggering array of services."
"…the DS1010+ hits over 100MBps over NFS from the same host. That's impressive all by itself, but to get that kind of performance on a five-spindle array that costs less than $1,000 (without disk) is amazing."
"In short, it's just chock full of features that are likely to satisfy users of any level of sophistication."
Geek.com Praises DS210j "Great software and tons of features."
"One of the best things about Synology is the community. If you have a question, don’t worry, someone has had that same problem already. They have a community forum and a wiki that should answer all your queries, no matter how geeky."
"Synology’s DS210j ended up being a great NAS. It remained competitive in all the areas where Synology’s previous DiskStation’s have been strong while offering great software and tons of features."
"In the case of the DS410j we are pleased to inform you that every role for which we tested the DS410j was done and implemented flawlessly. In fact after a thorough look through the menus we have found that the software demonstrates surprising foresight into your needs.
The quality of the unit itself is superb and the thought behind the engineering and design is apparant the moment we began to investigate the Desk Station further. Software updates come out on a regular basis supporting new features and bringing new life to those already present. Considering the value the DS410j represents to small businesses, home users, and home office’s in addition to the excellent quality of the software and hardware the DS410j easily qualifies for our top honor the Editors Choice Award."
Synology DiskStation DS509+ received the Best Buys award from PC World website, Australia.
"Though competing against NAS devices equipped with 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz processors, the DiskStation DS509+(1.06GHz) performed remarkably well in the benchmark tests."
"Put simply, the DiskStation DS509+ delivers great bang for your buck when it comes to performance."
"If the comparatively low price point isn't enough to entice, the fast performance, comprehensive features and iPhone compatibility should certainly give home and business users alike reasons to consider the DiskStation DS509+."
"In the end, this is a great choice for a starter NAS if you are new to them or are just looking for something that won't break the bank. For the price you won't find a better network storage solution out there."
Synology DiskStation DS410j received the "Recommended" award from TrustedReviews.com, U.K.
"The Synology DiskStation DS410j isn't just feature packed, nor does it just offer great performance. Rather, it does both of these things at an affordable price point and that's certainly worthy of accolade."