Synology DS212j NAS Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅15-11-11
Conclusion

It was only yesterday we were looking at the Synology DS212 and today we look to its sibling the DS212j. Whilst it may be designed for home and small office use the DS212j delivers great performance and a plethora of useful features. Though it’s deemed to be Synology’s cheaper solution in the series it doesn’t lack in quality or functionality.

Suprisingly the fan within DS212j operates with lower noise output than the DS212. It also has better power efficiency than the superior model just above it.

As we have found in the past, Synology’s DSM Operating System outstanding. Navigating its interface is easy and just taking a brief overview of what is on offer leaves you in no doubt that the DS212j and its DSM operating system is capable of assisting you in any task you might want to undertake. DSM is an extensive operating system and it remains a significant highlight of Synology’s NAS lineup, its feature-set puts the user in total control and offers numerous useful elements such as Media Server, Audio Station, Photo Station, Download facilities, Mail Server, Surveillance Station via IP cameras and much more.


Earlier in the review I showed the possibilities that DS Audio presents – with this particular feature I was able to sync my mobile phone with the DS212, playing music files found on the NAS. This gives us many options – one such option would be to have the phone attached to a docking station with speakers, playing music on the DS212j. Perfect for those occasions when friends or family need entertaining. This is only one such suggestion, there are many avenues to take.

Priced at £165inc VAT (GBP) the DS212j is a great value for money option. Never has there been a time when the opportunity to own a NAS has been so attractive. Though there are some shortcomings – albeit, slight niggles. As I outlined with the DS212 – the DS212j also lacks the ability to use SATA 3 drives. Since this unit will populate 2012 and many users are investing in SATA 3, our NAS should really accommodate this standard of drive.

Pros
+ Affordable NAS solution
+ Excellent performance
+ Feature rich Operating System
+ Support for 2.5” SSD

Cons
- No SATA 3 support
- Swapping drives means taking unit apart




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