Synology DS216 (with DSM 6.0) Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅06-04-16
Conclusion

Its clearly evident why Synology hold such a strong position in the home and SMB NAS marketplace. This prolific brand focus all of their expertise in both the hardware and software aspects of their product development.

When examining the building blocks to success in the NAS arena the hardware aspect is perhaps regarded as a secondary entity while the software predominately takes centre-stage. Acquiring hardware isnt difficult, but designing and intuitive, all-encompassing software suite is where many fall by the wayside, but not so for Synology. Their very latest DSM 6.0 is testament to the brands acute awareness to software development having only entered the beta stages some six months ago, the final release is now freely available to the public. The brand constantly innovative with this development and they certainly do not stand still, which is perhaps an indicator to their success.


Weve seen DSM change over the years and the latest version reveals a consistently strong software suite which translate to a very positive NAS experience. Regardless of whether youre a home or business user there are a plethora of tools and options available which will cover a vast range of uses/activities. In this review weve tested out the Video Station and Photo Station two packages which are probably quite popular amongst home users. Both packages are easy to set up and configure and as weve shown on the previous pages via video, mobile devices can be used to view multimedia files; so you dont necessarily have to be sat at a computer to view such content.

The only criticism wed perhaps flag up is the lack of progression with NAS specifications compared to previous generations. Wed ideally like to see a slight bump in performance and a USB 3.0 port at the front rather than USB 2.0.

DS216 is currently priced at 209 GBP / $290 USD which represents decent value for money considering the build quality, hardware features on offer and extensive software suite. Were also reminded that DS216 is backed by a generous 2-years warranty.

DS216 is a solid two-bay NAS which is equally backed by an outstanding NAS OS courtesy of the new DSM 6.0. Users have access to a comprehensive lineup of features that are suitable for the home or small office workspace.

Pros
+ Elegant design
+ Great build quality
+ Dual-core support
+ Can house up to 16TB
+ 2.5 and 3.5 drive support
+ USB 3.0 support at rear
+ Excellent performance
+ Low fan noise
+ Feature rich operating system

Cons
- Similar hardware specification to previous years!


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