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Our Score:

9

As last year's DiskStation DS409slim proved, Synology knows how to product a decent NAS device. But just in case you thought that product was a fluke the company has done it again with the DiskStation DS410j. Considering its sub-£300 price tag, it packs in an excellent array of features and, importantly, performs admirably.

This four bay NAS device doesn't have the compact dimensions of the DS409slim, but it does have features galore and an attractive price tag to go with them. The chassis might not be amazingly small, but at 230mm x 168mm x 184mm it's hardly overly imposing either. Certainly the combination of its aluminium casing and white plastic surround looks attractive enough, and the angled front panel makes for easy reading of the systems vital stats, such as hard drive status.

Around the rear are the power input, Gigabit Ethernet port and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. The latter can be used either for connecting a USB storage drive (either for transporting files or augmenting the internal capacity), for sharing a USB printer over your local network, for connecting to a UPS or even for controlling a (compatible) USB webcam using the DS410j.

The rear is also home to four thumbscrews which when removed enable the back of the DS410j to be opened, revealing the four drive bays inside. Interestingly these can house both 3.5in and 2.5in hard drives so if you're feeling really flush you could even use SSDs - even if it would probably be cheaper to hire someone to backup all of your data by hand, in 0s and 1s, on paper.

It's worth noting that in RAID 1 and RAID 5 configurations, these drives can be upgraded to larger capacity units, without losing data. So far as I am aware, Netgear is the only other manufacturer that facilitates this, so kudos to Synology for implementing that. Be warned that rebuilding volumes is a lengthy process, leaving the NAS out of commission while it's happening.

TrustedReviewer

January 19, 2010, 9:26 pm

What kind of noise level does this unit emit? Units such as this are fine if they are tucked away in a cupboard but if not the background levels can be dreadful!





I recently tried a NAS from a different manufacturer only to find that it sounded like a hairdryer.

Hugo

January 19, 2010, 10:08 pm

I fount it inaudible over my desktop PC, but YMMV.

xenos

January 20, 2010, 1:50 am

"Where the DS410j really excels is its web interface. Put simply, this is the slickest looking yet also most functional I have seen on any NAS device."





Hugo is this better than QNAP web interface too? Transfer speeds seem fast given the CPU being used, fairly impressed!

Pbryanw

January 20, 2010, 4:25 am

I'm just guessing, but from the looks of it, you can swap out the existing rear fans for quiet versions from Noctua for example. That's if they are a standard fan size.

james1000

January 20, 2010, 4:25 am

Usb 3.0?

morsch

January 20, 2010, 4:01 pm

Inaudible over a desktop PC doesn't really cut it, unless you never shut down/standby your PC. Does the device ever shut down the HDDs? Ideally, after a configurable idle timeout? I think that should be a mandatory information in a review, unless that feature is available in all NAS devices these days. With the HDDs shut down or in standby, the whole thing shouldn't draw more than a couple of watts and should be virtually silent.

sam 7

January 20, 2010, 4:58 pm

Perfect, been looking at getting one of these for a while. Great review

pandaz123

January 20, 2010, 5:09 pm

Ive had a DS410j for a few weeks now, i well recommend it. Great product that has proved incredibly useful.

gagagaga

January 21, 2010, 8:45 pm

For anyone other than very novice users, these things are still horrendously overpriced. You can get an Intel SS4200 for £135 - add freenas and you have a fully featured NAS for half the price of this. Add Windows Home Server for another £70 and you have a fully featured file server / remote access gateway / PC backup solution. Am I missing something?

Ed

February 4, 2010, 2:56 pm

@gagagaga: Yes, the fact that what you describe takes effort and a degree of know how. If you want it to, this will just work straight out the box. Admittedly setting up freenas is very easy but, for instance, when you come across the bittorrent client by default locking down write/delete access to downloaded files, getting things fixed can all of a sudden get rather complicated.

Jerry Dunhill

February 4, 2010, 2:57 pm

The Intel box is cheaper, but it runs on a 250W power supply. One of the huge benefits is the power saving from a unit like this which runs on a very low powered processor but delivers all the performance you need (or get a + model if you need more). Think of the energy saving ;)

FreakySpook

March 15, 2010, 4:42 am

Can anyone tell me how the speeds are over 802.11g?


I'm looking at this after I purchased an Edimax NS-2502 and could only achieve transfer speeds of about 100k/s over wireless but want to make sure it works ok.

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