- Review Price: £308.07
The divider between home and small business NAS devices isn’t particularly clear any more. The Synology DiskStation DS210+ is a fine example of this point. It could just as easily be argued as a very well featured home NAS box as it could a lower end business system.
The semantics aren’t particularly important. What matters is the feature set on offer in this update to the well-received DiskStation DS209+. Importantly the DS210+ is a good £90 cheaper (disk-less) than its predecessor, which is a big tick in the plus column.
The chassis, which can hold two discs, is almost unchanged. The front is home to an eSATA port, a USB port, a few status LEDs, a power button, and a quick-transfer button. This automatically dumps everything on an attached flash drive into a folder on the internal storage of the DS210+ which is rather useful.
The rear panel is home to a Kensington lock point, two USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and the device’s power input. These rear USB ports can be used either to connect additional storage, a printer – which can then be shared with computers on your network – or a camera to the DS210+.
Internally the DS210+ has a 1.06GHz Freescale mpc8533e PPC Processor, 512MB of RAM and can support up to 4TB of storage (in the form of two 2TB drives). The DS210+ also offers 256-bit AES hardware encryption, offloading the task from the CPU. Regardless the components used, the DS210+ remained responsive throughout our testing, never showing a sign of slowing down.
Windows-based file transfers sped along with a 1.2GB TIFF uploading to the DS210+ at 83.5MB/s and downloading at 91.5MB/s. A 988MB folder of small files uploaded at 40MB/s and downloaded at 49.2MB/s. FTP results were similar, with the small file test resulting in a 47MB/s upload and 52.3MB/s download, and the large file transfer in 62.4MB/s upload and 63.7MB/s download.
Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test each product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare things properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.