Pros: Robust feature set. Long-term maintenance appears to be easy. The Synology Hybrid RAID setup makes volume expansion a no-brainer. Synology support is responsive. The underlying OS is updated regularly.
Cons: Trays are plastic. Disk retainers on the trays are also plastic snap-in inserts. There's very little actual metal in the parts a user would operate. No option for dual power supply. 4x LAN ports but no native link aggregation.
Pros: Let me start by saying you get what you pay for. There are a lot of systems out there ..yes you can build your own maybe for less. With this system your paying for the software and synology brand. I've had a few models of the synology NAS devices and I couldn't be happier.. 4 NICs I bonded them into pairs on two different VLANS on my home network everything is working smoothly. no complaints.
Cons: Yes a little pricey ...but try and build a comparable product ...(RAID card,motherboard, software,hot swappable drives...etc) your gonna get up there in price... even before you start thinking about the Hard Drives... There is a learning curve as far as file permissions. Depends on what you trying to do on your network! Google is your friend answers are out there...just search.
Summary: Excellent NAS appliance, as one would expect from Synology. The DSM system software (currently 4.3) is stable, and has an easy to navigate GUI unlike many competitors. It also is quiet, noticeably more so than the my DS1512+ thanks to the two 120mm fans compared to the 80mm ones the 5 bay uses. Also notable is its excellent build quality and a solid and weighty chassis.
Pros: Well organized and easy to use DSM OS, quiet, high transfer rates.
Summary: This morning, I was woken up early by a loud, constant beep beep sound coming from the office. It turned out to be this DiskStation. When you are buying a RAID device, the most important thing to consider is how well it handles failure. And in this case, it handled it extremely well. Along with the beeping was the click-click sound of a dead hard drive.
Pros: Quiet, intuitive, top-notch software, deals with HDD failure well, company active on forums
Cons: Occasionally fan vibration noise occurs - probably easy to fix. SMB2 compatibility reportedly not great.
Summary: * Getting this thing up and running on my LAN took way longer than it should have. The installation instructions said that as long as the NAS and my computer were connected to the same LAN all that would be necessary to install the software would be to navigate to http://find.synology.com/ and then follow the instructions on that site. But that site didn't find the NAS.
Pros: * High and expandable capacity NAS. I really like the case. Installation of drives was really simple.
Pros: I've been using the DS1812+ for over a year now and have had no problems whatsoever with this product. I was nervous about performing an upgrade of the DiskStation Manager (DSM) software (to 4.3) because I've had bad luck with software upgrades with other products, i.e. iOS upgrade on my Apple devices always seem to break something, like the wireless on my iPhone & iPad. But I was extremely pleased that performing the DSM software upgrade went flawlessly and all 6TB o...
Cons: I can't think of any cons for this product. The only con is that the DS1812+ can do much more but that is a con on me for not getting to know the DSM better. But I can say that it does what I expect it to do and it does it well.
Summary: Excellent NAS. Got the 8-drive model instead of 5 drive because this one uses 120mm fans. Very quiet and fast, and lots of excellent features. Dropbox-style app, remote torrents and audio and video transcoding, even over the internet to an iphone.