Excerpt: Synology's product line-up is pretty broad. At the top you have products like the DS713+, a powerful NAS with space for two disks. It's also very expensive. The DS213j is a much more affordable option, and you still get all of the features of the impressive Disk Station Manager firmware and room for two hard drives. It's a great way of getting introduced to a Synology NAS, and today we will take a close look at it.
Conclusion: Performance wise it improves on its predecessors in terms of speed. What helps separate it from other NAS boxes is the DSM 4.1 interface. Synology has made an easy to use yet powerful GUI that most anyone who has used a Windows, Linux or OS X machine can easily pick up. The Package Center allows the DiskStation DS213 to be tailored to suit the user whether for home or business.
Pros: Excellent performer, Simple setup, Numerous packages available, Energy efficient, Works with all three major OSes, USB 3.0 ports, Built in SD card reader, File Encryption
Cons: Only one IP camera license included, Expensive
Excerpt: Our test unit shipped without any drives installed, but adding a pair of 2TB SATA drives was very easy. We just popped off the front plate and the drive slotted into a pair of pull out trays. The enclosure supports upto 8TB of storage, in either RAID mirrored or striped formats (so you can choose to have a synchronous back-up, or use all the storage).