Summary: The main clue of today's review isn't so much the DS214se, which did very well given its price, but Synology's new DSM 5.0 operating system the company introduced a while ago. Their new operating system is without a doubt stunning as it features many upgrades and comes with new features and characteristics compared to its predecessor, DSM 4.0.
Pros: Affordable, High price/performance ratio, Achieved fast enough transfer speeds in our internal storage tests, DSM 5.0 is absolutely great and is fully supported by the DS214se, Very low energy consumption in all operational modes, Ability to skip disk checking during RAID setup, Quiet operation, ErP Lot 6 2013 compliant, Surveillance Station transforms this NAS into a fully featured security system, Up to 5 IP cameras are supported, Optional application packages boost...
Cons: You cannot format an external storage device in NTFS, No USB 3.0 or eSATA ports, which leads to very slow speeds to and from external storage devices, Small amount of RAM that is not upgradeable, No front USB port(s), I would like to see Synology offer a client download application (something similar to QNAP's Qget), Video Station couldn't reproduce many of the video files I tried and the reproduction of high bit-rate (>20 Mbps) MKV files wasn't smooth enough
Summary: The Synology DiskStation DS214+ is a 2-bay NAS server with 10TB of max capacity (2x 5TB HDDs). It is for SMBs that need to share files across multiple platforms and that need to access the files remotely. The DS214+ features a Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. The bays are tool-less, hot-swappable and there is USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and eSATA connections.
Pros: Tool-less hot-swappable drives, Lots of features and functionality built into DSM 5.0, Excellent mobile device access
Cons: Sequential performance numbers were under rated spec
Conclusion: In comparison to the other Synology DiskStation NAS dual bay units the Synology DS214play can hold its own performing all the standard tasks of other Synology two bay NASes. What differentiates it from the rest is the ability to transcode up to 1080P where it’s brethren can only top out at 720P. This transcoding works great when using the native DS Video Station or the DS Media Server but is not yet optimized for use with the ever-popular Plex ecosystem.
Pros: Can transcode up to 1080P, Simple setup, User-friendly interface, Works with Linux, OS X or Windows, Energy Efficient
Cons: Lacks DTS playback, Currently Plex is not optimized for use with Synology DS214play, Lacks HDMI port
Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box
3 December 2013
Excerpt: Review The Bring-Your-Own-Disks home server market might not be mainstream but it's pretty lively place, with giants like Cisco mixing with obscure Taiwanese box-shifters. And although these quiet, sub-£400 servers make a useful bit of small office kit, the abundance of media awash in family homes and shared digs give them another role - of bringing some order to chaos at home.
Conclusion: It’s crystal clear why Synology remain a dominating force in the NAS storage sector. Whilst at the hardware level subtle changes are made, it is their persistence at the software level that realises the true success. The decision to integrate a dual-core processor in this 2014 edition of the 2-bay series is a welcome one.
Pros: + Pleasing to the eye, + Great build quality, + Dual-core support, + 2.5” and 3.5” drive support, + Excellent performance, + Low fan noise, + Feature rich operating system
Excerpt: The DS214 is Synology’s new two-bay NAS enclosure in its DiskStation range. Shipping without disks, it supports up to 8 TB of storage with a pair of 4 TB drives. We reviewed the enclosure with a pair of 1 TB hard disks from Western Digital.
Pros: Faster dual-core drive chip, 512MB RAM, supports DSM 4.3 for media streaming, back-up and file sharing.
Excerpt: 7 Flares 7 Flares × Synology have been one of the key players in the Network Attached Storage Devices for some time now, and each new DiskStation model is eagerly anticipated. The DS214 is no exception with it first being teased at Computex in June of this year, along side its more powerful DS214+. This release also ties in with the latest update to the DSM Operating system; version 4.3.