Summary: Bought Synology after extensive research. I narrowed down to QNAP and Synology, but Synology won at price factor. I would have liked to go for QNAP, but price gap was simply too large. Overall it is very easy to configure and use.
James F.rt v gt cry atfc I was rec I fr cf is u acted, Amazon
10 December 2013
Summary: I couldn't be happier with this NAS. I have a tendency to do a lot of research before buying electronics and this time was no different. I considered building a free nas, but convenience, support community, and form factor won out. The web browser based gui is easy on the eyes and easy to use.
Great NAS with so many features you can actually use!
J. Liu, Amazon
23 October 2013
Summary: This is one great NAS device, Synology not only produce one of the easiest way software interface, the hardware is also reliable. HW: It is very easy to install HDD. My NAS came missing the front cover, their support was very fast and friendly by sending me a replacement cover right away.
R. Van Fleet "Love peace and chicken grease", Amazon
14 August 2013
Summary: I bought this Disk Station after doing a good amount of research on the products. My main goal with this device was to consolidate all my media to one location that is backed up.The price point was right and everyone told me the Synology personal cloud software was best in class.
Summary: Love it, discovered a whole new world when I discovered my smart tv can read the Video folder without any user intervention. Now I'm ripping all my DVD's with MakeMKV and running out of disk! Going to have to buy bigger disks, or more likely, bigger disks AND a bigger NAS.
Pros: Everything works! Takes some reading to figure out which features you want/need, but that's to be expected unless you're already a SAN expert.
Cons: Interesting behavior when copying extremely large folders from Win7, can cache writes for about 7gb then speeds drop down. Perhaps this would be a bit higher in units with more RAM and/or spindles.
Summary: Pros: hot-swap drives with good status and feedback on drive and volume status. Software works well. Hybrid configuration of drives makes this much like a Drobo unit in the way you mix and match drives. Streams video via Video Station to AppleTV or use DNLA for PlayStation 3 streaming.
Just works, unless you have a problem, then good luck
Amazon Customer, Amazon
11 April 2013
Summary: Loved it for the first two months. 4x 3TB WD Red NAS drives. ~8TB usable. Backup software is great for Win 7. (Haven't used other OS) Streams to everything I have. Xbox, PS3, Sony BD player, Onkyo receiver, android. Truly just worked. USB 3.0 works great. Automated backups to 2x USB 3.0 drives.
Summary: Note that the DS413 has the PPC chip, not the Intel or ARM. So it doesn't support the Plex Media Server. This is not clearly evident in the marketing info put out by Synology touting the solutions packages offered for DSM -- you have to read the fine print about which Synology systems can use Plex.
Summary: This was overall pretty good. The drive carriers were a bit difficult to work with, but do hold the drives well, you just have to press hard to get the screw holes to line up appropriately so as not to cross thread the drive.
Summary: Let me start by saying I've had this for a month and I absolutely love it! The price point and performance are great. I use it for backup (CrashPlan server) and for streaming my media to all my TVs and mobile devices (Android, iOS, Windows Media Center, Panasonic BluRay player - sort of, OS X,...