We expected this unit to exhibit great performance and it has certainly not failed to deliver. The DS1513+ offers excellent build quality, strong read and write performance and an impressive feature set, all in an attractive looking chassis.
Our only gripe is the use of plastic to hold the drives, we would really expect Synology to be using metal throughout on this higher cost unit.
Although the drives feel secure in their caddies, NAS systems often have to suffer a certain level of abuse within an office environment. Plastic just does not offer the same level of durability as metal in this regard.
Overall though we are very pleased with the DS1513+ as an alternative to its big brother, the DS1813+. The performance is excellent and should satisfy all but the most demanding of office infrastructures. If you find the NAS is struggling to cope with intensive tasks then you can easily pop in another memory module to enhance performance.
The Synology DS1513+ is currently available for £659.49 inc vat. from some retailers, though this does not include the cost of additional hard drives which you need to factor into the overall cost.
- Excellent build quality.
- Strong performance.
- Easy to expand.
- Scalable solution.
- Plastic caddies.
- The DS1813+ is available for approximately £100 more and offers 3 additional bays.