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Synology DiskStation DS416slim review

Rating: 7.5.

Four bay tower NAS units aren't exactly svelte, however how about a four bay tower NAS that fits into the palm of your hand? The Synology DiskStation DS416slim is one of the smallest four bay NAS units we have seen in our labs.


The DS416slim sits under Synology's J Series of NAS units for Personal/Home use but in reality, it has far more uses than that – mobile NAS anyone? The reason the DS416slim is so small in stature is that it only supports 2.5in format disks – so you have a choice between mechanical and solid state drives. It supports Synology Hybrid RAID, JBOB and RAID 0,1,5,6,and 10 arrays.

Under the skin sits a dual-core 32-bit 1.0GHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 processor backed by 512MB of DDR3. The memory IC is soldered to the board so you have to make do with that.


  • Marvell Armada 385 CPU
  • 512MB of DDR3 memory
  • Dedicated encryption engine
  • Link aggregation
  • 2 year warranty

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