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Synology Diskstation DS411 Slim Review (2.5 inch NAS)

The DS411 Slim is shipped in a stylish white box with the name of the product on the front along with some of the basic specifications.

Inside, the bundle contains a high quality LAN cable, power adapter and cable, literature on the product and a software disc which contains the PAT firmware. There are also some drive mounting screws included.

The DS411 is a tiny little NAS system finished in a glossy piano black finish. Synology also include a rather attractive little stand for the base unit. The DS411 Slim weighs 0.66kg.

Along the front is a row of status lights which indicate drive and network activity. There is also a USB 2.0 port on the front.

The side panels have the brand name embossed into them, and underneath is a small cooling fan to suck cold air up, and over the internal drives.


The rear of the DS411 is home to four plastic removable bays for drive installation. There is also an eSATA port, a USB 2.0 port, a power connector, reset button and 10/100/1000 lan port here. At the side of the chassis is the power button, and a quick access ‘USBcopy button'.

Internally there is a 1.6ghz Intel ATOM processor along with 256MB of DDR3 memory to run the DiskManager Operating System.

With the optional stand fitted, the unit feels more steady on a desk, it also looks rather attractive.

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