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Synology DS212j NAS Review – the new budget class leader

Rating: 9.5.

Today Synology launch their latest NAS system, the DS212j. This NAS is the budget friendly ‘entry level’ consumer model and over the years has proven to be one of the biggest selling NAS systems in the United Kingdom.

The DS212j can support up to 6TB of storage from two hard drives and offers low power consumption, console support and even full accessibility for Android and iOS devices.

Those who are confused with the Synology product naming conventions can use this as a guide:

“+” series = performance range.
standard series (no digit) = mixture of performance and storage.
“j” series = entry level consumer, concerned about capacity but not performance.

DS = Diskstation
First Digit = number of bays
Second numbers = year for the release

We can work out that this model is a member of the entry level consumer series, has 2 drive bays and was created for year 2012.


  • 24/7 Power-Saving Download Server
  • DLNA Certified Media Server
  • Effortless Backup
  • Anywhere Access
  • Power-saving with only 17.6 Watts in Operation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

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  • Paulie

    Great price indeed! off to try and win one first 😉

  • Joseph

    Cant see a way to ask questions about the competition as comments are closed in that thread. Where is the link on the facebook page on synology side? dont see it ? 🙁

  • Colin

    I want! ive a crappy old USB thing I use for NAS.

    How can I win one?

  • To find the competiton visit http://www.facebook.com/synology

  • Jeremy

    I can’t enter because I live in Germany! this sucks.

    Guess I might have to end up buying one before Christmas 🙁

    (good review)

  • Mark Kensington

    Great price, PCWorld sell ‘lesser’ makes for more and I doubt if they hit 20mb/s

    thanks for review.

  • David

    I dont use social networking, but good to see the product in detail. Looks like a very good deal for the price. performance is very good.

  • Lee

    What price is their 4 bay system like this? 2 drives is a bit limiting, although with the price they are right now might be a while before I get a NAS. 1TB HD here cost a packet now.

  • netmask254

    Indeed I got a DS212J since last weekend, the major concern is that the noise level is somewhat high to me, which is clearly audible from 2~3 meters away. It’s not from the installed WD green harddisk but the chassis fan. However, this NAS should be very quiet according to its rating and Kitguru’s review. Thus I was totally confused and guess it’s a sample problem or installation problem.

  • Kurt E. Spahn

    Thank you for this fine work! Very informative!
    This will help me in my decision!

    Please excuse my bad english, i am a german!