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Synology DiskStation DS1512+ Review

Rating: 9.0.

Over the years we have reviewed many NAS systems and today we are looking at the high performance, scalable Synology DiskStation DS1512+ which is designed to accommodate the needs of a small or medium sized business. The DS1512+ is a dual LAN device with Link Aggregation support and it can be upgraded to accept 3GB of memory and several 5 drive bays. Is this the new, mid level cost NAS server ideal for your growing business?

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
RS = RackStation
First Digit = number of bays
Second numbers = year for the release

Therefore we now know that the DS1512+ is a member of the DiskStation series, has 5 drive bays and was created for year 2012.


  • Scaling up to 15 Drives with Synology DX510
  • Featuring SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Expandable RAM Module (Up to 3GB)
  • 2 LAN with Link Aggregation Support
  • CPU Passive cooling Technology & System Fan Redundancy
  • VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V® Compliance
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

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  • Brian

    they do make some fantastic products. i still need to get one of their dual bay NAS systems for my house.

    Any recommendations?

  • Dennis

    Its great, but it seems to have increased in price by about £100 over the last revision a year earlier, or am I missing something?

  • Stevie

    thankfully HDDs have dropped in price recently, or that would be expensive. imaging having a 60TB NAS in the house?.!