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Synology DiskStation DS1813+ Review


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The Synology DiskStation DS1813+ ships in a large branded box with the product information available via a sticker on the top.
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The DS1813+ is protected between foam and a plastic sheet.
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There is a peripherals box supplied which includes a regional specific power plug, drive mounting screws, a key for locking the bays and some lan cables. Synology software and an installation guide is also included.
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The unit itself is built to the standards we have come to expect from Synology, with a metal body housing the inner components. The rear of the unit has several USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a power port, two fans, several USB 2.0 ports, 4 GB Lan ports and a reset button.

The unit dimensions are 175x340x233 mm.
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The front fascia has a power switch and LED indicators for network and drive activity.
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The side panels have the company logo nicely engraved into the metal.
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Each of the eight drive bays can be pressed in for release and drive installation. Each bay can be locked with the supplied key, a necessary option given the business oriented environment.
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With all the drive bays removed, we can see the SATA daughtercard in all its glory, complete with 8 power and data connectors.
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The drive bays are well constructed and have the necessary holes for mounting 3.5 inch drives. The front locking mechanism of each bay is well made and should last a long time. Unfortunately Synology have opted for tough plastic for each of the drive bays, rather than metal.
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Removing the outer shell is easy enough and we can see the construction inside. Synology are using a high grade metal chassis for this unit which is the reason it weighs over 5kg.
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The motherboard is located on the side of the DS1813+, protected against the outer metal chassis by a plastic cover. There is a hole cut in it as there is a ram expansion slot here. There is a single SODIMM slot which can accept a 2GB module, to double the count from 2GB to 4GB.
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The power supply is vertically mounted at the side of the unit, and the power cable runs across the top of the chassis to the motherboard. Synology are using a 250W Delta power supply in the DS1813+. The dual core 2.13ghz processor is passively cooled, aided by the high air flow from the two large rear mounted fans.


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