The Synology DiskStation DS1813+ is a well built, high performance NAS system that will suit many small, and medium sized businesses. As we would expect from Synology, the performance is excellent, achieving well over 300 MB/s sequential read in our own tests.
These units are built to withstand long term abuse in a 24/7/365 environment with Link Aggregation and redundancy support, in case of problems. The dual fan cooling system works well, forcing a high level of air across all hard drives and expelling excess heat out the rear of the unit.
The build quality is excellent, the metal chassis is sure to appeal to the demanding business audience and the key locking system will help enhance security. The only negative point would be the plastic drive bays, we really feel Synology should be using metal in their construction specifically at this price point.
The device is snappy under intensive situations, even when copying a series of files to multiple hard drives. The 2.13ghz dual core processor is powerful enough to handle many requests simultaneously and the 2GB of DDR3 memory can be upgraded with an SO-DIMM to 4GB. Ideal if you find it is running low on memory over the course of a day.
The DS1813+ can be picked up for around the £750 inc vat mark in the United Kingdom, but you need to factor in the cost of storage as well. Still, it offers reasonable value for money and will be more than capable of handling the daily duties of a small to medium sized business.
- great build quality.
- good performance.
- class leading operating software.
- link aggregation.
- redundancy support.
- expansion support.
- plastic drive trays.
- faces a lot of competition between £700 and £1,000.