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Synology DS213j NAS Review

Rating: 9.0.

Today we are looking at the latest NAS system from Synology – the DS213j. This NAS system is a budget friendly 2 bay offering for small office and home use. It is designed to consume minimal power and operate without creating a high level of fan noise. Is it an ideal purchase for a home user who wants a fast, inexpensive NAS server?

Our previous Synology reviews this year have focused on the premium Synology RackStation products, targeting the medium to high end business audience. We felt it was a good time to highlight the latest budget oriented model from the company. At only £175 inc vat from Amazon UK and offering speeds ‘up to 100MB/sec’ it certainly seems to tick all the right boxes. It can support two 4TB drives, for up to 8TB total storage capacity.

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 DS213j is a member of the DiskStation series, is an entry level consumer model with 2 drive bays and was created for year 2013.
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Synology DS213j overview:

  • Floating-Point Unit Enabled CPU Favored Multimedia Processing
  • Large 512MB RAM for Multitasking
  • Over 100MB/sec Reading, 70MB/sec Writing
  • Wake on LAN Ready
  • Cool and Quiet Chassis
  • DLNA Compliant Media Server
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager

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