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Synology DS211 NAS Review – the ultimate budget NAS?

Rating: 9.5.

Synology have launched two new products this week, the DS411j which we reviewed several days ago and the DS211 which we are looking at today. The DS411j is a quad drive NAS system supporting up to 8TB and the DS211 is a higher performance dual drive NAS offering a maximum of 4TB.

The Synology DS211 is a mainstream oriented unit which targets the home and small office sectors, retailing at £225 inc vat. It doesn’t offer as much storage capacity as the DS411j but the performance differences are reported by Synology to be significant.

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

Therefore we now know that the DS211 is a member of the standard series, has 2 drive bays and was created for year 2011.

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  • RAID Protection
  • Windows+Mac+Linux Cross Platform File Sharing
  • Rich Business Features
  • Effortless File Backup
  • Peace of Mind with AES 256-bit Share-level encryption

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