Synology DS207+ NAS Server

Conclusion

Conclusion Synology DS207+ NAS
 
So how well did the Synology Disk Station DS207+ perform in today's review?
 
There is no doubt that the Synology DS207+ is an excellent product. The build quality is very good and it certainly looks very classy, whilst ensuring a small desktop footprint. The Synology DS207+ also provides good cooling for the hard drives contained within, and the cooling fan manages to remain reasonably quiet most of the time. However, at times the fan does become noticeable, and emits some low frequency noise from time-to-time.
 
The performance of the Synology DS207+ is good, and additional performance could be achieved by using faster drives than the smaller 8mb cache Western Digital's that I used in today's testing. Additionally, the 2TB maximum storage that the Synology DS207+ allows should be more than enough to keep even the heaviest of storage users happy.
 
The recommended retail pricing for the Synology DS207+ is £203.26, but the best price I could find for the unit was £228.53 Inc VAT from Scan Computers UK. Admittedly, the Synology DS207+ isn't cheap, and consequently it may keep many potential buyers away. However, if you're in the market for a solid SOHO NAS setup, then the Synology DS207+ NAS should be on your short list.
 
 
The Good
+ Excellent feature set
+ Looks
+ Build quality
+ Effective cooling
+ Performance
+ Storage capacity and array options for such a small unit
 
The Mediocre
* Fan can be noisy
* The steep price will deter many
 
The Bad
- Absolutely nothing
 
It's times like these that I wish we had an OC3D 'Highly Recommended' award as the recommended award doesn't really seem to do the unit justice.
 
OC3D Recommended Award
 
Overclock3D would like to thank Synology for providing the Synology DS207+ NAS for review.
 
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12-10-2008, 06:20:27

PV5150
Looking to take the leap towards Network Address Storage (NAS)? Synology' DS207+ NAS has everything that you'll need for a SOHO NAS solution.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073839552s.jpg

But don't take our word for it - check out the review

12-10-2008, 07:42:32

Rastalovich
Great review. These units are excellent pieces of kit.

Unfortunately for me they're still priced as if they're being targeted at businesses - what's more, IT people within businesses. Gloss or repack them anyway they like, 230 without any thrown in drivespace is alarming. And if they're looking to really target the average home buyer, they will have to have some sort of drive in them. Yes they're basic to put together - but that is scary to most who dont dabble inside pcs on a regular basis.

And heres the thing - if u do dabble inside pcs, u wouldnt pay 230 for one of these for 2 drive storage when u have an old pc.

Good tech. Throw in merely 2x500g drives for the price and it'd be a good purchase.

12-10-2008, 07:49:48

PV5150
Thanks Rast, and yes I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you've just said. As if the cost of the NAS itself isn't enough, then to factor in the cost of one or two fast HDD's into the equation - you're up for some serious coin.

12-10-2008, 14:02:35

JN
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.

13-10-2008, 07:54:00

PV5150
Thanks Jim I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.



I'm sure you could and the results would be worth the extra effort too.

13-10-2008, 08:23:40

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding

13-10-2008, 08:52:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding
Very true. Almost makes me wanna build a wireless NAS and have it tucked away in a cupboard somewhere with a wireless N card installed.

Just a shame I don't have the time to fiddle, which I guess makes the PnP nature of the Synolgy appealing.
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