Synology DS410j NAS Review

By on January 3, 2013, 10:32 PM
There are a number of legitimate reasons why NAS devices are becoming so popular in work environments, but because of the costly setup investment, they have remained more of a luxury than a necessity for home users. More affordable products are finding their way to the market all the time, however you should be wary with some of them. For example, one of the cheapest 4-bay NAS devices available right now is the Promise NS4300N SmartStor at just $290. I made the terrible mistake of purchasing this product because of the attractive price point alone. The result was average performance, worsened by a nightmarish setup procedure and overall poor functionality that was plagued with issues. Turned out it was not only the cheapest, but also the worst 4-bay NAS device money could buy.
Then late last year Synology seemingly answered our cries with a pair of "budget-friendly" NAS solutions. The 4-bay model, known as the DS410j, is currently retailing for $370, so it's not much more expensive than the Promise SmartStor we disliked so much. It's also about $70 cheaper than their DS409 and costs $230 less than the DS409+. But will it be able to meet home users' ever-growing and evolving storage needs? We hope we can answer that for you. Read the complete review.

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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If I saw this in a drug store, my first thought would be that it was a humidifier. Currently I have an Acer Aspire UA230N home server to fill my storage needs which is only slightly more expensive than this NAS. So far I'm very happy with it.

Guest said:

I recently purchased the DS410j and populated with 4 x wd 2TB drives. Volume formating took over 24 hours and a simple "Properties" command to check folder size has been running at a very slow speed taking over 10 minutes to capture the roughly 76,500 files in 60GBs to simply report.

This system is at latest firmware rev 2.3

Not a speed demon!

Guest said:

Hmm so if your graph is correct,

You found that a DS409 with 4 drives in raid 0 was faster than a DS410j with one drive.

Very good testing methodology there....

If you are looking for speed go and Buy a SAN to setup via iscsi.

This is a budget device with a high capacity (or high redundancy)

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