The DS414 has a piano black front cover that gives the system an attractive look for your home office. The cover ships with a plastic protector for the glass smooth finish. This finish can scratch and shows fingerprints.
With the cover off, we see the four drive bays with the sleds installed. The button at the top allows the drives to slide out, even with the system turned on. The DS414 is hot swappable.
A power button at the bottom of the system turns the system on and off. A USB 2.0 port on the front of the NAS allows users to backup data from flash drives quickly.
Status LEDs on the top right edge show the current system state and disk activity for the individual drives.
The Synology logo is on each side of the NAS.
Two large cooling fans on the back of the DS414 keep the NAS electronics and the hard drives cool. This might look intimidating and lead some to believe the NAS is loud, but that is not the case. The larger the fans, the less RPMs they need to run in order to move the same amount of air as smaller fans at higher RPMs.
The rear connectivity comes in the form of two Ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Synology also included a Kensington lock point, and just below the Ethernet ports is the connector for the power brick.
On the bottom of the unit, we see additional cooling ports for the electronics and HDDs. Synology used four soft rubber feet on the DS414 to reduce vibration transfer to your desk or other object you place the system on.
The drive sleds are toolless when using 3.5-inch drives. Synology included screws for mounting 2.5-inch HDDs or SSDs. Rubber grommets on the drive sled also reduce disk vibration to the NAS. This also aids in keeping the system very quiet.
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