The DS716+ is a solid entry-level SMB solution for businesses just getting started. The build quality is quite good with its mix of plastics on the front and back panels, and the vented steel enclosure allows ample airflow to keep your drives cool. This solution is also quite silent for a unit housing a single 92mm fan. The drive trays are also plastic, so the rattles sometimes heard with metal trays are gone, and the bonus is a tool-less solution.
The performance was quite good, even with the 1TB hard drives we tested this unit with. In our single client testing, this solution was at the top of nearly every individual test with this unit excelling in Playback and Record in both RAID 0 and 1. Sequential performance seemed to peak around 118 MB/s for RAID 0 and 117 MB/s for RAID 1, telling us this NAS is only being held back by the Gigabit interface.
With the latest DSM version 6, Synology has taken the extra steps needed to modularize their OS, trimming the fat of many applications, allowing them to be installed if needed, allowing for maximized uptime and fewer updates. Also, we had our first taste of the BTRFS file system, a copy on write or CoW filesystem that is focused on fault tolerance and repair and is sure to bring Synology into the future with increased performance in high bandwidth situations such as backup or restore operations.
Of course, those mentioned above are only a few of the many changes Synology has made with DSM 6 but for most users you should have a quicker experience with the new DSM with its 64-bit architecture and modular design.
In closing, Synology has released, at this point, one of the quickest two-bay solutions I have tested and with DSM 6, a sure winner for those in the market for a new NAS appliance.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: It is quite possible that the Synology DS716+ could be the top two-bay NAS solution for this year. Adding the new DSM 6 only makes this solution stronger and with its MSRP at $450, it's a solid solution for user looking to purchase their first NAS solution.
PRICING: You can find the Synology DiskStation DS716+ SMB Two-Bay NAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Synology DiskStation DS716+ SMB Two-Bay NAS retails for $496 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Synology DiskStation DS716+ SMB Two-Bay NAS retails for £340 at Amazon UK.
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