Most of the NAS products that make their way through the lab here at TweakTown are consumer two and four bay solutions. For most of you wanting to store your data and stream your content, these solutions are plenty adequate and at times overkill. While most will have the ability to make room for a full-size appliance, for those in the market wanting to save as much space as possible, there are very few options - and Synology has an answer in the DS416slim.
The DS416slim is the first NAS in a long time to come through without an Intel sticker on the box. Don't let that deter you though as this solution is based on a Marvell platform and they have been in the NAS market longer than Intel. Getting down to the basics, like I said above, is a Marvell platform and to be more specific an Armada 385 dual-core chip operating at 1GHz that sits next to 512MB DDR3 memory boasting a dedicated encryption engine.
Like previous NAS solutions from Synology, the DS416slim runs on the latest iteration of DSM and at the time of review this means all testing will be done on version 6.0.2. This also means, even with the small footprint of this device and its ARM architecture, you still get many of the same features as the bigger appliances.
Specifications for the DS416slim start with the Armada 385 that we spoke of above, one thing to mention is the specifications for this exact SoC on Marvell's website, details a dual-core chip that operates at 2.0GHz, so it's feasible this solution actually operates at this higher frequency. Moving on, we have the 512MB of DDR3, again with a hardware encryption engine and four drive bays. I/O connectivity includes dual USB 3.0 ports along with dual Gigabit LAN.
So how much will this unit set you back? Well, the Synology DS416slim in its diskless form carries an MSRP of $289.99 with a two-year warranty.
PRICING: You can find the Synology DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" 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 DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" NAS retails for $290 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Synology DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" NAS retails for £256 at Amazon UK.
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