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Synology DS1512+ and DS1812+ NAS review: good performance with lots of disks

Fast and user-friendly NAS devices

If you're looking for a NAS with room for plenty of disks that's also fast and user-friendly, then the new Synology DS-1512+ and DS-1812+ are two models that should be on your wish list. They come equipped with the very comprehensive DSM 4.0 firmware, with space for either five or eight hard disks. You do have to reach pretty deep into your wallet for these NAS devices. Visit Group test: what's the best NAS device?

Two new NAS devices by Synology are out, and they are excellent solutions if you have the money to spend. If you're looking for a NAS with room for plenty of disks that's also fast and user-friendly, then the new Synology DS-1512+ and DS-1812+ are two models that should be on your wish list. Read more storage reviews.

The DS-1512+ and DS-1812+ NAS devices are related to the DS-412+, but have room for five or eight disks. The DS-1512+ and DS-1812+ look a lot like each other, the latter actually looks an elongated version of the five-bay model. There's nothing wrong with the design, but it's a shame that the hard disk trays are entirely made out of plastic and that the trays can't be locked. There also isn't a display, for such a feature you need to look for products by Thecus or QNAP. It also would have been nice to have a USB 3.0 port on the front.

On the back of the DS-1512+ and the DS-1812+ there are lots of connectors. Synology included four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, and two eSATA connectors with screw holes for the DF510 expansion unit. You can get two of those expansion cabinets, increasing the number of disks in the DS-1512+ to 15 and in the DS-1812+ to 18. You can connect even more disks to the USB ports.

They come equipped with the very comprehensive DSM 4.0 firmware, with space for either five or eight hard disks. You do have to reach pretty deep into your wallet for these NAS devices. The average price of the DS-412+ is currently £525, which is £131.25 per disk. The DS-1512+ has an average price of £653, equal to about £130.5 per disk. The DS-1812+ costs an average of £774, and its £96.75 per disk is much more affordable than the other two models. If you can't decide between the DS-1512+ and the DS-1812+, then you’re better off going for the latter, as the per-disk price is much more advantageous.

To read the entire review and to learn more about the firmware, head over to Hardware.Info.

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