Synology is taking things to a new level with its DS214+, which offers tremendous value for $369.

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The DS214+ is targeted at home as well as SMB users and as such comes with a host of features that allow users to manage, host and share files across multiple platforms and devices. With centralized backup and the ability to integrate with Time Machine, Amazon’s Glacier and Strato’s HiDrive, the DS214+ is the complete package.  Not only is it one of the better looking NAS systems you can buy today, it also comes loaded with more features than any other NAS currently avaialble.

Design and hardware

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The design of the DS214+ is very similar to that of other Synology offerings of late, like the DS414, DS214 and the DS 214 Play. We’ve touched on the overall design in other Synology NAS reviews, so we’ll go ahead and focus on what’s new in the DS214+.

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The front of the DS214+ sees the power button at the bottom right, with a USB 2.0 port just above it. There is now a quick copy feature that allows you to transfer contents of a USB drive by connecting it to the USB 2.0 port. By inserting a USB drive or external drive and clicking on the button next to the USB port, the contents of the drive will be transferred. It is a nifty addition that can be utilised when you need to transfer files to your NAS quickly.

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The indicators at the top now show the status of the LAN ports, of which there are two. The hard drive status indicators have been moved to the top of the hard drive bays.

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At the back, there are two USB 3.0 ports along with two LAN ports that can be daisy chained to work in link aggregation mode. FInally, the DS214+ includes a feature we have been clamoring for since we got our hands on the DS214: an eSATA port.

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The hard drive latch system is also tweaked from what we’ve seen on the DS414. The front plastic façade that was featured in the DS214, DS412+ and the DS414 has given way to a loaded latch system that is seen on the five-bay DS1513+. There is also a provision to lock the drive bays with a physical lock.

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As for the hardware, the DS214+ features a 1.33 GHz dual-core Armada XP CPU by Marvell along with 1 GB DDR3 RAM and a single 92 mm fan at the back that serves to deflect heat away from the hard drives. Ventilation on the whole is well-thought out, as the Synology branding on either sides acts as additional ventilation on the NAS.

The two-bay allows you to install a total of 10 TB (5 TB x 2) in a Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration.