Synology DS414 High Performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-04-14

The DS414 NAS from Synology is based on a dual-core Marvell Armada XP running at 1.33Ghz and is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3, which should be enough for home use and small business. Inside the bays we can use both 2.5’’ (HDD/SSD) and 3.5’’ drives (screwless installation). The NAS operates paired with the latest DSM 5.0 version which features a consistent visual redesign for an easier use.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

The DS414 NAS from Synology is a 4-bay unit based on the Marvell Armada XP Dual Core CPU @ 1.33 GHz and is equipped with a total of 1GB DDR3, which should be enough for most home and small business applications. The product is shipped inside a medium-sized cardboard box which is provided with a handle:




On one of the box sides we will be able to find a sticker which shows a summary of the hardware specs along with the package contents:




As we have seen before, Synology uses to place the NAS along with its bundle in separate compartments for having maximum protection:




Along with the power lead, the manufacturer has included another plain cardboard box which includes the rest of the bundle:




Here we could enumerate the Quick Guide along with the installation disk and the screws, the power brick but also two LAN cables:




The power brick is rated at 90W and is larger in dimensions compared to ones we have found with the previously tested NASes:





The main unit is also fully wrapped in protective packaging:




The chassis of the DS414 is a well-known model, which is proven to be both silent and light:




In the front we have the removable plastic bay cover along with the interfaces on the right:




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