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Backup is, for many of us, a guilty topic. Even the geekiest of computer-addicts can find themselves blindsided by data loss, and while cloud services like Gmail and Spotify may be rescuing us from having to keep local backups of our mail and music, there's still plenty of pain when a drive unexpectedly fails. Synology's DiskStation DS411slim offers a somewhat unique take on the home and small office NAS market, using notebook-sized HDDs to pack quad-drive redundancy into an device with a smaller footprint than the average router. Can it save us from drive death disaster? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Drives fail: it's a fact of life. Many people upgrade their PC or laptop more frequently than the average HDD/SSD lifespan, but there's always the possibility of a spontaneous hardware failure to really put a dampener on your day. Then there are accidents - dropping your laptop, spilling coffee into it, having it stolen or simply losing it - and user errors, such as inadvertently deleting files that subsequently turn out to be vital. With many media collections being entirely digital these days, it's important to have a second copy just in case the worst should happen.
Over the past few years NAS units have seen an increase in popularity for both home and corporate networks. Synology is one of the most respected companies in the NAS market, and Tweaknews has had the opportunity to test out many of their offerings with consistently impressive performance and stability. Synology has sent a new NAS to lab for testing, and it's quite different than their previous models. The Synology DS411 Slim only accepts 2.5" SATA drives, which results in it being one of the smallest and most energy saving four bay NAS units currently available. Turn the page and follow along as I take a closer look at the feature set and performance of this unique product. Synology America Corp. located in Redmond, Washington is the North American branch of Synology Inc. Synology has been delivering award-winning NAS (network attached storage) devices to small business and home users since early 2000. Synology is a network attached storage company, with all R&D focused solely on delivering the best in class network attached storage devices with forward-thinking features at an affordable price.
At about half the size of the average two-bay NAS enclosure, the four-bay Synology DiskStation DS411Slim is a great option when you need a lot of storage capacity (up to 6TB) but physical space is at a premium. To achieve its compact form, the DS411slim ($320 as of 8/29/2011) simply uses bays designed for 2.5-inch drives (as opposed to 3.5-inch drives). But despite its diminutive size, this unit doesn’t lack for power: It's every bit as capable as any Synology box, which is saying a lot. The slim in the DS411's name is actually a bit of a misnomer--it's small, but not slim in any dimension. That said, it will fit in places the normal NAS box won't, and using 2.5-inch drives saves power. It also has two USB 2.0 ports, one on the front next to the copy button so you can easily back up USB drives to the unit, and the other on back, directly underneath the eSATA connector. The drives slide easily out the back of the unit, which leads to my only complaint: It lacks a locking mechanism for the drives, which are relatively secure but held in place only by pressure. Synology's windows-in-a-browser DiskManager Station 3.1 operating system is the current role model for the industry.
The DiskStation DS411slim is the second four-bay NAS server that's based on a 2.5-inch hard drive that we've reviewed, the first being its predecessor the DS409slim. Like other NAS servers from Synology such as the DS1511+ and DS410, the compact DS411slim has great performance and tons of features. It's not perfect, however, and could use some improvement in its Photo Station, which takes a long time to generate thumbnails, and in the sluggish Time Machine backup performance. At the street price of $320 (no storage included), however, the DS411slim would definitely be a good investment for a space-conscious environment, be it a home or an office. If you want something that offers even better performance and more storage, we'd recommend the DS1511+. The Synology DiskStation DS411slim shares the same compact and eye-catching design as the DS409slim with the addition of a separate base that helps the bottom-facing fan ventilate better and also makes the whole package even more aesthetically pleasing. Unless you plan on putting the router on a fluffy surface, such as a carpet, this base is unneeded.
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