Small is nice on the subject of NAS packing containers designed to serve up audio and video over a house community. Synology’s 4-bay DS419slim, being constructed for two.5-inch drives, is considerably much less cumbersome than the common NAS field designed to accommodate 3.5-inch drives. The DS419slim is ideal for SATA SSDs (solid-state drives), that are practically noiseless and generate much less warmth than mechanical exhausting drives.

Being geared up with a cooling fan, Synology’s DS419slim isn’t as quiet as QNAP’s fan-less SilentNAS collection, however it’s additionally more likely to preserve your drives wholesome longer. And Synology’s field streams 4K UHD video with aplomb.

Design and specs

The DS419slim  measures roughly 5.5 inches deep, 4 inches broad, and 4.6 inches excessive, together with its ft. There are 4 non-locking 2.5-inch trays (friction holds them in place) that slide out the again, in addition to a pair of gigabit ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port alongside them. There’s one other USB 3.0 port on the entrance for fast copying, in addition to standing lights for the ethernet ports and drives. The energy button and standing gentle are discovered on the aspect of the entrance faceplate.


The friction of the SATA connections, in addition to between the trays and the slots, retains the drives contained in the DS419slim in place. 

The DS419 is rendered in black plastic, and it has sufficient heft with drives put in (my take a look at unit arrived with two 512GB Seagate IronWolf NAS SSDs put in) to remain the place you place it. Without drives, it’d blow away within the wind. Hopefully, you’re not intending to make use of it exterior. 

The CPU that performs the magic is a low-power, 5TDP, 1.33GHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core, supported by 512MB of DDR3 reminiscence. Low energy means much less warmth, and once more, a decrease system fan velocity. Said fan is situated on the underside of the unit and attracts in recent air to flow into out by means of vents on the highest of the unit, in addition to the gaps between the drive trays, which aren’t coated by a door or the like. 

You can regulate the velocity of the fan, however you’ll be able to’t flip it off solely, and it’s not one of many quieter followers I’ve skilled. I stay in a metropolis and am used to white noise. If you’re not, the small quantity the DS419slim emits ought to stay beneath background ranges for those who place it out of the way in which. Just know that it’s not lifeless quiet.

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The DS419slim is barely slim within the vertical dimension. It’s concerning the width of a typical 2-bay NAS field designed for 3.5-inch drives, however it’s about half that top. Calling it the DS419quick could be extra applicable, however much less marketable.

Just like Windows or macOS

If you haven’t skilled a contemporary NAS field, configuring and utilizing one is rather like utilizing a pc, besides that the field’s desktop seems in a browser window. If your router assigns your DS419slim an IP handle of, for instance, you’ll merely sort that handle into your net browser’s handle bar and go browsing. You’ll be introduced with a display screen very like what you see beneath. If you’ll be able to’t discover the field’s IP handle, Synology offers a utility that may. 

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The desktop in a browser from DiskStation Manager 6.

You can attempt DSM—Synology’s NAS field working system—on-line at this link. The desktop in a browser was as soon as a rarity, however many NAS packing containers provide any such interface nowadays, though not all are as elegant or as feature-filled as Synology’s.

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