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Synology DiskStation DS712+ NAS Review

A closer look:

DS712 BoxBox facing with info on some of the advance features contained within. DS712 BoxSide view with specs.

The Synology DS712+ comes in a large box that is easily twice the size of the actual NAS. This is obviously to accommodate all the padding but it could be off putting to someone at first glance looking for a small NAS. That being said I like the clean look of the packaging.

DS712 BoxThe rear of the packaging shows how the DS712+ can be a total solution. DS712 BoxThe final side of the package shows additional features as well as additional advanced features.

As I stated above the actual unit is about half the size of the packaging. The build of the DS712 is much like that of a mini computer case with plastic front bezel and metal side panels that come off much like a small for factor PC. The overall feel of the unit is solid and surprisingly heavy when drives are installed.

DS712 Unit The Side of the unit features an air intake in the form of the company name.
The front of the unit has a black plastic bezel that is home to LED’s for both drive activity and LAN activity. Unlike some products we have reviewed these lights are unobtrusive. Each of the drive bays are lockable – while not super secure locks they will keep idle hands from messing up your array. DS712 Unit
DS712 Unit As you can see I am testing with 2x 2TB WD black drives.
Back side of the DS712+ showing dual LAN ports 2x USB ports and the E-Sata port. The fan that dominates the back of the unit is a 92x92mm fan that is surprisingly quiet and provides cooling for internal components and the drives. DS712 Unit
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