- Easy access from anywhere with iOS and Android mobile apps
- QuickConnect gives you a fast connection to your Synology NAS via a secure and customizable address
- Dual USB 3.0 ports
- Supports comprehensive network protocols, including Windows, Mac, and Linux, for seamless file sharing
- Synology Drive allows you to sync files across platforms while giving you on-the-go access to your files
- Cloud Sync helps you keep your Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu, and Box storage accounts in sync with your DiskStation
- Hyper Backup gives you multi-version backups with block-level incremental backup and cross-version deduplication
- Web assistant makes for easy set up of the Synology NAS - installation is done in a web browser in just a few steps
If you follow my articles here on PhotographyTalk, you might remember that a few months ago I reviewed the Synology Diskstation DS1019+.
In that review, I spoke of how much I liked that device - it's easy to set up, offers a ton of storage, is fast and efficient, and doesn't take up a ton of space on my desk.
All of those things are true of Synology's newest storage device - the DS419slim - as well.
I've had the DS419slim in my office for a little over a month now, and I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts on it as Synology is officially launching the product today.
The nitty-gritty of it is that it's a 4-bay compact NAS and supports 2.5-inch drives. With four bays, there's plenty of storage for images, but its slim design means it takes up a tiny amount of real estate on your desk - just 4.72(H) x 4.13(W) x 5.59(D) inches.
If you're like me, your desk is a giant, cluttered mess, so having a high-quality storage system that doesn't take up precious room is a definite bonus.
Besides, this little guy weighs just 1.46 pounds, so it's as portable a device as you'll find. Leave it on your desk to save space, take it with you into the field for lightweight and portable storage, or do both!
But don't think that because this is a small and portable device that it's short on features or performance...
It still runs on Synology's excellent DiskStation Manager (DSM) and offers all the RAID protections and file-sharing capabilities of a regular-sized NAS.
It has a dual-core CPU with a hardware encryption engine, read/write speeds that exceed 220 MB/s and 94 MB/s, respectively, and dual Gigabit Link Aggregation with failover support.
Beyond that, this little guy is loaded for bear with tons of other features:
And on top of all that, perhaps what I appreciate the most about this rig is that it's ideal for storing multimedia content.
I have tons of images, as you might imagine, and the last few months I've been diving into video production as well.
With the DS419slim, you can easily manage all that content with Synology's Audio Station, Video Station, and Photo Station platforms, organize your multimedia files, and share them too.
Photo Station, in particular, is impressive because you can organize images into custom categories, link them to social media sites, and create smart albums, all with just a few clicks. There's even a new trick up its sleeve - Synology Moments - that allows you to quickly back up images from your smartphone and share photos as well.
Be on the lookout for a full review of this NAS in the coming weeks!