Synology DS411slim Nas box

The little big store

Drive genius?

Looking at comparison data against the likes of the DS411+, the DS411slim compares favourably. As 2.5in drives are currently limited to 1TB each for a maximum of 4TB in the DS411slim, in terms of storage capacity it compares to two-bay 3.5in systems such as the DS211 series.

Synology DS411slim

Compactness comes at a price

A quick spec comparison against the DS211 shows that the DS411slim consumes around 6W less power in active duty. Up against the pocket-friendly DS211j, the DS411 slim takes 8W less despite a faster CPU clock speed and double the RAM. And while these benefits are tempting, along with being considerably smaller, it’s the cost of storage that is the main issue with the DS411slim.

Verdict

A 1TB 3.5in disk can be yours for around £35 these days. However, the cost of a 1TB 2.5in disk is almost double that. The DS411slim’s price doesn’t compensate either, at around £230 for this unpopulated Nas.

If cost and storage are your main considerations and you can live with a lower spec, the two-bay DS211j costs around £160, and loaded with two 2TB HDDs at around £65 each you can achieve in less than £300 what you would need over £500 to do with the DS411slim. Certainly compactness carries a premium, moreover, the DS411slim is a fantastically innovative piece of kit that performs pretty much as well as its bigger four-bay brethren. ®

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Synology DS411slim

Synology DS411slim Nas box

Diminutive 4-bay Nas that uses 2.5in drives.
Price: £230 RRP