Review: Synology DS216j Value 2-bay NAS Server

The DS216j is Synology’s entry-level £140 2-bay NAS, revamped for 2016 with a dual-core 1 GHz Marvel Armada CPU featuring hardware encryption acceleration. The hardware also offers one Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 ports but it skimps by with only 512 MB of speedy DDR3 RAM. It aims to be an introduction to the Synology ecosystem by offering one of the best value 2-bay NAS servers, supporting up to 16 TB of storage.

While this won’t be your transcoding powerhouse, and there is no scope for expansion, the DS216j still offers a wide selection of Synology’s apps and the award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) software.

What’s in the Box?

The Synology DS216j comes in a fairly understated, brown cardboard box, similar to the more expensive Synology devices. The box is sturdy and looks smart with the contrasting glossy label detailing features of the DS216j. On the outside you’ll find basic information about the dual core CPU, various ports and package contents.

When you open the box, you find the DS216j itself, and a box of accessories including the power supply, mounting screws, Ethernet cable, and a getting started guide.

DS216j Contents
DS216j Contents

The DS216j is a compact unit that is made from good quality plastics, but is a little lightweight and has some give to it. The design is simple and follows the aesthetic of Synology’s other Value NAS servers.

DS216j is a featherweight
DS216j is a featherweight

The front of the DS216j houses the power switch as well as status, LAN, and disk LEDs.

DS216j Front
DS216j Front

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