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To call the Synology DiskStation DS413j a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is a degrading understatement – but yes, it serves files over the network. To say it has RAID functionality is also somewhat unfair – the Synology hybrid-RAID is superior technology. To say it comes with a few additional features is just plain wrong – this thing is packed full of features and even has an app store. Not only will it serve up your movie files either raw or through Plex, but you can make them available on your own cloud server. It’ll download your torrents, and handle security recordings from your networked video cameras. This thing is immense, and incredible value for money.

To put it simply, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) is basically a device consisting of one or more hard drives which is connected to a network. NAS devices are useful when there’s a constant need to share files within a network, and it doesn’t require a dedicated computer to be connected to it. We’ve covered some NAS devices in the past, like the Data Robotics Drobo FS Data Robotics Drobo FS NAS Review and Giveaway Data Robotics Drobo FS NAS Review and Giveaway Read More , Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Review and Giveaway Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Review and Giveaway Read More , and even the Synology DS411j Synology DS411j NAS Review and Giveaway Synology DS411j NAS Review and Giveaway Read More . We’ve even shown you how to take the DIY route and make your own NAS device Need Network Storage? Here’s How To Build Your Own NAS Box Need Network Storage? Here’s How To Build Your Own NAS Box NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. As Windows became easier to use with network attached devices, and hardware prices fell, this term started to be used in the consumer market. Today there’s a wide variety... Read More .

Today, we’ll be taking a look at Synology’s DiskStation DS413j and tell you what it’s all about. Then we’ll give one away (diskless).

Introduction

The DiskStation DS413j is a 4-bay Network Attached Storage device that sits at the upper-end of the consumer offerings from Synology and retails for around $380 with no included drives. So be sure to factor in the cost of the drives when making your decision. Even though it supports up to 4 drives, you may start with just one and slowly build up to four hard disks if you use Synology’s Hybrid RAID option.

On the hardware side, it has:

  • 1.6GHz CPU with Hardware Encryption Engine
  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 4 bays for 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA2 drives (16 TB (4 x 4 TB) maximum capacity)
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for external drives, though these cannot be included in RAID volumes
  • Gigabit LAN port

For roughly the same price, QNAP has a similarly specced model – the TS-412 – though it’s not as user friendly or feature-packed. At around $50 cheaper, Buffalo also offers the 2-bay LinkStation Pro Duo (LS-WV4.0TL/R1) which comes complete with 4TB of storage. So even though it’s affordable, the DS413j is by no means a “budget” option.

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Initial Impressions

Make no mistake, this thing is bulky. The box itself is so big, I could barely fit it in one photo.

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Inside, everything is nicely packaged – not a chance of it being damaged in delivery. The Synology DS413j is supplied with a power brick, CAT 5e network cable, drive screws, installation disc and quick start guide. Again, you’ll need to buy your own hard drives, and this isn’t going to run on Wi-Fi.

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The design is so close to being an object of beauty, with solid metal casing on the top and side; yet the front is ruined by a lump of white plastic. Then again, this isn’t an Apple product, and it isn’t designed to be anything other than functional. As long as my data is kept secure, I really don’t care how it looks.

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The front of the case is unassuming, with indicator lights for drives, status and LAN activity; plus a simple power button. On the back:

  • 4 thumbscrews to easily open the case
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, for printers and external drives
  • Gigabit LAN port
  • Power port

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Setting up the Synology DS413j NAS

Adding disks to the DS413j is fairly simple – after unscrewing and pulling down the back panel which holds the two ventilation fans, just screw the disk into a caddy and slide in.

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You do however also need to pull the main casing off in order to then secure the caddy to the rails it slots into.

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Suffice to say the process is laborious, but uncomplicated.

After fitting two 1TB and one 160GB drives, I placed the DS413j into my standing desk, connected it to the network switch and powered on.

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After a few minutes of watching the flashing power light and ensuring the corresponding drive lights were turned on, I used Synology’s web-based assistant find.synology.com through a browser to locate the new DiskStation on my network. Seconds later, it had found the DS413j correctly, with the right IP address. The next step to setting up is initiating the Synology Hybrid Raid (SHR) volume, and in order to proceed, the drives will have to be re-formatted.

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If the Web Assistant isn’t able to find your new Synology DiskStation, you should be able gain access through the IP address directly – check your router’s web panel to find out the corresponding IP for the NAS device, then append :5000

All Synology products feature an amazing user-interface based on Linux called DSM (short for DiskStation Manager), which needs to be downloaded and installed on new DiskStations. The process took about 10 minutes; I was then greeted with a login panel. After logging in, you can immediately view the status of the hybrid RAID (if you chose that setup option), and there’s a welcome tutorial to get you started. I must say, I expected a sluggish cloud OS from past experiences, but Synology’s DSM is runs locally and responded quickly; clicking and dragging is instant, and I was pretty much blown away. In fact, it even has an OS X style window overview!

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Hardware

There’s an ARM 1.6 GHz processor powering the Synology DS413j, with 512 MB of RAM. Although it doesn’t sound like much, it’ll serve you just fine. The device isn’t supplied with any storage media, so you’ll need to add up to four drives (3.5″ or 2.5″) yourself. The beauty of the hybrid RAID technology means you can mix and match drives of any size, not in the traditional paired configuration that most RAIDs require. The only consideration is that when adding or upgrading drives, they will need to be at least as large as the largest current drive – if you already have a 1 TB disk in there, the next drive you add must be at least 1 TB.

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The drives are not “hot swappable” – in other words, you can’t simply pull down the front cover and add or swap old drives for larger ones. Just like a computer, you must power down and open the case to swap drives; then power on, and let it rebuild the system. This is the price you pay for having such incredible server power, and not a simple hard disk case.

Synology recommends their custom hybrid-RAID system, though power users can opt for traditional RAID 0/1/5/6/10 formats. With the hybrid system – SHR as it’s known – drives can be of any mixed sizes, and the DSM will automatically work out the best way to secure them with very little wastage. If you’d like to work out how SHR calculates available space compared to traditional RAID arrays, have a look Synology’s RAID calculator web tool. From the two 1 TB drives I added (actually 930 GB), and a little 160 GB I had lying around, the DSM allocated 1.03 TB with one drive redundancy (ie. the data is safe if a single drive fails).

Disk Station Manager and Supplied Software

The hardware is solid, for certain – but Synology products really shine because of their world-class DSM (DiskStation Manager) software, though it would be more accurate to describe it as a complete operating system. On the user side, DSM has a full desktop GUI which can be accessed over the network – from there, you can access individual modules of functionality.

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It supports up to 1024 users and 256 user groups. Adding individual users is simple enough – an easy wizard walks you through with defaults for most settings, so setting up public drives open to anyone and drives only for individual users is trivial.

For the home user, a variety of media-centric functionalities are provided, though you are of course completely free to not use them, and simply store your data just as you always have. However, these modules assist in delivering media to DLNA-supported devices.

  • Video Station
  • Audio Station
  • Download Station
  • Photo Station
  • Media Server
  • iTunes Server

Video Station allows you to stream videos from the DS413j through the network to any high-definition TV which supports DLNA. There’s no need for a media player of any kind (like the Roku 3 Roku 3 Review and Giveaway Roku 3 Review and Giveaway As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may... Read More )- Video Station provides the user interface, and even transcodes media files if necessary.

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Download Station is particularly interesting – the DiskStation DS413j can be used as a complete torrent manager. I had foolishly assumed this wouldn’t be able to connect over a VPN, but it turns out it can – so leaving my computer on overnight just became a thing of the past. The low-power DiskStation can handle downloading torrents on its own.

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File Station is the default method for browsing files – but this is a separate cross-platform app that you need to install. You can however, enable standard NFS, Samba and Mac access networked folders should you wish to use your operating system’s file explorer, at which point the shared folders just work anywhere. Performance is going to vary greatly according to individual network conditions, and other operations running on the device at the time – but as a quick speed test, I managed about 80MB/sec over a wired connection – certainly nothing to laugh at. Alternatively, you could use the browser-based DSM’s native File Station.

transfer-speed

Time Machine

Thankfully, no hacks are needed to use the Synology DS413j as a compatible Time Machine backup drive. Simply create a shared folder, then enable that folder as a Time Machine service from the Mac tab of the Control Panel. Simple! And sure enough:

imac-tiemmachine

However, I quickly realised that left unrestricted, my iMac was just going to fill the DiskStation up completely. The solution is to create a specific user for Time Machine only, and add a user quota.

Nope, Not Done Yet

Is that enough functionality and features for you? Nope? Fine – there’s an app store too. Package Center allows you to browse and install additional modules, of which there are hundreds. Want to quickly set up and host a WordPress site? Yep, there’s an app for that. And just as Linux allows you to add other repositories, you can expand the available apps through one of the many third party app repositories.

appstore

To my surprise, there’s even a Plex server app, which while a little sluggish, functions perfectly. Unfortunately, the version supplied in the Synology Package Manager was too old to support my Windows 8 client, so I manually downloaded the latest package for ARM Synology devices directly from Plex. It wasn’t a difficult task by any means though – you can manually install apps without going through the official store.

Upgrading and Adding More Disks

This is the only area where Synology lets me down – it takes a long, long time to rebuild drive arrays. Although the initial setup is quick and easy, this review wouldn’t be complete without trying to upgrade the storage, which quickly filled up. If you’ve already added the full quota of four drives, replacing the smallest ones must be done one by one, and the size of the drives must be at least as large as the largest drive currently in there. To replace the small 160GB drive with a fresh 2 TB one took a whopping 36 hours; adding a 4th drive and then expanding the RAID array took almost twice as long again.

expanding-drive

Of course, upgrading and swapping out drives is a task you seldom need to do, so I can forgive this given how feature-packed it is otherwise.

Remote access

Since the DS413j operates on DSM, which is browser-based; this means that you can connect to your Synology NAS device from anywhere in the world with any browser. The EZInternet wizard will get you set up with a dynamic domain name, and help configure port forwarding rules for you. My router was correctly detected, and after filling in a few fields, the wizard was able to set itself up with a static IP address, make any DNS configuration changes, and sort everything out.

Should you buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j?

I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally have a reliable, central storage device. I now have complete peace of mind when it comes to the safety of my precious data and backups, confident in the knowledge that if my computer broke tomorrow, I’d be back up and running sooner than you can say “AppleCare”. In a mixed OS environment, where I frequently encounter problems like my Mac not seeing my media center PC or vice-versa, a reliable shared network device is also a godsend. I may not be making of use of all the features the DiskStation offers, but that’s the point – you can make this thing into anything you want it to be.

Our verdict of the Synology DiskStation DS413j:
Buy one. Feature packed expandability and solid performance will put your data worries to rest.
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How do I win the Synology DiskStation DS413j?

The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Humphrey van Lee! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before July 11 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

  1. Humphrey
    July 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Out of the box it also streams to AirPlay, not only dlna.

  2. Vincent Smith
    June 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Probably do a bit more research between a Netgear readyNAS and this one.

  3. Giles
    June 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I would either get the synology or use the money to roll MY own

  4. Michael G.
    June 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    A Synology NAS!

  5. ernesto chavez
    June 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I would get the Synology DS413j NAS.

  6. Emmanuel Leal
    June 20, 2013 at 3:34 am

    A Synology DS413j NAS.

  7. Jim Davis
    June 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    This one...

  8. Tina Eller
    June 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I would get the synology NAS. It would be awesome to own on of these!!!

  9. Aubrey Power
    June 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I would buy a Synology, of course.

  10. Gabriel
    June 19, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  11. Mandip Das
    June 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Synology DS413j

  12. Damian deLeon
    June 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I will be so grateful if I win this. It will definitely streamline my workflow. Right now my work flow is really bad with 6 external harddrives plugged in to my mac and it is a huge discombobulated mess. The synology DiskStation will allow me to strip down those harddrives and put them in one unit. If I would be so lucky.

  13. ben
    June 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I want to create a BitTorrent Sync server with it!

  14. Eric
    June 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  15. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    probably something like this :)

  16. Kirk
    June 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I'd buy a Synology DS213+ or put it towards a DS412+

  17. Zach Burt
    June 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    would get a synology with some nice 24/7 harddisk

  18. Ian Bell
    June 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Synology and fill it with hard drives.

  19. Robert
    June 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I'd buy this one.

  20. André
    June 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This one

  21. null
    June 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

    A Synology NAS of course

  22. edgar alegre
    June 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This one.

  23. Stéphane
    June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This one would be great :-)

  24. James Wallace
    June 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    If I had $00 for a NAS, I think I'd buy the Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo

  25. bucur
    June 18, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Synology all the way!

  26. Usman Mubashir
    June 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    FreeNAS

  27. null
    June 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Synology or QNAP

  28. Christine L.
    June 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Any Synology device would be just fine for me!

  29. Brett
    June 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I would buy the DiskStation DS413j

  30. Radite Pramudito
    June 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

    If the opportunity on my side, of course I'll buy the series DS413j with all its sophistication.

  31. david craker
    June 18, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I could sure use some NAS and the Synology DiskStation DS413j would sure top the list..

  32. Jeff Miller
    June 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

    After that glowing review, I would have no choice but to buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j. It sounds like KILLER NAS!

  33. dirk moser
    June 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

    i'd buy a synology of course :)

  34. Rob Arnott
    June 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Fantastic piece of kit.

  35. null
    June 18, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I have almost always read nothing but good things about Synology products and the reviews on this one seem to be everything I would need so I would have no problem spending those hypothetical funds on the Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  36. Giancarlo Menacho
    June 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I'd buy this one.

  37. mihirchheda13
    June 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  38. Michelle Wood
    June 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Whatever my 17 yo daughter/techie says: Synology DiskStation DS413j

  39. Lubka Kotmanikova
    June 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This one looks nice - so I could buy it, but I would check the offer in eshops and try to get some advices from more experiences friends.

  40. Boris Belov
    June 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Any Syn would do just fine)

  41. Boris Belov
    June 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Any Syn would do just fine)

  42. Austin S.
    June 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I would buy the Synology Diskstation definitely!!

  43. Roald Bus
    June 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    A Synology NAS!

  44. Jarrett Heine
    June 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It's a toss up between buying this Synology NAS or building a NAS4Free box.

  45. Ed
    June 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    i would buy a Synology DS413j NAS

  46. Jan Hustadnes
    June 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I wood prefer the Synology DiskStation DS413j

  47. Vialli Faijar
    June 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Synology DS213 Air

  48. Sam Nicko
    June 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

    DiskStation DS413j is the perfect and user friendly to buy. Yes thank to your wonderful review and easy to read , if i have $400 i would definitely to buy DiskStation DS413j because tons of functionality and features will uplift my burden from loosing my data. I can't take that high risk for my data being lost. I feel safe and protected when my data with DiskStation DS413j.

  49. Ronnie Schwartz
    June 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    the Synology DS413j

  50. Christine Cunningham
    June 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    probably the Synology DS413j.

  51. sisca
    June 14, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j
    interesting feature and use :) i get interest.

  52. Dave McCausland
    June 14, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Synology DS413j NAS, seems like a solid NAS :D

  53. Corey Olomon
    June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Definitely the Synology NAS!

  54. Wanda Bergman
    June 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  55. Jack Roger
    June 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I'd probably get Synology NAS.

  56. Steve Dougherty
    June 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    If I had $00 to buy a NAS, I'd buy the Synology DS413j.

  57. John B.
    June 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS now that I've read your review.

  58. Mike K
    June 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    A Synology NAS

  59. Thomas Vanderbeeck
    June 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    i’d like to have one .. centralized storage
    It is now always a problem. Where did I store this or that video/photo.

  60. Helena
    June 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Thank you for the giveaway!I cross my finers!
    A Synology NAS of course! a real dream...

  61. Leo
    June 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    If we gave you USD400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?
    The first I had considered when I looked into this for home, was the WD My Book Live Duo 4TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS (currently selling for $350 in Amazon) mainly because its a familiar brand and comes with HDs so its ready to use.
    However, after reading about this Synology product I'd have to think it twice...

  62. Zoran
    June 13, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Awesome!I like it!

  63. Lisa Edwards
    June 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    This totally rocks and I would buy one in an instant if given 400 to do so... otherwise the hubby woud kill me for buying another tech toy instead of focusing on other "more important" (or so he says) home improvement purchases... oh well. Let me win and I'll put it to good use though!!!

  64. Choon Khai
    June 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This one looks good! But I wonder what if dust build up inside?

  65. Maulia
    June 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I definitely buy this Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS, my notebook need a backup data SOON!!

  66. Endless Summer
    June 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I would probably buy this one. You did a great job with reviewing it.

  67. Anthony
    June 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

    My requirements are, in order: reliability, usability, low power consumption. So for the money, DS413j certainly fits the bill well.

  68. Rivernik
    June 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    this one!

  69. Oleksandr O
    June 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I would buy a Synology NAS.

  70. Dan Valentin
    June 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I'm pretty sure that i'll buy a Synology one.

  71. Tom Rhodes
    June 12, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I could use a Synology DiskStation DS413j as a networkedm media centre data storage.

  72. Miah Laborte-Ramos
    June 12, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I haven't heard of NAS or Network Attached Storage until I stumble on this post. I think I would like this Synology DiskStation DS413j, it could be of very good use to us... :)

  73. Ascalion
    June 12, 2013 at 3:20 am

    With $400? That wouldn't even be enough to buy the drives to power the NAS itself! I've read good things about Synology though, so I'm sure I would invest in them if the time came for one.

  74. Pablo Morales
    June 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

    This one.

  75. Shooshee Moodee
    June 12, 2013 at 2:18 am

    would definitely buy a Synology DiskStation ;)

  76. Joseph Shar[e
    June 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    any will do as I have nothing at the moment

  77. Jack Craig
    June 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Honestly, i'd probably buy this one

  78. danielooi
    June 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I would buy Synology DiskStation DS413j

  79. Merlyn
    June 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    this one would work well

  80. Cherry Mischievous
    June 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Q: If we gave you USD400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    A: A Synology DS413j NAS

  81. Eian Ampoloquio
    June 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I will not go far anymore.. I will get this Synology DS413j NAS.

  82. maria molly taylor
    June 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I would ask my brother for advice as he is more knowledgeable about these things

  83. Paul Clayton
    June 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Great article! Backs up what I know about what seems a prodigious piece of kit.

  84. Emil Ljungstedt
    June 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Synology DS413j

  85. James Mackay
    June 11, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I would definitely buy this NAS

  86. patrick siemer
    June 11, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I sure could use more useful space like that NAS.

  87. Suresh Volam
    June 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

    DS411 Slim

  88. Wayne Lockwood
    June 11, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I would buy a Synology DS413j NAS

  89. Aaron
    June 11, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I'd buy a Drobo.

  90. Larry Johnson
    June 11, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Synology NAS

  91. Mike Simpson
    June 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    If you were to give me USD 400 to buy a NAS, I'd buy a Synology DiskStation DS413j. I can make it do exactly what I want.

  92. Clayton Campbell
    June 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Probably this NAS, concept is new to me.

  93. michael
    June 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    i don't know much about nas so i guess i'll go with a Synology nas

  94. Rich Lawrence
    June 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would trust your recommendation and go with the Synology DS413j.

  95. Jakub Kucha?
    June 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Of course that it will be Synology DS413j. Because for 400$ it has the best ratio between performance and price. And it looks so much pro...

  96. Mark Messinger
    June 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I might buy this one. . .

  97. Randy
    June 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I would build my own NAS for better control and scalability.

  98. Paul G
    June 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I would buy this Synology DiskStation DS413j, it looks to be just fine!

  99. Montel White
    June 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I would buy any one of the Synology brands, byfar one of the easiest I have seen to set up and manage.

  100. Michael C
    June 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j. Maybe.

  101. Ryan O'Connell
    June 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I would combine it with an additional self-funded $500 and get an ioSafe N2 powered by Synology for a fire/water/disaster proof NAS solution, along with 2 3TB WD Red HDDs!

  102. Jerry
    June 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I would make my own NAS with FreeNAS

  103. Jerry
    June 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I would like to win this!

  104. Angi G
    June 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I would totally buy the Synology DS413j NAS! It looks great and the software sounds like it would fit my needs perfectly. I like that it supports VPN for torrenting! :)

  105. Mark Wood
    June 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I would would definitely buy the Synology DS413j because it ticks all my boxes

  106. Viorel
    June 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Nice review and I just looking for a NAS solution - initial plan was to biuld one based on free nas, but if there is a spare $400 I will opt for a dedicated appliance and DC413j fit perfectly to my needs...

  107. null
    June 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    If we gave you USD400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    Why, the Synology DS413j NAS of course! It would be a nice upgrade to my 211j!

  108. Glenn
    June 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I need to set up a home network

  109. Sandy Klocinski
    June 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j

  110. Ron Butts
    June 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    f we gave you USD400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy? DS413j

  111. Patrick Siu
    June 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    i would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j

  112. Christopher Koumbas
    June 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I would def. buy this one.. looks awesome

  113. Karen McDonald
    June 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  114. Michael Joshua Pabia
    June 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Well, I never had a NAS device so I am yet to discover how these work and improve my living. Synology NAS devices are popular. I would love one. :)

  115. Eleanor Beavan
    June 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    After reading up on this I would more than likely go with this one x

  116. VC Nickels
    June 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I'd probably try and make my own. Not that there's anything wrong with COTS NAS's (NASi?), I'd just knid of like the experience and bragging rights.

  117. Sushant
    June 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WV4.0TL/R1

  118. null
    June 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I'd buy a Synology NAS if given $400

  119. Srinivas G
    June 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I'll be honest. I really don't know. Maybe Synology's, because now I got to know one! That's the point of Marketing, isn't it? And also because MUO recommends this, obviously. I've been a reader of MUO for years and have no doubt on their judgement. :)

  120. xboxmoonknight
    June 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j would be my choice since the features and the app store seems to be what would server my needs the best.

  121. Zen Resurreccion
    June 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Synology DS413J! what else would I buy? hehe

  122. Ryan
    June 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    A Synology NAS

  123. Franc Loise Ido
    June 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I would buy the DiskStation DS413j :))

  124. Stephen Cowan
    June 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    If I had $400 USD I would buy the synology ds413j, failing that I would buy the BUFFALO LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay 4 TB, If money was no object I would buy the Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage - Black (DS1812+)

  125. Zafar
    June 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  126. LesS
    June 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    the DiskStation DS413j would be fine, thanks

  127. Peter Rogala
    June 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I would get the Synology DS413j NAS for centralized data storage in the home.

  128. Peter Rogala
    June 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I would get the Synology DS413j NAS for a centralized data storage in the home.

  129. Brandon B
    June 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    for USD400 which nas would I buy, easy, Synology DS212J. It's still sold on amazon and is a good blend of features with a very low price, so I could then use the remaining $200+ for some nice disks.

  130. Ramesh Krishna
    June 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    So exited to join this give away hope to win this give away

  131. Jason Blair
    June 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I'd make my own from an old tower case I have.

  132. cLiLush
    June 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    For under $400, I would pick up a NetGear RND4000-200NAS ReadyNAS at $250 on sale, and then a few low sub-$100 1tb hard drives as well. That would be the start of the system and then build it up from there.
    I'm already using NetGear on the network so it would comply with my current hardware as well as allowing me to use something that is low cost, but still a mainstream name (as opposed to a fly-by-night company that also makes sippy cups ;) ).

  133. Brandon
    June 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    With $400 USD I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS. Using the DS413j, I would run RAID 5 on 4x 4TB WD RE drives; although each drive would cost more than the NAS.

  134. Frank Tan
    June 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Any of them (including DiskStation DS413j) seems to be adequate for my needs.

  135. Luis Flores
    June 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    *DS413j would be the choice

  136. Luis Flores
    June 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    DS413j with be the choice

  137. Cassio Rocha
    June 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I would buy the sinology one!

  138. Simon M
    June 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Synology NAS

  139. null
    June 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    would get a synology

  140. Briant S. Davis
    June 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I would consider buying Synology diskstation, but I like buliding a custom freenas or amahi box.

  141. Licha77x7
    June 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Cool!

  142. Kimberly Seiz
    June 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Would love to win something from you guys!

  143. Keith Neilson
    June 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I'd have to shop around, but Drobo would probably be my first port of call.

  144. vicky cockett
    June 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    A Synology NAS of course!

  145. Chris
    June 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I would get the ds413j because of the awesome storage capacity this can have. Good storage for my photography!

  146. Michael
    June 10, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I would purchase the DS413j. I'd make that choice since it would be my first nas, and it would be the best one!

  147. SL
    June 10, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I would get Synology. I already own one (DS212j), I don't even need to boot my computer up knowing I can access it anywhere

  148. Andy
    June 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I've already been considering another Synology. DS411 Slim

  149. Benke Eriksson
    June 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I would buy this one since it seems great

  150. Zipotron
    June 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    HI!
    I just compare some NAS model and I like the DS413j for it 16Gb but the DS213 for it CPU, USB 3.0 port and SD card slot!
    So I'll but a DS213 is I had 300 us$ that I don't have ;(

    Bye!

  151. Vassily Yasmine
    June 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation 2-bay (diskless) NAS, since its price is acceptable for the specs and features you get with it!

  152. Hanna H. Rabah
    June 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

    When I saw this product I fell in love with it! Its the perfect Home NAS for a heavy user! I can't wait to get myself one!

  153. Sherwin Trinidad Ramos
    June 9, 2013 at 2:45 am

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j of course!

  154. d jones
    June 9, 2013 at 1:52 am

    4 bays for 3.5? or 2.5? SATA2 drives (16 GB (4 x 4 TB) maximum capacity)

    i assume this is a typo and the author meant 16 TB....

  155. Carlos Rodrigues
    June 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    definitely a good NAS as that presented in this article

  156. Jeff
    June 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j

  157. Donald Ajaps
    June 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I'd probably choose the LinkStation Pro Duo (LS-WV4.0TL/R1) instead as it has 4TB inlcluded, is sleeker/smaller, and has a host of features just as the DiskStation DS413j does anyway.

  158. erin kelley
    June 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I was just wondering how I can get into the testing and reviewing of products so that I can keep them?

  159. coby
    June 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    If given $400 to get an NAS, I would definitely splurge to get a higher-end Synology box, like the ds412+ or ds812+. DSM alone would make the purchase worthwhile.

  160. Oscar
    June 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I buy a Synology DS413

  161. robert john
    June 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS so I can finally have one. I was planning on building my own but couldn't get around to buying the parts due to budget limitations.

  162. Mario
    June 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I would buy a synology Nas, the 412+ because of the x86 processor. But the 413j is a really great device for low cost

  163. HermanVdD
    June 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I'd buy the Synology DS413J !
    (I own a QNAP TS-419P and it's HELL combined with Mac (OSX 10.8.3) for central data-storage (PC + Mac's in 1 network) > Apple Filling Protocol problems !!! :,-(

  164. Justin Maanao
    June 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I would definetly choose this one, certainly.

  165. Michael Snyder
    June 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I'd buy definitely buy the ds413j!

  166. Phil H
    June 8, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Synology DS413j NAS

  167. Alan Tong
    June 8, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Synology DS413j NAS

  168. Sage Durham
    June 8, 2013 at 12:32 am

    US$400 = Synology DiskStation DS413j

  169. Alan B. Miranda
    June 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    With 400 USD, I'd choose the DiskStation DS413.

  170. Jaime Brown
    June 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    My hubby really wants the Synology DS413j NAS, and with seeing your review, I can see why. It sounds really great, thank you:)

  171. Ray Jacott
    June 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I have the DS1812+ and it is working like a charm,I am planning to expand its use with Surveillance functionality for my premises . I am Already using VOIP, VPN and the DNS (for in-house domain name access). Experimentig with iSCSI LUN at the moment. Thanks to the extra HDD bays I can use some other disk for that purpose. The cloud saves me paper when doing shopping with the shopping list my wife makes on her PC and it just syncs on my Smartphone without a hassle.

    I think I am settled for the coming 4 of 5 years because this NAS is going to grow with me. Already have 8TB of storage with 6 TB occupied. Looking forward to a 3TB HDD upgrade end of the year.
    I am really fond of my NAS that serves me everyday without any problem.
    Thanks Synology, for this great experience !

  172. Naxiz
    June 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Nice review! I already own a Synology DiskStation but the USB ports are broken and its a very old one. Would recommend Synology to everyone!

  173. Serg Ospishev
    June 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Good luck to everyone!Thanks for the contest

  174. Todd Hofer
    June 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    The DS413j of course. I could actually lose 2 of my servers with that little box.

  175. mukhi
    June 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    making one free NAS makes sense to me.

  176. Borja
    June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    DS713+ OR DS413+

  177. Najeeb K
    June 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    This one for sure.

  178. lorenp4
    June 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    with $ 400, I would buy a JJJ to have Time Machine on, and store my videos and photos to enjoy it with my Raspberry Pi in Raspbmc;)

  179. ndsmyter
    June 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I would choose one that has some nice streaming speeds, so I can use it as a streaming server for movies

  180. ndsmyter
    June 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I would choose one that has some nice streaming speeds, so I can use it as a streaming server for movies

  181. Shehan Nirmal
    June 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  182. Tina
    June 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I would try to make one by myself.

  183. Jogsee
    June 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    First give me $400, then I will say.

  184. John Ludlow
    June 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I'd put $400 towards a DS413, or 213 with drives.

  185. Sam Jones
    June 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Well the Synology DS413j NAS is in for the running, your comment on sluggish Plex worried me a little - can you upgrade the RAM at all?

  186. null
    June 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I like the Synology DiskStation DS213+, for it's 2-bays, and USB 3.0 & eSATA ports.

  187. Frank English
    June 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Defiantly buy the most Synology I could.

  188. Al Franco
    June 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Definitely this one

  189. null
    June 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    probably a synology for 400 USD

  190. Huzefa Shakir
    June 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    After reading this review, definitely this one!

  191. Abhijith Raj
    June 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    goood give away

  192. Boet Waldbjorn
    June 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I really like the Lacie myClouds.

  193. Ali
    June 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The Synology .

  194. vladrys
    June 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    If I were bribed with $400 to buy a NAS, I'll definitely get a Synology model. If you asked me a couple of years ago the same question, I would have answered a Drobo, but after reading a lot of negative reviews about it, most about it being too slow, I switched my allegiance and I'm now a Synology convert! :)

  195. T. Jeffries
    June 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  196. Drew
    June 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I would get a Synology NAS in a heartbeat. We have an 8-bay unit at work and the feature set is awesome, and it plays well with every system that tries to access it!

  197. null
    June 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I would buy the Synology just to alleviate headaches. I like that it gives me the option of starting small and building as needs change.

  198. Christopher Cheney
    June 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Im not quite sure what I would buy I am not particularly involved with nas systems so I wouldnt be able to tell you either.

  199. Dominik
    June 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Definitely a Synology!

  200. Ted Wolf
    June 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    $400? I really haven't given it much thought, I just know I need more storage!!!!

  201. Kim Mace
    June 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I would buy this Synology DiskStation of course!

  202. Kelcey Parker
    June 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    If someone gave me $400 to buy a NAS, I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  203. Amy Smedley
    June 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Can't get better than the best!

  204. Gaurav Bhargava
    June 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Synology of course

  205. richard84
    June 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I would definitely buy this one

  206. Waleed Butt
    June 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Your review on Synology diskStation DS413j is awesome enough to buy it when going for a NAS

  207. Arteeestwho
    June 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I'd love to do a DIY raid but If youd gimme USD400 I'll buy ths Synology of course.

  208. stefan
    June 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I'd buy a Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j

  209. Adrian Barat
    June 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    DiskStation DS413j is the one that I will buy it if I had the money.

  210. Erwin
    June 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Of course Synology DS413j

  211. Patrick Saunders
    June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  212. Jerome R
    June 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I would get either the Synology’s DiskStation DS411j or DS413j, (no complaints either way), and a couple HDs to fill the voids

  213. Kyle
    June 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I have no idea what NAS I would buy with $400.

  214. fbizzle
    June 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Given, $400, I would get a Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  215. Stephanie Staker
    June 7, 2013 at 5:49 am

    If you gave me $400, I'd definitely buy this bad boy! It offers so much and I don't even need one. ROFL Seriously, though I'd give it to my son who has his entire legal office on the network. What piece of mind this would give him!

  216. Lesia
    June 7, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Yay I've entered!!! I would buy this one - the Synology DS413j :)
    Thanks

  217. Adeel Azhar
    June 7, 2013 at 5:07 am

    surely Synology Diskstation DS413j NAS

  218. Joses Lemmuela
    June 7, 2013 at 4:58 am

    This one I think, I'm not too familliar with NASs, but it seems awesome.

  219. Totoliciu Dan Catalin
    June 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Sinology, of course!

  220. Scott Eckard
    June 7, 2013 at 4:12 am

    this one

  221. Erric
    June 7, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j. The specifications are impressive!

  222. anna
    June 7, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I trust your expertize for an amateur like me your products will be just fine!

  223. armen
    June 7, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Any Synology device would be just fine for me!

  224. Mike Burger
    June 7, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I have been looking at synology for a while now. I love how low power they are (much like other nas) as opposed to my power hungry quadcore server that I built out of spare parts laying around. I would much rather spend the 400 bucks and buy one of these. It would pay itself off in power in just a couple of years.

  225. francisco
    June 7, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Synology NAS would be my choice

  226. francisco
    June 7, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Synology NAS would be my choice

  227. beth beuter
    June 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

    not sure

  228. Toby Hobbs
    June 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

    The Synology is starting to look better than building my own.

  229. edyshor
    June 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    This one seems more than enough.

  230. Mike Dobson
    June 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Of course, the answer to the question of what you'd buy for $400, "politically" should be a Synology, obviously; however, any DIY solution would HAVE to be an awesome learning experience (assuming you eventually got it RUNNING!) - an usually cheaper than off-the-shelf ...

  231. Al Sam
    June 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo

  232. kmodek
    June 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    The DiskStation DS413j

  233. Damian
    June 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I would get a 4 bay Synology Nas. I currently have the 2 bay DS212J.

  234. Ben Opp
    June 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I'd buy a Synology, probably this one:
    - It has *real* Linux support (not just for hackers)
    - It has DSM, the bestest, most user-friendly OS of the NASs out there
    - It has processing power to spare.
    If I had a way to be sure about how much/how little noise it makes, I'd take the most silent one Synology offers in this price range.
    Same thing goes for energy consumption, combining it with WD Red harddisc, which is supposed to be optimised consumption-wise for use with an NAS.

  235. cralor
    June 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Probably a Synology, or custom setup

  236. dariomartinezb
    June 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Several of my friends already have Synology products. I've witnessed how convenient Synology is so, I'm into joining them.

  237. Tibor Szentmarjay
    June 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Would buy this definitely. Although for backup I use CrashPlan.

  238. Luigi Nigrelli
    June 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    still better than a Time Capsule

  239. Gail
    June 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    After a bit of research I would go for Synology DS413j NAS, it would be perfect for our home network.

  240. GraphicDesignNY
    June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    $400 bucks, with added cash, would go towards any of the Synology NAS systems. I have used them, recommended them and would definitely buy them again!

    GraphicDesignNYC.net

  241. Besian Cato
    June 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    i guess i'd by the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4

  242. Jaffa Vickery
    June 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Have to agree, FreeNAS would be more fun, and the ability to configure it how I want it appeals more to me.

  243. Ana Buia
    June 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This is great to win for storage:)

  244. Amber
    June 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Either the LinkStation or this DiskStation.

  245. Garris Rago
    June 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I would get this NAS and spend the rest on drives

  246. Christopher Rennu
    June 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I'd have do some more research. Synology DiskStation DS413j sounds like a winner!

  247. Danny Wu
    June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    A synology NAS!

  248. Jack Giebel
    June 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I would build my own FreeNAS server

  249. Morrie
    June 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    A Synology DiskStation DS413j of course! :)

  250. Russ Clancy
    June 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    This one.

  251. Gavin
    June 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Something by synology, been planning to do so for ages...

  252. Kashif Maqsood
    June 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    USD 400 for sure...

  253. Grr
    June 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    If we gave you USD400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    I would make my own customized NAS with about 10TB or more storage.

  254. Insaf Khan
    June 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Synology NAS

  255. Stefan Yas
    June 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I don't have much experience to answer, but my company needs this desperately. This review clarifies a lot and as much as I am concerned, I'd go with this one.

  256. Richard Otoo
    June 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    not yet decided

  257. Cableguy5020
    June 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’d most likely buy this one

  258. migas
    June 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I would love to have one of these!

  259. Mike
    June 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I would upgrade to the Synology DS413 for an extra 100 bucks because it bumps the ram to 1 gig, the drives are hot swappable, it's running USB 3.0.

  260. melcartera
    June 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    This one, the Synology DS413j .

  261. Boris Belov
    June 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    i would buy Synology DS413j NAS

  262. Ikhtiar
    June 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I will buy a Synology DS413j NAS

  263. Tim
    June 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Great Giveaway!

  264. salvador hernandez
    June 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    which ever one that cost 400....

  265. Peter Owen
    June 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would buy this NAS. The web interface seems easy to set up and works well. I have tried to set up a linux server (freenas etc.), but something always went wrong. This NAS would fix all of those problems in one fell swoop, I'm not sure if it's worth $380 out of my pocket though.

  266. Jonathan
    June 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    The Synology DiskStation looks like an impressive piece of technology. I've seen NAS devices at this price range that are little more than disks with Ethernet. And often they are limited in the capacity you can put in them, or worse, they come with disks and don't support upgrading. I'd be VERY happy to own a Synology device!

  267. Alexander Genvarev
    June 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  268. Paul
    June 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I would either buy a Synology DiskStation DS413j or have to look at a Drobo if I needed more capability.

  269. Brad Tefft
    June 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I like the concept of a Network Attached Storage (NAS) and the Synology has great features that I'd love to employ.

  270. Viktor
    June 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I have hands on experience with the Synology DS408, so I would hate to look away to a different vendor for a ~$400 NAS solution, as they make awesome hardware.

  271. Ross Farnsworth
    June 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Yes,

  272. John Bell
    June 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The Synology Diskstation looks like a pretty solid offering!

  273. Mladen Stevic
    June 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    A Synology NAS of course! Great piece of hardware & DSM software offers a lot of options.

  274. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    June 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Synology DS413j for sure

  275. AdyTheBass
    June 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    Give me more storage capacity. :D

  276. Emmanuel Olalere
    June 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    If I were given $400, I'd still buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j!

  277. Philip Yusenda
    June 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    USD 400? Hmmm...
    I'll go for Synology

  278. Jorge Bascur
    June 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I don't know yet which NAS to buy

  279. Stephen
    June 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    DiskStation DS413j naturally! ;-)

  280. Mladen Stevic
    June 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Synology! Bring it on :D

  281. It'sMe
    June 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS!!!

  282. Alan Hood
    June 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Of course if you gave me $400 to buy a NAS I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j,after reading the review it would integrate into my setup being utilised for work and play.
    Regards alan

  283. Andy Buford
    June 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I would build my own using freenas

  284. Fabian_F_F
    June 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The smaller Synology 2bay version and with the rest of the money two 3TB HDDs

  285. Dennis Primm
    June 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Cool! Cool! Cool!

  286. Alexander Belkov
    June 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Synology

  287. Stuart Champiny
    June 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j looks great. I have made a NAS using Nas4Free and an old PC. I have also used a single disk Buffalonas system. Getting my hands on one of these would be great. After testing it, I could justify putting one in my IT budget.

  288. Tobin Rysenga
    June 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I currently have IOMega, but the features on this one seem pretty nice. I'd probably buy one as an upgrade.

  289. S Jones
    June 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

    With $400, I'd do some shopping around for great prices...find a NAS cheap enough to also use some money on a drive or 2.

  290. Anthony
    June 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I would first do a thorough comparison of what's available in my country, and then decide.

  291. Joel Wavrecan
    June 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I would build a NAS from scratch, utilizing at least three 2 TB drives.

  292. Allan Mees
    June 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I would buy Synology DiskStation DS413j

  293. Clauber
    June 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS.

  294. ABHAY KUMAR
    June 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  295. Nabil
    June 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Really nice product, thank you for the giveaway :)

  296. Paul van den Bergen
    June 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    I already own the 12 bay Synology NAS - it exceeded my expectations. I want this 4 bay one for a good friend who desperately needs an upgrade but doesn't realise yet just how much it will change their digital life...

    $400? I'd buy a Synology DS413J

  297. null
    June 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I'd buy Synology DiskStation DS413j, of course!!

  298. Mustahsin Sharif
    June 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I would surely buy this

  299. Dave Fitzjohn
    June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This looks like it could be a reliable and secure solution to network storage that makes remote access a seamless activity

  300. Keith Collyer
    June 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Had to switch to IE to see the widget - doesn't appear in FF or Chrome for me.

  301. Keith Collyer
    June 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thinking of using my Raspberry Pi for this, possibly with grayhole

  302. Toma Cristian
    June 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    A Synology NAS :D

  303. y v sai madhav
    June 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

    synology

  304. Erne
    June 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Probably Synology.

  305. Matt
    June 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I like the look of this one. It's feature-packed and seems easy to use.

  306. Dave Cholon
    June 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Synology DS413j NAS

  307. Phil Callaghan
    June 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I think I would choose to buy the Synology DS413j NAS if I was given the money, as I know I would be able to give each member of the family their own data storage and have peace of mind knowing it would be reliable.

  308. Retta Crawford
    June 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I didn't even know the idea was around before now, lol I have a lot to learn!

  309. Nanang Sugiarto
    June 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

    The Synology, offcourse

  310. Andrey Filkin
    June 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Excellent Giveaway, thanks!!!

  311. Peter
    June 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Qnap or Synology with > 2 drives

  312. Rob Connacher
    June 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

    If I had $400 to buy an NAS, i'd buy the Synology Diskstation ds413j

  313. Matthieu
    June 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I'll probably buy this model...

  314. Mark Paigna
    June 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

    After reading the reviewm I'd go with Synology NAS.

  315. John Brown
    June 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Synology DS413j NAS

  316. Suyanto M
    June 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Synology DS413j

  317. Harsha
    June 6, 2013 at 6:43 am

    ME ME ME!!!! Synology!!.. An Amazing piece of hardware.. An befitting review!... :)

  318. Vic Limbo
    June 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j definitely!

  319. Jea Dequiña Blancaflor
    June 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

    A Synology NAS of course!

  320. Junil Maharjan
    June 6, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Synology. i checked them, and there products are awesome.

  321. Dan Ilioiu
    June 6, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Dlink

  322. shrinivas
    June 6, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I will pass this one, though if I had it, my son would make use of it. yet...

  323. Guido Fournil
    June 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Hi,
    Give me this one : I need it, haven't money to buy it, and never won any giveaway : 3 good reasons as you could see.
    Guido

  324. null
    June 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I would buy a Synology NAS! :)

  325. Darrell
    June 6, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Seagate Black Armor NAS 220.

  326. null
    June 6, 2013 at 5:40 am

    If I had $400 to buy a NAS, I don't know which one I would choose

  327. BartC
    June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I'd make my own, as I have a ton of disks on the shelf.

  328. null
    June 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Following this detailed review I have no choice but to buy Synology...

  329. Ben Blasto
    June 6, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Obviously sure I would buy the Synology’s DiskStation DS413j if I could, it's exactly what I need.
    But I can't because I'm Disabled following a car accident, not working and I do not have the money to invest to buy something excellent like that.

  330. Andrew Rossaak
    June 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j would be perfect for me - it looks like it has everything one could want from a NAS - and more.

  331. David Ernst
    June 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Id probably buy the diskstation that was ust reviewed up there.

  332. Va Du
    June 6, 2013 at 4:33 am

    The Synology DS413j NAS since I have no knowledge of NAS as I never needed one.

  333. nonintanon
    June 6, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  334. Mike
    June 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I'd buy the Synology 413j and sell my DS213 (works great, but would love to add more drives).

  335. Kelly Buchanan
    June 6, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Well this model is going for only $379.99 on Amazon and is rated 4.5 stars.... That combined with your recommendation leads me to say the Synology Diskstation ds413j!

  336. Jose Antonio Lambiris Ruiz
    June 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I'd go for this one. I really like its design.

  337. James Keehan
    June 6, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS It is perfect for what I need.

  338. Steve
    June 6, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Synology

  339. James Taylor
    June 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  340. Jie
    June 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  341. Sharon Coleman
    June 6, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I would buy the DS413j NAS

  342. Nathan H
    June 6, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Awesome!

  343. HarleyBBorn
    June 6, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Synology NAS is the way to go! They are the best!

  344. Taurosolt
    June 6, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I would buy Synology DS411+II

  345. mark
    June 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

    id just stick with Synology DiskStation

  346. edward h
    June 6, 2013 at 3:14 am

    With $400 I would hope to buy this NAS. would be nice as the family has 2 laptops and 2 desktops and a tablet.

  347. Richard P
    June 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j seems to be what I need.

  348. Jwwhitejr
    June 6, 2013 at 3:09 am

    If someone gave me $400, I would buy the Synology Diskstation DS413J

  349. Gilles Deschenes
    June 6, 2013 at 3:08 am

    A Synology NAS

  350. null
    June 6, 2013 at 3:05 am

    probably this one only

  351. Kevin Spencer
    June 6, 2013 at 2:55 am

    For the price, I am a fan!

  352. Sean McKnight
    June 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    $400 would get me the Synology NAS

  353. tzevoon
    June 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Synology nas!

  354. Charlita U
    June 6, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Synology NAS --- I guess which particular one would depend on whether or not I got to keep the change difference between the price paid and the $400 I had to spend. :)

  355. David Parsons
    June 6, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I think I'd choose the Synology.

  356. carl
    June 6, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS412+.

  357. Alan
    June 6, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Drobo

  358. stu
    June 6, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Take the money; buy lots of disk space and set up a linux box to make the NAS

  359. Peter H
    June 6, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Synology DS413j

  360. lovekit
    June 6, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j for sure.

  361. Chen YH
    June 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Synology DS413j of course.

  362. Amit Jain
    June 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

    A Synology NAS

  363. Kevin Rikys
    June 6, 2013 at 1:54 am

    If you gave me $400 I'd buy a NAS i'd spend the money on a DiskStation DS413j

  364. fritz Richard
    June 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    gimme gimme this one!

  365. Rafael Villalobos
    June 6, 2013 at 1:50 am

    If I get $400.00 I'll buy any NAS that fits the price and complies with my requirements.

  366. lordmikal
    June 6, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I'm not sure as I haven't looked at any lately - I would have to research them and see - though this one does have a good feature set.

  367. lanmanx
    June 6, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I would buy a Synology DiskStation DS413j!!!

  368. Sérgio M
    June 6, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Before today, I would probably buy a QNAP...but after reading this article, probably a Synology!

  369. Jeremy
    June 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Synology....awesome giveaway!

  370. David
    June 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I'd build my own using FreeNAS

  371. Steven Brown
    June 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j? would fit right in with my new Mac.

  372. null
    June 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j

  373. Rajpal Grewal
    June 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Synology DS413j

  374. frank
    June 6, 2013 at 12:54 am

    if given $400, i would buy either this ds413j or an intel SS4200 and install freeNAS

  375. null
    June 6, 2013 at 12:54 am

    No brainer, I get the Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  376. Andy Frame
    June 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I would buy a Synology NAS. They are the best.

  377. deep
    June 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

    definitely this Synology model after reading its review !

  378. Jim
    June 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I would by the Synology DS413J - and if you'd like me to prove it, send me the $400!!! :)

  379. Ngan
    June 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j, of course.

  380. Alfred Chan
    June 6, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Synology DiskStation DS413j of course

  381. Amlain
    June 6, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I would buy DS413j

  382. Alfred Chan
    June 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Yes, I definitely need one of this.

  383. Lazar Voin
    June 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Synology’s DiskStation DS413j

  384. Ron
    June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

    WOW - What an opportunity, boy I could win this nerdy thing and really enhance my life, OR, take 2 bucks buy a lottery ticket, maybe win some money get a life and say f***k it. and live like real people and maybe get girls and stuff. IMHO

  385. Ron
    June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

    WOW - What an opportunity, boy I could win this nerdy thing and really enhance my life, OR, take 2 bucks buy a lottery ticket, maybe win some money get a life and say f***k it. and live like real people and maybe get girls and stuff. IMHO

  386. Lazar Voin
    June 6, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Synology’s DiskStation DS413j ; Good enough for me ...

  387. Randy Wake
    June 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I would buy the DiskStation DS413j

  388. Ashik
    June 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I would love to have this. Due to the price never bought one but Synology is the best in NAS arean :-)

  389. Bill McGovern
    June 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Synology NAS

  390. Kurt
    June 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Good article. Poor choice of how to enter for sweepstakes/chance to win. You want access to MY "friends" list? No frickin' way. You don't really want my additional thoughts.

  391. Heather
    June 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    probably would buy this one.

  392. Andrew
    June 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I'd probably buy this one, because it has so many features. There was another one I was looking at online a few months ago, whose name I forget, but it wasn't as impressive as this one. This would do everything I want and more

  393. Derek Meier
    June 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Id buy a synology

  394. Dorothy Ho
    June 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  395. Al Crombie
    June 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    If I had $400 - the synology above would be a good choice - particularly given that most of the others you have reviewed cost more

  396. Nagananda
    June 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Synology, as it meets my requirement and is one stop shop.

  397. Al Cro
    June 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  398. John Alldis
    June 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Would be a fantastic addition to my current system

  399. Dave Wells
    June 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I would go for the Buffalo 2-bay LinkStation Pro Duo (LS-WV4.0TL/R1) complete with 4TB of storage option mentioned earlier in the post because it would save me shelling out for new drives and I could pocket the change.

  400. Volodymyr
    June 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks

  401. Katharine Wood
    June 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    This one I guess.

  402. David Guo
    June 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I would definitely get the synology NAS

  403. Mike
    June 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I would probably make my own.

  404. null
    June 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Probably this one

  405. Akilah
    June 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Synology

  406. Akilah
    June 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Most definitely the Synology. I've been ogling it for awhile now.

  407. Ismael R
    June 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Given $400? Synology DS413j NAS looks just fine. I'd build my own, but if the money is there...why not go for the one that's pretty much set already? I'll take one, please.

  408. Joe
    June 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    Based on your review this one, otherwise I would build one myself using hardware I already have

  409. Riccardo Scasseddu
    June 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I would make my own nas!

  410. Peter M
    June 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Would love to try it

  411. Ryan
    June 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Synology makes some great NAS devices - the DiskStation DS413j seems like a great one!

  412. Stewart
    June 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I'd get a synology! They take away a lot of the guess work for how to set it up!

  413. Robert Turton
    June 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I'd choose the DS413j of course :P :D

  414. Robin Siebler
    June 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I'd put the $400 towards a new gaming PC and convert my current one to a NAS using FreeNAS. I already have 2TB+ of storage.

  415. Aaron
    June 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    A Synology NAS with 2 TB of storage :)

  416. Ardhiansyam
    June 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    This one of course

  417. John McNamara
    June 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Very nice giveaway ! ! !

  418. Doc
    June 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I would love to win this - I've been looking for a NAS solution, but I'm rather upset that the Punchtab contest entry system seems to be invasive; I had to connect via Facebook. I'm entirely sick of websites that seem to connect to every email-harvesting and ad-serving system on the Web, and I won't be entering any more contests so long as MakeUseOf wants to inject every Tom, Dick and Harry script into the site.

  419. tim musial
    June 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    This one looks good; the DIY option also seems doable ...

  420. Mike
    June 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I certainly wouldn't buy the Synology DS413j NAS - why would I? You're about to send me one, cos I;m the winner!!!!

  421. John R.
    June 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I read lots of great Synology product reviews so I'd definitely go for a DiskStation DS413j if I had $400.

  422. drowln
    June 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I would choose this one.

  423. Taufik Hadianto
    June 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Of course Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS, it is wrth it guys!

  424. Lesley
    June 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I'd buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j if you gave me $400 - I need one of these!

  425. Steve Montgomery
    June 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Obviously I'd get a Synology DiskStation DS413j!

  426. Heidi
    June 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  427. Charlie Miliner
    June 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I would pick this one! It seems to have a lot of great features!!

  428. M Bergeron
    June 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Based on this review, the DS413j looks good to me.

  429. Joseph tully
    June 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    It's hard to take in all the information about the machine in one pass.

  430. Robert Fuchs
    June 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    > If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    Synology DS413j NAS of course

  431. null
    June 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j......if you gave me the money!

  432. Bob H
    June 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I'd buy this one

  433. Mitch Graves
    June 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Always wanted one of these. thnx for the contest.

  434. Mike Gargano
    June 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j would solve all my storage needs.

  435. gee
    June 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  436. Matt C
    June 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I would make my own, but I'm basically a nerd

  437. Lamar Trotter
    June 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This would let me move my media drives out of my gaming rig...

  438. Jenny So
    June 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  439. Kyriakos Aggeli
    June 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    A Synology DiskStation DS413j of course. So i either win it or you give me the $400 to buy one^^. Either way i'm getting my hands on one of these! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  440. Alex
    June 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I would would you buy the Synology DS413j of course!

  441. Keith W
    June 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Never really looked into buying an NAS so I don't know which I would buy - give me the $400 and I'll do the research :-)

  442. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    A good one...!

  443. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    A good one...!

  444. Janice Kyle
    June 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I would really like to have this.

  445. Joshua Jones
    June 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j of course, otherwise i wouldn't have entered the contest.

  446. Gaetan Longree
    June 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I would spend $400 on the best Synology NAS available for 24/7 storage to place all my utilities and access them remotely for repairs .

  447. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Definitely get a Synology DiskStation with my $400

  448. Peter
    June 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I know very little about NAS devices, so I'd go with MakeUseOf's recommendation and get the Synology DS413j.

  449. Sonesh Lakhani
    June 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Just entred hope to win

  450. Michael So
    June 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  451. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I don't know yet which NAS to buy, but it should be of solid quality.

  452. Steve Heffner
    June 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    A NAS would be a nice prize.

  453. Nancy Wallace0
    June 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I would definitely by a Synology NAS. I have set them up for several of my clients, and they are by far the most reliable.

  454. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I totally covet the Synology NAS systems. Been looking at the 2 bay consumer model but would love the DiskStation DS413j. If I had an extra $400, that's where I'd invest it. I've built my own Ubuntu NAS on top of BTRFS but would happily retire it. The electricity costs alone would make it cost effective -- to say nothing of the time I've plowed into the thing.

  455. heg
    June 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I would buy a DS413j

  456. Lilia So
    June 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  457. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  458. null
    June 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Interesting question... This one seems pretty nice. I think i would go with this one. Like how small it is.

  459. Majkl
    June 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I definitely want that one!

  460. Keefe Kingston
    June 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I rely alot upon MakeUseOf's reviews on products. Over the course of time, this site has introduced me to devices and programs I didn't know existed, giving me helpful reviews that can help me decide for myself. I'd probably buy a Synology DS413j NAS based on it's good review, and all those attractive features on it.

  461. Alberich
    June 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Synology NAS for sure!

  462. Bruno Pacheco
    June 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    A Sinology, of course.

  463. Angela M
    June 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    $400? the Synology DiskStation DS413j. after all, the review is awesome & will centralize so much of my digital life. the rebuild time seems annoying but i currently have a drobo (not networked) and that takes a long time too...

  464. Robert J
    June 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Every review I've ever read about network servers have praised Synology's hardware and software, so if I had the $400 I'd absolutely buy one from Synology. (and maybe save up a little longer for one of their bigger units with more HD bays.)

  465. Michael Grove
    June 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I would get a synology with 4 hds in before setup...

  466. Marlon So
    June 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS!

  467. Michael
    June 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I would get a Synology DiskStation DS413j

  468. Wendell
    June 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I would buy the DS413j, DS413 or the 412+

  469. John
    June 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    •I like the Synology NAS

  470. John
    June 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I like the Synology NAS

  471. Manuel So
    June 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  472. Dimitri de Marneffe
    June 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I would not buy any NAS, but would organise a night fever in las Vegas

  473. Toby Jones
    June 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Not sure about anything for $400, but definitely something from Synology!

  474. Jim P
    June 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Looks pretty slick!

  475. deadman36g
    June 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would for sure buy this for 400$ Not happy with ReadyShare and have been looking for an alternative

  476. Dennis Remillard
    June 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I would love to own this NAS and it would me all my needs!
    Great giveaway.

  477. Buck Shockley
    June 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Probably the Synology Diskstation. Looks really clean and nice.

  478. David
    June 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I'm looking for an alternative to using PLEX on a Windows PC. I think the Synology NAS could be a great backend for serving up multimedia content.

  479. Contradictorio
    June 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I think I would buy a Synology Nas.

  480. Larry C
    June 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    why no WiFi ? and why you got to format before use ?

  481. null
    June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I would buy this one.. Looks awesome. Currently using a very slow USB storage option

  482. Marlon So
    June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    yes

  483. Nez
    June 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Well, now it would be Synology, thanks to this review.

  484. Rok Vetršek
    June 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I would buy this one for 400$ :)

  485. Caleb
    June 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy? I would either build a DIY NAS solution using FreeNAS or purchase a Seagate BlackArmour NAS

  486. Deborah Herrick
    June 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    This one.

  487. IndigestionGrl
    June 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I would buy this one

  488. Bart N
    June 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I would get the Synology DS212j (White) with 2 2TB drives. Synology's GUI looks awesome plus all the great functionality. This would replace my desktop at home!

  489. Deborah Herrick
    June 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Yes, I'd like one.

  490. Scott M
    June 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This one!

  491. Deborah Herrick
    June 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Interesting. Think I'd like it.

  492. Lawrence Anderson
    June 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I could build my own, but I have a wife and kids that need more attention than my own projects. :) I would definitely buy this one for the simplicity and the full-featured options.

  493. kyfho23
    June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Probably this one, as it seems Linux-compatible.

  494. Graeme M
    June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Absolutely a Synology DS413j especially after the incredibly succinct review and now that you have made me and so many others aware of this stunning product. Thanks James

  495. Ivan Kazandjiev
    June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    A Synology NAS of course

  496. Todd Dixon
    June 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    For all of the features described in the article and the ease with which you can use them, a $400 price tag is a real steal.

  497. Farseeker
    June 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Me too!

  498. Nancy
    June 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I'd buy the one you recommended. :)

  499. Steve Bouchard
    June 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Oh Man I could put this to good use.

  500. Jeff Cook
    June 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Synology NAS FTW!

  501. Luis Zandonadi
    June 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I own a smaller Synology NAS and I'd totally like to win this one.
    I tried the other NASes Mentioned there but I liked Synology way more.

  502. Aviral Goel
    June 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    This one only.

  503. Jim
    June 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This is a cool device

  504. Jim
    June 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This would be so nice to have at home to share photos music and videos.

  505. Darren Reynolds
    June 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    gotta be a Synology DiskStation

  506. Timothy Choi
    June 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Using Shuttle XPC to build my own NAS.

  507. Derryl Cocks
    June 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Device looks great!

  508. Richard Daugherty
    June 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I would buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j. It sounds like it's very easy to use and would be perfect for storing and archiving my growing photo collection.

  509. Sandy Bruce
    June 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I would have to get the DS413j. I like the size and the 4bay compacity. I could move all of my drives into one central location for network sharing.

  510. Kenneth Edwards
    June 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Would make a choice only after doing my own research. Always.

  511. Darren S
    June 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    synology

  512. cheridene
    June 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Synology DS411j

  513. paul
    June 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I would get a synology.

  514. Jeff Shinn
    June 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    The one that costs $400!

  515. Gord
    June 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    A Synology NAS would be what I would purchase!

  516. null
    June 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Not sure which one, but probably the Synology would be a great consideration.

  517. Sam
    June 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I would by a synology because of the reviews that I've seen and because drobos make me nervous.

  518. Damian deLeon
    June 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    wow, from what I read It totally seems that this is much better than a Drobo. I want this.

  519. null
    June 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Useful? definetly..........

  520. hal3l3
    June 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    SYNOLOGY!!!

  521. vicntc
    June 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?
    Most definitely, the Synology DS413j NAS
    Based on your recommendation, of course.

  522. Dale Miller
    June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I would build my own and use FreeNAS or something similar.

  523. Bayzid H
    June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I'd actually like to get the PogoPlug or TonidoPlug simply due to now small they are. (For some inexplicable reason, I find small pieces of technology really cute...)

    Otherwise I'd probably get the Synology DS411slim or the Drobo Mini or even build a freenas using the Bitfenix Prodigy case as a base (again with my affliction for small things, I might actually need to see some about this...)

  524. Grant Allen
    June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    i have to be honest...if i had $400 i would put it towards a down payment on a house. but if you gave me a down payment on a house i would defiantly buy the Synology DS413j because you say it's a good one, and I believe you.

  525. Therese
    June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS

  526. Ryan Walmsley
    June 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Now that I've read the glowing review, probably this one if I had that much to spend.

  527. Earl Waud
    June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I would probably get the Synology DiskStation. I have a drobo and a drobo 5N and would like to compare.

  528. haci3
    June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    A Synology NAS. probably a lower model and get a hard drive as well.

  529. terrence moch
    June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    if I could afford this one I would buy this one anytime

  530. Curtis
    June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I would buy a low end computer and a couple hard drives for a FreeNAS box

  531. haci3
    June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    A Synology NAS of course

  532. Alan C
    June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Probably this one, as the amount of features described in the article make this a very compelling choice. It sounds as though you would never regret buying this one after finding out there was somthing you wanted to do but couldn't... :)

  533. Ignacio Hernandez
    June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    man this look awesome and if i don't win it i will probably go out and buy one myself.

  534. petersw
    June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I would strongly consider buying this one!

  535. Herb
    June 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  536. Jesse Reynolds
    June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I would buy a Synology DiskStation DS413j!

  537. null
    June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  538. xord
    June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    One of course.

  539. MarcF
    June 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I'd get a Synology and load it up with some WD Red drives!

  540. Kevin Walli
    June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Great product, I would love to get one!

  541. Tom McArthur
    June 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

  542. Mykyta Shvets
    June 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    The Synology DS413j NAS of course!

  543. lkrss
    June 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  544. Jeff Sweet
    June 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    After reading the review, I'd probably decide on a Synology.

  545. Betty Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  546. bettina86
    June 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    i would make my NAS, so i decide what i buy.

  547. Fred Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  548. Brandon Doyle
    June 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Make my own with FreeNAS.

  549. Gerald Shimizu
    June 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    This same one,Synology DiskStation DS413j

  550. Anthony Russo
    June 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    This one.

  551. Lynn Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  552. Lynn Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  553. Lynn Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  554. Lynn Murphy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  555. Terry Agee
    June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    When I receive the $400, I buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j!

  556. null
    June 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I've heard positive reviews from personal friends using this NAS. This is the one I'd choose now if I had the money.

  557. Marie Tracey
    June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    DiskStation DS413j

  558. George Grimes
    June 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    This would be an awesome addition to my home network!

  559. Dietmar Lichota
    June 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I'd most definitely buy this Synology DS413j NAS. Drives are inexpensive and I may even have a couple kicking around.

  560. allan lowrie
    June 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    any to the closest value! Wanted one of these for ages!

  561. Sylanel
    June 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    If I was given 400$ to buy a NAS, I would definitely buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j after reading this review.

  562. Al S.
    June 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This one

  563. winkywes
    June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy? This one all the way. I use a DS213 at work and it rocks. Thank you!

  564. Derek Clarke
    June 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I'd buy this one for sure, would definately come in handy.

  565. P.F. Bruns
    June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I'd buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j based on the review.

  566. stanthur Hippolyte
    June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Owning a DS413 would put me up to date.

  567. Leif Nelson
    June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I have a DS209 at home at the moment (2 bay) and it is working very well. I've been happy with Synology's support (forums/boards - I've never needed to contact any one personally).
    I'd just have to fill this thing! 4x$300? Maybe I don't NEED that much storage... but then I'd have it.

  568. Andy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I'd probably the one most highly rated online

  569. YG
    June 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I would buy this in an instant. So much promise.

  570. Vlado Gomez
    June 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    my favorite

  571. Azhar Mamoojee
    June 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Apple Time Capsule

  572. Tony Franks
    June 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This one, of course!

  573. Pierre
    June 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I think with $400, I would by the DS413j.

  574. nohl
    June 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    cool product.

  575. William Kennedy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    A dependable model would be fine...

  576. Govi Hines
    June 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I would totally get a new Synology ds413j

  577. Daryl Brooks
    June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I'd buy one that's hot swappable. If I couldn't locate one at that price, I'd buy the one reviewed here.

  578. Andy
    June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Build a HTPC/NAS.

  579. Will
    June 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I'd like to buy an asustor but $400 wouldn't even cover their bottom of the line unit.

  580. Allen Baker
    June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    If I had $400 to spend on a NAS, I would likely put it into one of the Synology systems since they seem to have a very good reputation. But the lack of included disk drives would be a problem. I'd have to weigh the options with other (smaller) systems.

  581. Inna Yankovska
    June 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Synology!

  582. Tate Sanchez
    June 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS is the choice of course! :D

  583. Kunal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Synology

  584. Zsolt J
    June 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Want it!!!

  585. Scott
    June 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I would buy extra HDD's for my media server @ home to increase my overall storage capacity.

  586. Paul Rhodes
    June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    This one

  587. Phillip thomas
    June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Std multi tb drives.

  588. Phillip thomas
    June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Std multi tb drives...

  589. Alex Stomp
    June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I would buy the 4bay one.

  590. Jacob
    June 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    If given $400 to buy a NAS I would buy a Synology NAS

  591. Oriol
    June 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I would probably get a Synology NAS.

  592. Ryan Grassfield
    June 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    If I could afford it I would get the one off amazon with the 8TB of space!

  593. Ira Brandstein
    June 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    If I had $400, I would make my own NAS and run FreeNAS as well!!

  594. null
    June 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    A Synology DS413j obvi

  595. Alfred
    June 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    for $400, Synology DS213 2 Bay NAS Server

  596. Adam
    June 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Keep in mind that backing up to this device does NOT mean your data is secure. Your single point of failure is still your house. If your house burns down, you still lose all your precious data. If you are robbed, they may take your computer and your NAS. I work tech support for a NAS manufacturer, and we had a few people from OK that lost EVERYTHING in the tornado.

    You should ALWAYS backup to an online service, or at least store your NAS at a friend's house.

  597. Rick64
    June 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Synology NAS

  598. Anne Fulmer
    June 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I would buy the Synology NAS with a disk

  599. Jurmy Chris
    June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Synology NAS

  600. Larry
    June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I would probably build my own using freenas because I like the tinkering.

  601. Elizabeth K
    June 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I would feel comfortable buying the Synology DiskStation DS413j after this review

  602. Jonathan C
    June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Would clarify one or two points.
    "Package Center allows you to browse and install additional modules, of which there are hundreds."
    I cannot confirm whether it has hundreds or not available to it, but they only have around 46 apps in there now, from the official repo. They do add more and they do update them, which is a plus. I have a community repo added which adds another 26.
    "To my surprise, there’s even a Plex server app, which while a little sluggish, functions perfectly. Unfortunately, the version supplied in the Synology Package Manager was too old to support my Windows 8 client"
    Interesting. I just checked the version I have installed via the official repo and it's the same as the one they have on their site.
    Anyway, the Plex app works for the most part, however it is not perfect. First, due to the ARM processor, it will not do any transcoding. Which is a shame as most of the "transcoding" that I would need would just be remuxing, which isn't that processor intensive.
    Secondly, the Plex streaming does not always work. I have a really cool setup with Sickbeard/Nzbget/Plex where it automatically downloads TV shows, organises them, notifies me and adds them to Plex so I can use the Plex TV app to stream them directly to the TV. The Plex app rarely manages to get the streaming working perfectly, as more often than not, it hangs or fails. I have no idea what would cause this as other times, even on the same files, it works fine.
    Linked in with the setup, I must also add how I love how I can just enable and disable the ability to access it with Putty, which allowed me to create a SymLink so I can access Sickbeard Downloads via the web interface. No "jailbreaking" needed, even though it is fairly easy to do that.
    " The EZInternet wizard"
    I hated the wizard because it didn't support my router. This came as no surprise as I have one specifically from my ISP, but one can hope because it was based on Netgear. But the reason I hate it is that, because of this, I couldn't simply skip the port forwarding section (even after had manually setting all the ports up) and move onto the next section. Though what redeemed it is that the next section could be found elsewhere, but it was a pain in the arse.

    Remote access is a bit of a problem for me, as most places I've tried, or would try, to access it from only allow connections to port 80. Only the web service is based on port 80, and this just isn't enough for access. Especially when I would like to keep a certain amount of data security. What I would like to see would be the ability to connection to "dsm.#####.synology.me" or whatever my url would be, as a subdomain, which would then link me to the correct place, like a Symlink.

    The Download station is very good (with support for Torrents and Usenet along with HTTP/FTP links). I love the drag and drop functions and a few other things about it, though I do find it weird that it doesn't actually put the files in the directory till they're ALL complete, which is a bit of a hassle for torrents.
    For torrents, I installed Transmission onto it. This allowed me to use Transmission Remote GUI to literally use it like uTorrent on my desktop.

    I too found the setup of Disks shockingly slow. Especially how, the first time I set it up, was with a simple JBOD. It took hours with a tiny 1TB drive. Though I do like how it can use USB Hard Drives, although I attempted to use a USB TV Tuner and it didn't quite work as planned. I should try again at some point.

    I love the NAS, I really do. I love the features, but it is incredibly slow for a lot of things.

  603. Jared Capson
    June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I'd buy a Synology one. I've used the DS212j, and it works great!

  604. Denis Krasko
    June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  605. Terry
    June 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    synology

  606. Mac
    June 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Probably a DS413 as it has USB 3.0 ports

  607. Paul Vi
    June 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Great prize!!

  608. Frank
    June 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    400 bucks perfectly fits a new Synology DiskStation DS413j :)

  609. Steve
    June 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I would probably go for the Synology Disk Station DS1812+ NAS server - Serial ATA-300. It can accomodate many different RAID setups assuring data backup, it's secure, and working with high resolution graphics and video it provides a way for me to expand and manage large amounts of data on my network.

  610. Bart Boryczko
    June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I would buy the Synology DS413j NAS, of course!

  611. Scott
    June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    If I were buying, I'd have to compare Synology with offerings from Buffalo and others. That's a tough pricepoint to navigate.

  612. null
    June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I would probably Buy a Synology I am haven eyeing them for years now

  613. John R
    June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This one of course!

  614. 2Droids
    June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    The DS413j, or similar model from Synology.

  615. Dmytro Shvets
    June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    A Synology NAS

  616. Scott M
    June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I like the one on offer.It fits my needs perfectly.The Synology DiskStation DS413j.

  617. Via Dolorosa Sapulete
    June 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j of course

  618. Dave King
    June 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy? I Have had Drobo and Synology, I must say the Synology is more robust as well as a heck of alot faster so that would be my choice....

  619. Matt
    June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I'd buy a Synology!

  620. dnyaneshmankar
    June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I'd buy a this or a drobo.

  621. Ian
    June 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I would buy an inexpensive, small computer and install Linux and/or FreeNAS on it to act as a NAS and a web server.

  622. Devmeet Uberoi
    June 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I would spend that 400$ to build my own NAS with best components :)
    But i love this Synology diskstation :)

  623. Jonathan Schwartz
    June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Of course the Synology DS413j NAS! ;-)

  624. jofen
    June 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Id buy the Synology DS413j

  625. jofen
    June 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I'd buy the Synology DS413j

  626. Eli Miller
    June 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    with $400 I think I'd get the diskstation you just reviewed, looks nice

  627. Issac Chan
    June 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  628. Matthew Hofbauer
    June 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Synology DS413j

  629. zerifi
    June 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I don't know.

  630. Koteswara Rao Mandava
    June 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Four HDDs

  631. Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    This one seems pretty awesome!

  632. Jason Gwin
    June 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Either this or a custom. But it's hard to beat the features out of the box with this one.

  633. nhp12345
    June 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS will definitely be my first choice and Buffalo 2-bay LinkStation Pro Duo (LS-WV4.0TL/R1) could be the 2nd! :)

  634. CoolHappyGuy
    June 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    As a satisfied Plex user, I would LOVE this! The other features look awesome as well. I wish the review would've examined power consumption.

  635. bjørnar Berntsen
    June 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Synology

  636. JonasEikeland
    June 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    I would buy Synology DiskStation DS413j

  637. Jitendra Adhikari
    June 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    ..will try to make my own using Ubuntu!

  638. kossi Noameshie
    June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I'll buy Synology.

  639. Maurice Rich
    June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Synology DS413j...

  640. Max Cote
    June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Probably this one

  641. Maurice Rich
    June 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I'd trust this recommendation & go with the Synology DS413j.

  642. David
    June 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Well, after reading this article I'd say everything I need is in the Synology DiskStation 413J.

  643. Jackie
    June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I would probably by this one, it looks like everything we need.

  644. Daniel T
    June 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    A Synology NAS d`ohhhhhh.

  645. Yanhua T
    June 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  646. Yong
    June 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    DS413j

  647. Sean Heckaman
    June 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I'd get some nice drives and through them in a home built box

  648. William S.
    June 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Before the review I probably would have gone with a Drobo, after that review, I think a Synology would be in my very near future.

  649. adly_asraf
    June 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    If you give that money, I will buy Synology DiskStation DS413j for sure.

  650. J
    June 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Drobo 5N

  651. Scott Pickett
    June 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I would probably take the $400 and put towards a Drobo FS. I need something to work with my Plex server

  652. Louis Davidson
    June 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Not sure. Don't undersytand this tech enough but this looks like a good one to have

  653. Anthony
    June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    This one

  654. G N
    June 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    i’d buy this one

  655. therealzedman
    June 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I have a 1TB ZyXEL nas drive so would look for something to go with that...Lantastic !

  656. Jasper John Cecilio
    June 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Any Synology NAS!

  657. Kilgore Trout
    June 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j OR DS213air; but I would prefer the Synology DiskStation DS213air.

  658. Lönja Selter
    June 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    a large freenas farm, or something like this

  659. Ken Deemer
    June 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The one that I'd get, well the one that I could for $400! I would probably buy Synology DS413j

  660. Wolfgang Marcos
    June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Synology is the only one I know, so I guess I sould buy it!

  661. Claire Curtis
    June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    If you gave me $400, I'd follow your recommendation and get this NAS (Synology DiskStation DS413j). It seems much more flexible than any other I've seen.

  662. null
    June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I'm still 50/50 between something like this or following through the SMB server route, for which you guys kindly provided a nice tutorial :)

  663. Claire Curtis
    June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    This is far more a mini-server than a storage device. Love it.

  664. Brian Copper
    June 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I would probably buy this one. I have so many external drives for my laptop its hard to keep track of it all so. This would help.

  665. Mohammad Wasiullah
    June 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I search in Amazon.com but i found Synology DiskStation DS413j
    is best in $400 in this range this is perfect

  666. Susan moore
    June 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    i would like to win this, it would be cool!!!

  667. winstonleong
    June 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  668. John Johnstone
    June 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    with $400, I'd do the largest LG-nas product I could afford. Have used them for years.

  669. Kha
    June 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    i will build my own

  670. Rahul Yadav
    June 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I would go for Buffalo's LinkStation Pro Duo as it comes all equipped with 4 TB of storage as well.

  671. rannnzzz
    June 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I would buy a Synology DS413j NAS

  672. Paul Werner
    June 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    If I had $400 from you to buy a NAS, I'd buy the Synology DS112J and pocket some cash

  673. null
    June 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    If I'm given $400, I would no doubt get Synology 413j, I've sold a unit of this to one of my client with 4 2TB WD Red drives, and it just sold me to it! Damn I wished it's my own NAS instead of my customer's >.<

  674. Michael
    June 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    The Synology DS413j NAS of course!

  675. Brian R
    June 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Synology NAS.....your writeup makes them sound pretty sweet

  676. James MacLachlan
    June 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    the Synology DS413j of course.......

  677. Chris Marcoe
    June 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    That's a nice piece of equipment. Only problem would be the 4X4T drives not coming with it.

  678. Brett Schneider
    June 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I would definitely buy the Synology DiskStation DS413j with your money, if not, I'd use my own money.

  679. Brett
    June 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I would probably buy this one. So far my Synology DS212j has been very reliable, I only regret not buying the 4-bay model so I could add more drives and still have a proper raid setup.

  680. Chris Knopff
    June 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Q: If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?
    A: I would personally build my own, but if given opportunity of a built NAS it would involve either Thecus, Asustor or Synology

  681. Sergey Novikov
    June 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    fingers crossed )

  682. Shane
    June 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Drobo

  683. Mike
    June 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I've been planning on picking up one of these exact NAS units for awhile, but winning one would be even better.

  684. ajinkya
    June 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    nice giveaway...,,,,,

    i would like to win this one only

  685. Alexander Kenter
    June 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    If I were given $400 to buy me a NAS, it would be the DiskStation DS413j.

  686. Hiren Patel
    June 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS only :)

  687. Carlo Masone
    June 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I would get a synology

  688. Michael H
    June 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Given $400, my first thought would be to put it towards a Drobo Mini.

  689. DoYouBuntu
    June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I could certainly "Make Use Of" that Synology DiskStation.

  690. Jose Ortiz
    June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds great, I would love to have one of this babies on my house!

  691. Antonio Iacobone
    June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I would buy this Synology NAS!

  692. Krzysztof Krupnik
    June 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    A Synology NAS!
    Great giveaway

  693. Gonzalo
    June 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I prefer to mount a raid in my own computer, so no.

  694. Jasmin
    June 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Nothing else but this one. Not only that it's useful it will be a good investment at some point.

  695. null
    June 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Synology NAS is myn choice

  696. Tim Bovey
    June 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I have compared Drobo and Synology, and Synology is the one I would buy

  697. Kay Fritz
    June 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I never had the money to spend it on a NAS so I would really take any that I could afford.

  698. Robert Stanulis
    June 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I think I'd buy this one

  699. Catherine M
    June 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    The synology

  700. null
    June 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I would use the $400 to buy the largest SSDs I could find and then throw them in my current Diskstation (which is, admittedly, a lesser model...the DS212). I love what I already have but would like to see what faster drives could accomplish.

    • likefunbutnot
      June 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Probably not very much since you'd be losing pretty much all the benefits of an SSD to a saturated gigabit uplink and a slow CPU.

  701. Trevor Hackett
    June 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    A Synology NAS! The interface looks sweet

  702. David Hanslip
    June 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I'd most probably buy this one to

  703. Harry Bowen, Jr.
    June 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4

  704. Liu Han
    June 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  705. Sam Morgan
    June 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Probably the Synology, seems pretty straightforwards.

  706. Charles Hardy
    June 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I would buy the synology one as it would suit me better having the option to upgrade and even add USB drives makes that a bonus!

  707. marc matthes
    June 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    this is a very cool piece of equipment

  708. GodSponge
    June 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Either a cheap drobo or make my own.

  709. Brian Peschel
    June 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  710. Lisa B
    June 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    The Synology DiskStation DS413j looks pretty sweet!

  711. guesshu_79
    June 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Synology DiskStation DS413j

  712. John
    June 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Probably a DS411slim.

  713. russell kokegei
    June 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    i would buy Synology DS413j NAS

  714. russell
    June 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    i would buy a Synology DS413j NAS

  715. russell
    June 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Synology DS413j NAS

  716. Sue Bou
    June 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    As the Synology diskstation is around $380, that's what I'd buy :)

  717. Deveril D
    June 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    i would you know

  718. havalabdulkarim
    June 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I will pay for Synology DS413j NAS.

  719. sharyn
    June 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Synology Nas xx

  720. Tiago Rosado
    June 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    If we gave you $400 to buy a NAS, which one would you buy?

    Synology NAS

  721. Jaypee Cruz
    June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    i'd like to have one .. centralized storage :D

  722. Jeff Embree
    June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Any Syn would do just fine.

  723. Angela Barnes
    June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I would buy the DiskStation DS413j

  724. Robert in SF
    June 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I would trust your recommendation and go with the Synology DS413j.

  725. Desi Jatt
    June 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    i'd buy this one

  726. Seth Savitsky
    June 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Been looking at Synology for a while now...

  727. George
    June 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    A Synology NAS!

  728. Allan Ogg
    June 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Been looking at Synology NAS enclosures for a while so probably one of them (if I had the money).

  729. Geetansh
    June 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    This one only.

  730. Koshy George
    June 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    A good one.

  731. Alex Waterton
    June 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    If you gave me $400 to buy a NAS, I would would you buy the Synology DS413j because it would fit my needs perfectly

  732. Cliff Hosler
    June 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    This one

  733. Matthew P
    June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I'd buy this one. Seems like a good investment

  734. John Silverio
    June 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    A Synology NAS of course! Any will do as their line up is awesome.

  735. Stephan Leuenberger
    June 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    would get a synology with some nice 24/7 harddisk

  736. slobodan zekic
    June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    nice Giveaway :)

  737. Dany Bouffard
    June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I would make my own NAS with FreeNAS I cna decide what i want to put in there.

    • likefunbutnot
      June 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

      A basic recipe: An IBM M1015 SAS controller (8 SATA/SAS ports for $100 on Ebay) + a very small internal SSD to run your OS. FreeNAS will almost never touch your CPU to any significant degree, so anything that's new enough to be dual core is probably just fine- Synology and Drobo both use Atom CPUs for a lot of their entry level boxes and they work fine as well, but ideally you want as many DIMM slots as possible to be populated with high-capacity modules. Bearing that in mind, if you can find something with six or more DIMM slots (an old LGA1366 motherboard, for example), you'll be in a better place.

      If you're going the big box route, look at a 20 or 24-bay Norco enclosure. That will give you the backplane to support a decent number of drives. If you're not that ambitious, something like an NZXT Source 210 will hold eight drives and that's enough to get you started.

      Personally, I prefer Seagate 7200rpm drives to WD's. 3TB is the sweet spot. Do not even bother with "Green" drives. They don't work worth a crap in any kind of array, be it hardware or software.

      Once you get rolling with your FreeNAS remember that it's easier to add another zPool than it is to expand one that's already populated. Plan accordingly.

      FreeNAS performance for SMB (Windows file sharing) is kind of terrible even with all the hardware help in the world. I hate to say that you're better off figuring out how to make your Windows machines NFS clients if you're sensitive to performance but that was my experience.

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