Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review
Pros
  • Small Footprint
  • Easy to Setup and Use
  • Tons of Application Usages
Cons
  • Cost is without Drives
  • Maximum of 6 GB Memory
9.5Overall Score
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First Impressions

Once you open up the box and pull out the Synology DS220+, you will notice it follows the same look and feels that other Synology DiskStation units have.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

The Synology DS220+ is a 2-bay NAS with the same look and feel as Synology’s other 2-bay NAS models, such as the DS218+ and even back to the DS216+. The external casing is a hard textured plastic shell with the Synology name shaped as air vents on either side.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

The front of the DS220+ has an easily removable glossy faceplate that you can pop on and off to access the two drives and the additional memory slot easily. There is no drive locking mechanism, as seen in Synology units with four or more bays.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

When you have the cover off, you can see the single empty memory slot. This slot will accept a 4 GB DDR4 memory module (for a total of 6GB system memory). It is also nice that this additional slot is easily accessible, so adding another memory module doesn’t require any dismantling of additional components. Just pop in that second memory module, and away you go!

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

Also, along the front of the Synology DS220+ are the Status LEDs. These LEDs are relatively self-explanatory, but they are Status, LAN 1 and LAN 2 activity, Disk 1 and Disk 2 activity. You can quickly glance over to the unit and can tell if everything is working correctly or if something needs your attention.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

Below the Status LEDs are the USB 3.0 port, Copy Button and Power Button. The front-access USB port is great for copying files off of a digital camera or USB flash stick. You plug your device in and press the Copy button then the files are transferred to the storage easily.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

On the backside of the Synology DS220+, you will see the 92mm rear exhaust fan, the two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the second USB 3.0 port, power port and Kensington Security Lock slot.

Synology DiskStation DS220+ Review

The design of the Synology DS220+ is relatively compact, as you can see in the above photo. Here the DS220+ sits next to a 15-inch Dell XPS laptop, and the footprint of the DS2200+ only takes up 6.5 x 4.25 inches (165mm x 108mm) of desk space, which means it can fit almost anywhere without taking up much room. You can leave it on your desk or move it to a shelf out of the way.

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