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Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Improved processor over last year's model 04/20/2014

This review is from: Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage - Retail

Pros: A direct comparison using Crystal Diskmark on the same diskset (configured in SHR) from the DS213 model to this (2014) model:

DS213
Seq Read: 79.691 MB/s
Seq Write: 45.147 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 31.674 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 47.880 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .629 MB/s [ 153.6 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 5.329 MB/s [1301.0 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .481 MB/s [ 117.5 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):2.427 MB/s [ 592.5 IOPS]

DS214j
Seq Read: 85.885 MB/s
Seq Write: 101.410 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 39.525 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 76.210 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .770 MB/s [ 188.0 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 4.820 MB/s [1176.7 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .773 MB/s [ 188.8 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):8.193 MB/s [2000.2 IOPS]

Cons: Price is up $70 bones

Other Thoughts: I am wondering when NASs will start using internal RAMdisks for faster speed.

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StarTech S2510BPU33 Plastic 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This thing works great. I have a Samsung Evo 1TB drive sitting inside, hooked to USB 3. My speeds are as fast as my drives move data internally.

It is svelt, as far as 2.5" external drive casings go.

Cons: None. It's worth $25 bucks over the option of $25 spent on a sata cable and power wart both hooked to the rear of a naked drive.

Other Thoughts: This thing and it's cable has never missed a beat. Is the cable a bit short? Yes--by about 3 inches. Not enough to de-egg it down to two!!

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Ineo I-NA216U2 PLUS 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 to SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable with Protection Case for SSD/HDD [Supports 3TB+]
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This worked so good that I bought another one (at an E-Baysed site for $12.00 cheaper). I deal with either these things only for external SSDs--or I use powered docks for platter drives. Until Thunderbolt for PC replaces USB, this device is as fast as you'll ever get using that particular port.

Cons: Can think of none.

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 01/07/08

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  • First Review: 10/21/12
  • Last Review: 04/20/14
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