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Pros: Chose this because it came preinstalled with Windows 7 Pro and i didnt have to mess with downgrade rights. Second requirement was dual monitor capability with a solid CPU and adequate HDD space, a wonderful business PC!
Cons: Biggest thing that annoyed me, was the fact that it talks about Dual Displays (but these are my first slim Lenovos so i just didnt know) utilizing Display Port but no adapter or converter which would've been useful for so many of the "legacy" displays out there still. Its nice they dont require an active adapter so any passive adapter is functional from 12$ + online. Also you wouldn't even know that the second video output is display port if it werent for the pictures!
Other Thoughts: As with any PC, you spend the first 30 minutes uninstalling the garbage such as trial AV etc, cant complain about a little uninstall time to let these vendors pass savings on to usREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a large, over the top look at me type of case, but crack it open and you will see an amazing amount of choices for cable management! Run those cables behind your motherboard! hard drive trays are 90 degrees facing you directly and a very nice/useful set of Fan controller/switches on the top of the case to use!
Cons: Bigger than the case needs to be with the fancy plastic eating up valuable space
Other Thoughts: Comes with adequate cooling, large top mounted exhaust fan is very nice. Coming in black/white doesnt limit enthusiastsREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: These devices are amazing, I picked up the DS211J which simply has a slower CPU inside of it. but these boxes have ALL the features and performance you could possibly want from a NAS box! Deciding factor for me was Active Directory intergration, why mess with creating and maintaining a 2nd set of users/passwords/groups/permissions when it can all be done in one place.
Cons: Slower CPU than the DS211 unit, but thats why this device is cheaper. I have one of each and i cant honestly tell the difference unless you are big into using the web server, picture/audio stations etc. Those are the only situations where i can tell the more expensive units are better.
Other Thoughts: Please get yourself a dual drive unit for RAID-1, why stress yourself out with a failed hard drive. I have a few fancy Wireless security cameras and this software is wonderful for combining all of these feeds to a single "multiplexor" like look/screen! Audio Station, Picture station with thumbnails and comments, web server with many downloadable plugins to create your own forum or store etc. I will be purchasing another Synology device, next time the 4 bay rack mountable version.
FYI all of the software packages are identical, the price difference is all in the hardware!