Joined on 02/23/04
Cool, quiet, good price
Pros: This is an upgrade from a Ryzen 3 2200G; Processing videos in Hanbrake is much faster, one example went from from 164min down to 45 min. The fan runs at higher RPMs during heavy loads, but still is very quiet, and keeps the CPU cool. Window 11 compatible (apparently the Ryzen 3 2200G is not?)
Overall Review: Installed on an Asus x470 motherboard, and needed a BIOS upgrade to recognize the Ryzen 5. Working perfectly now.
Pros: Cheap, picture is good, small footprint.
Cons: The t.v. tuner sucks! The sound drops in and out on most channels, almost unwatchable. If I use the VCR as a tuner (t.v. set to channel 3), then sound is pretty good. The remote sometime doesn't work, and stops working completely when the backlight is set to low or medium (weird problem!). Picture zoom features are lacking; there's no setting to expand widescreen t.v. broadcast to fill screen (I'm not sure, but I think a better brand would have a feature to expand horizontal AND vertical on non-digital widescreen broadcasts---widescreen DVDs look good though).
Overall Review: Calling customer service was a waste of time. I'm going to give this to my dad as a computer monitor and buy a real LCD t.v. (I hear Samsung's are good).
Fast and quiet
Pros: Excellent price, super quiet. I was surprised by the speed: transferring 900gb over USB3 on external drive I got sustained write speeds over 160MB/s to this disc. I've had many great WD drives, the blue and red are workhorses that cant be beat.
Overall Review: OEM drive was well packaged by Newegg. Couldn't be happier with drive and service.
Great hardware, easy setup, some apps available don't always behave well
Pros: I've been using this for just over a year, and it's working great. I bought this to consolidate the multiple external hdd I collected over the years to backup my files. I now use it to backup and as a primary server. The connection and file access is so fast over my home LAN it pretty much works like any internal drive. This is used to store family photos, movies (lots of movies), music, and all documents. I can easily view my files from anywhere, including my phone. This DS218j diskstation is my personal "cloud" I use to backup all the data from my phone. It's only a 2-disk station, so I use another set of external disks to periodically back this up. It didn't make sense in my case to mirror the disks: too vulnerable having backup in the same box, in fact the backup disk is stored off-site. I haven't used the media servers much, though I do occasionally use "DS Audio" to access my music on my phone. It works very well. For movies, I play movies by direct link to the sever, so the phone or computer playing the movie just sees this as an external drive. I guess there's a way to get the DS to serve up my video collection, but I suspect it may be under-powered to manage all my HD movies and tv shows. When I decide to set up a media server, I'll probably use Plex on a separate computer, and figure out how to sync it with the Synology DS. The Quickconnect service from Synology has worked great. Using Chrome, I can access the DS Manager for the server from my work computer or from my phone. I love this service, and rarely if ever have issues with it.
Cons: I haven't had much luck with the DS File app on my phone. It works great for viewing files on the DS, but for downloading files to my phone it fails more often that it works, with no indication on where the problem is. Some days it works, the next day it fails. I just expect if I want a file on my phone, I'll plug it in to a computer and have easy access to it. Viewing photos is from the DS media services is difficult. I prefer to use other software for accessing the photos I store there. When I set up photo media services, the DS spent several days processing photos and was less than half-way through my library. I finally turned the service off.
Overall Review: When connecting the server to the web, make sure you follow security recommendations from Synology. There are important recommendations for configuring you router. Without re-configuring the default ports, the router will get hammered by hackers; they can't get in easily, and I don't know how they find it in the first place, but if you configure your router correctly and configure the server correctly it seems to be ok.
Easy setup, works great
Pros: Install was EASY with driver dvd (Windows 10). Great price! Using two ports: DVI to a 21" flat panel LCD monitor, and HDMI to a 32" LCD tv for watching movies or as extended display. No gaming, just Windows 10 home use, photo editing, watching movies, etc...
Cons: no cons
Great board, good fit in case, but driver dvd was bad
Pros: Fits great in my mid-tower case with a ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm cpu cooler. This replaced and older motherboard that couldn't handle Windows 10. CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 B59 3.4GHz socket AM3 (old) Video: MSI GeForce GT 710 (new, from Newegg) A really easy board to work with, with lots of options. And I'm very happy in fit so well in my midtower case.
Cons: The driver DVD that came in the box was dead, I couldn't get it to work on several computers. But MSI's website made driver downloads easy. I broke a couple pins on the USB3 jumper on the MB. This was my own fault, the inside of the case was too dark, and the black MB made locating pins and jumper info a little harder. Have a good task light with you, and this will be no problem!