If you are used to the installation routines typical of other hardware vendors, where you install hard drives in a tray and slide them into the NAS appliance, you will see that things are a bit more complicated with the DS408. You have to take apart almost the whole NAS device to install hard drives. This is a task that can be handled by less advanced users because of the accuracy of fit of the housing and the included instructions with pictures.
If you don’t mind the additional effort, you will get a NAS device with a high degree of functionality that is also easy to configure and use. The design of the Web-based interface and its usability give you the feeling of navigating a local Windows application. In addition, the Web interface is clearly organized, and has an assistant for certain tasks that helps to set things up the first time.
The data transfer rate on the network is also consistently good; only when working with many small files does speed decrease. If you intend to buy a NAS device in the upper price class, you should definitely consider the DS408. For about $750 dollars you will get a solid NAS device with many functions that satisfy your every storage desire; and because of ADS support, it can even be integrated into the business sector.
- Low power consumption
- Very good configuration interface
- Fast data transfer rates
- Installing hard drives is complicated
- Connecting the hard drives requires fumbling around
- High price for an empty appliance