Date: June 1st, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Synology
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The DS-209 has a sleek look overall. One thing that impressed me right off the bat was that the front panel isn't too crowded with buttons or ports. Like many of Synology's NAS units, the casing is a bright white color. The construction of the outer shell is a sturdy plastic.
Indicator lights on the front are pretty self explanatory. The status, LAN, and drive activity indicators light up green and the power LED is blue. This seems like an odd color combination to me, but it doesn't make a difference when all is said and done. A USB port is also located here for attaching an external hard drive. The “C” button is a USB copy button, which we'll go over later on in the review.
Everything is well organized at the back, too. Below the 70mm cooling fan are two more USB ports and a LAN port. The USB ports can be used to attach devices like an external hard drive or printer. Rounding out this area is a small reset button that restores all settings to factory default.
Four rubber feet on the bottom keep the unit steady while it's on a desk and I must say, they get the job done quite well. The only time the unit ever moved around my crowded work area was when I picked it up and relocated it. There is also an open/close sticker here on the bottom that indicates which way to slide the outer casing to gain access to the inside.
To remove the outer shell, there are two screws on the back panel that must be removed. Then the shell pops off and exposes the area where one or two hard drives can be installed. I have a pair of 500GB Western Digital drives ready to go, so let's get them in there see what this NAS can really do.