The Synology DS110J DiskStation NAS
The Synology DS110J arrives in a minimalistic styled cardboard box. On a shop shelf it certainly wouldn’t catch your immediate attention amongst more colourful products. Opening the box up reveals some accessories:
- 12V Power Adapter – requires a ‘kettle type’ power cord (not included)
- Screws for securing a hard drive
- Screws for the securing the lid of the enclosure
- Network cable
- ‘Getting started’ leaflet
- CD containing user’s manual, quick installation guide, setup utility and software
- Software license information
I find it slightly disappointing that a ‘kettle type’ power cord is not included, as without one you cannot use the DS110J. Fortunately I have many spare; but for users less fortunate it will mean you will not be able to use it straight out of the box.
The Synology DS110J NAS device itself is quite a sleek piece of technology. Consisting of a white and grey plastic design which is rounded at the corners, it will suit the aesthetics of most home offices. Although being made primarily from plastic, it still has a nice quality feel towards it with the solid construction and weighty feel.
Taking a closer look at the front there are four LED indicators at the top which illuminate to the status of various activities. Below there’s a USB port, a copy button and an on/off button.
The rear features a 5cm exhaust fan, two USB ports, a LAN port, a reset button, a power input jack and finally a slot for a Kensington lock. Two screws, one at the top and one at the bottom secure the sides on the Synology DS110J from sliding apart.
At the bottom of the DS110J are four thick rubber feet to help dampen any vibrations caused by the hard drive. Also, there is a small vent to allow cool air to enter into the enclosure.