It is hard to imagine this tiny box as a NAS considering it’s only roughly twice the size of an Intel NUC and yet, it can accommodate four 2.5″ storage devices while also managing to fit all the gubbins that make it work.
Synology has always targeted the affordable home market with its mini NAS creations and the DS414slim is no different. Inside you will find a Marvell Armada 370 SoC at its heart, which features a 1.2GHz dual core processor. There is just 512MB of DDR3 memory, though Synology says, ‘this is the perfect amount for this processor and for what the DS414slim is designed to do.’
Apart from being incredibly small, the DS414slim is an impressive looking unit offering a creative yet functional design. The power button is tucked away down the bottom of the left side panel and it has to be held down for 10 seconds to initiate shutdown. After the status LED/power button panel the left side of the case protrudes out by about 10mm which creates more room inside but also gives the DS414slim a more interesting look.
Underneath the DS414slim you will find a fan vent for a 60mm fan which features a number of different operating profiles. Synology has also designed a detachable fan module that makes fan replacement/cleaning quick and easy. From the front we spot a single USB 3.0 port for quickly hooking up external devices such as a hard drive. Above that are six status LEDs which indicate individual drive activity, as well as LAN1 and LAN2 activity that is right, this little box sports dual Gigabit LAN.
Around the back we find dual Gigabit LAN ports, a single USB 3.0 port, a DC power input, factory reset button and a Kensington lock.
It is interesting that Synology decided to include dual Gigabit LAN on this budget model as we would not have thought there was a need for fail-over and Link Aggregation support. Still, it’s nice to see that they were able to include these specialties at such a competitive price.