Review of Synology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS



With the DiskStation DS1513+ Synology has released another well-polished, mature system with plenty of room for growth. While designed for the small business in mind, the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is a great way for the home user to keep their data backed up and use as a multimedia hub.

The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ offers the speeds of the Synology DS713+ with more built in storage capacity and two additional LAN inputs for four total. Combine this with the ever-improving DSM 4.3 and you have a machine capable of numerous functions including file management, backup, multimedia control, productivity, security and surveillance via add-ons through the Synology Package Center.

For those who want to take ownership of their data and keep it out of the hands of companies that will expose when they see fit, this Synology NAS is a great way to protect one’s information. Most of us don’t have anything to hide but that doesn’t mean we want our information to be perused at will. Several features found on the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ can keep this type of information secure including AES 256-but encryption of shared folders, HTTPS, FTPS, SFTP, VPN along with running one’s own Cloud and Mail Server.

Storage capacity should never be a concern with the ability to expand to 60 TB of storage using Synology expansion units. Plus addition external drives can be connected via USB ports on the back of the Synology DiskStation DS1513+. The RAID capability also means you data is safe even with a hard drive failure.

Of course the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is quite expensive even before adding a hard drive and can be currently found at Newegg for $849. This pricing may deter some home users who may want to start with a smaller Synology and grow using the available expansion units. But if you are looking for a NAS that will provide enough storage for years to come then the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is the way to go.


10 recommended5


+Great for privacy minded
+20TB Internal storage capacity out of the box
+Scalable up to 60TB with expansion units
+Works with latest version of DSM (4.3)
+Includes two USB 3.0 ports
+Intuitive user interface (DSM)
+Works with Linux, OS X or Windows
+Easy setup
+Energy Efficient

-Drive bay locks could be better

Grades: 10 out of 10
Overall score-10-10
Design / Aesthetic score-10-10
Value / Price score-10-10
Performance / Usage score-10-10

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