Exterior and Interior Design
The DS207+ follows the same exterior design concept as the DS107+. Its white glossy case with a straight outline and slightly rounded-off corners looks quite trendy. Although many other brands employ similar design solutions, Synology’s products, and this model in particular, have certain individuality. Designed in this style, every device looks imposing and respectable. The black plastic front panel is curved in, and the device’s buttons and indicators are all placed in the resulting depression. We like this solution because the front panel matches the overall style of the case and is also very ergonomic. The only drawback of the exterior design is that the glossy surface of the case makes dust and greasy fingerprints but too visible.
The DS207+ can be positioned upright as is indicated by the rubber feet on the sides of the case. Thanks to them the device can stand firmly on any surface, especially with HDDs installed.
The case is ventilated with a 60mm fan located at the back panel.
The cool air is coming in through the vent holes in the bottom of the case. There is no other way into. Although there are not many holes in the bottom, the temperature within the case, and the temperature of the internal HDD, remains acceptable even when the NAS is being accessed actively.
This model uses a noisier fan than the DS107+ but the HDDs are noisier still. It means the DS207+ will be quiet enough if you install quiet HDDs into it. And even if the HDDs are noisy, you will only hear them during disk operations – they are shut down after a period of idleness.
Before getting into the DS207+, let’s see how it communicates with the world around. Here is what it has on its front panel (from top to bottom):
- Status indicator (blinking and shining orange in case of a failure)
- LAN indicator
- Disk1 and Disk2 indicators (report the activity of the internal HDDs)
- USB 2.0 port (one of the three available)
- C button with an indicator (This indicator goes alight when you plug a supported drive into the USB port. Then you can press this button to copy all data from the external disk into a special folder on the internal disk. This feature must be set up on the DS207+ to work properly.)
- eSATA port
- Power button with an indicator
The indication system is good. The indicators do not make up a solid line as is often the case. Two out of the six indicators are located near the buttons they refer to. The indicators differ in color and size (but all of them are sufficiently large). Finally, they have optimal brightness: they do not blind you but are visible even under daylight. All of this makes working with the DS207+ a pleasure.
The back panel carries the following (from top to bottom):
- 60x60mm fan
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Reset button
- Power connector
Besides that, the back panel offers a cable holder for the power adapter and a Kensington security slot.
You have to dismantle the DS207+ in order to install hard disks into it. It is easy: you only have to unfasten two screws at the back panel and shift one of the side panels to access the innards of this NAS device. You can see a steel partition here that covers almost the entire PCB. It is on this partition that the fasteners for the internal HDDs are to be found. The DS207+ can accommodate almost any 3.5” HDD with a SATA or SATA-II interface and a capacity up to 1 terabyte inclusive. The HDDs are secured on the steel partition with four screws and connected to the PCB with two short cables. The screws and cables are included with the NAS.
The quality of the case is very high, by the way. All of its details are fitted together perfectly without gaps or anything.
You’ll need more effort to access the PCB than to install the HDDs – the partition and the large number of screws should cool a casual user’s interest in the device’s internals. So we had to unfasten the four screws that secure the PCB with partition to the remaining half of the case and then the four screws that attach the partition to the PCB. After that we could take the PCB of the DS207+ into our hands.