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The Synology DS411slim is a unique NAS. It combines compact dimensions with high performance and broad functionality. It’s a perfect choice if you want a small but functional NAS. And it is surely superior to homemade NAS systems.

Size is the only factor that differentiates the DS411slim from its larger cousins. It features a high-performance platform and functional software. Synology is in fact a leader in terms of NAS software and keeps on improving. When writing this, we learned that the company had already released its beta firmware version 4.0. We’ll discuss it in an upcoming review.

So, if you don’t need a large storage capacity (3.5-inch HDDs can offer 3 terabytes today whereas the largest-capacity 2.5-inch model is only 1 terabyte), the DS411slim can make a good alternative in a small form-factor.

By the way, the compact size doesn't increase the cost of the product. There is no direct counterpart among 3.5-inch NASes, but the DS411slim is cheaper than the DS411 and about as expensive as the DS411j.

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