Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Unboxing the Synology DS916+

A NAS built for professionals’ growing needs.

The DS916+ came packed in the usual brown coloured box. From what I can remember for the “plus” series, only the DS412+ was packed in a non-brown box. For those who are getting the 8GB variant, do ensure that you see the wording “8GB” on the sticker.

The DS916+ 8GB 4-bay NAS, power adaptor, power cord, pack of screws, ethernet cords and quick installation guide.

The package comes with:

  • Synology DS916+
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Pack of mounting screws
  • AC Power Cord
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 2 x Patch Cords


Looking at the Synology DS916+

The front of the Synology DS916+. On the right are the status and disk LEDs, USB 3.0 port and power button.

On the front of the DS916+ is a glossy plastic panel that keeps the four drive bays hidden. To the right is the home to several LED indicators, USB 3.0 port and Power button. There are LED indicators for the status of the system and four disks.

The status, disk and power LEDs are visible from this side as well.

The DS916+ enclosure is made of plastic with matte black finish.

The front panel is secured to the body using four rubber stoppers/ grommets. This mechanism is also found on the DS412+.

The front glossy panel is secured to the body with four rubber stoppers/ grommets. Hence, it can be easily popped off without any tools.

The four drive bays are clearly marked using dots near the top of the drive trays. Disk 1 is the left most bay while Disk 4 is on the rightmost.

Behind the front panel are the four drive bays. Its order is clearly marked using white dots near the top of the DS916+. The drive trays are not lockable.

Behind the back plane are two 92mm system fans. As usual, the backplane is kept small to maximise airflow through the DS916+.

Removing the drive trays reveals the hot swap backplane. Not much obstructions from the front to the system fans to the back. It helps to improve the airflow through the DS916+, reducing noise generated and temperature of the unit.

The Synology logo serves as the air ventilation holes for the NAS.

The Synology logo at both sides doubles up as ventilation holes for the DS916+, keeping the it cool.

Two 92mm system fans, two Gigabit LAN Port supporting link aggregation/ failover, power port, eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports and a Kensington lock slot.

At the back of the DS916+, you can find the:

  • 2 x 92mm system fans
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Power connector
  • eSATA port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Kensington lock port
  • Reset button


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