Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 – Tech Accessory of the Year winner

Network-attached storage drives are normally about as exciting as attending Belgium’s BeigeCon in a minibus with the National Paint Drying Observers Association

Synology DiskStation DS212j

£175, synology.com

Network-attached storage drives are normally about as exciting as attending Belgium’s BeigeCon in a minibus with the National Paint Drying Observers Association – but Synology’s DiskStation DS212j is different. How can you fail to be excited by its dual hard drive bays, ready and waiting to be filled with up to a whopping 4TB each? Or the excellent iOS and Android apps that make uploading and downloading files a cinch when out and about. Not forgetting the DLNA streaming and USB port that allows you to plug in a pair of speakers and play music direct from the drive, or iTunes server functionality which makes home streaming the work of seconds. With all that excitement, it’s no wonder it doesn’t come in beige. Read review

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