As I said in the introduction, I think the DS110J looks a little old school. It’s certainly not ugly, but I would have said that sleek white was – and I feel a little fruity saying this – so 5 years ago. Now it’s all about the brushed aluminium and the stealthed buttons in a black case. A quick Google shopping search for “nas” speaks the truth.
The grey front panel has some LED indicator lights for Ethernet attachment, HDD actvitiy and “status”, whatever that means. Beneath them all is a single USB 2.0 port. Here the DS110J shows it’s age a bit as there’s no USB 3.0 ports at all. There’s also no eSATA (that’s what the little lighter grey lump is blocking) like on the 110’s bigger brothers.
The rear has another pair of USB 2.0 ports, as well as an exhaust for the small internal fan to fire out any warmer air that the interior generates. There’s also a single ethernet port – so this drive can only be connected to the one network – and a power input.
The underside has a grilled air intake to keep the interior cool, and four rubber feet for stability.
Since I’ve been sent the version without any onboard storage, I need to provide my own. Installing it is very easy: you simply slide the side panel off with a bit of force and install your chosen drive as you would any other. You don’t have to faff with SATA data or power connectors though as they’re hardwired in. There’s only space for one drive in this so it was a simply case of sliding the drive in, screwing it and replacing the side panel.
The enthusiast in me would have liked to have seen thumb screws or some kind of rail system here but perhaps that’s being too picky? If we can get them in the desktop cases, surely we could have them in a purpose built NAS.
Since this is a single drive enclosure, it doesn’t support RAID I am afraid. Boo.