ATTO is a "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc.
CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests both sequential and random small and mid-sized file transfers. It provides a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to drive performance, best case being larger sequential transfers and worse case being small, random transfers.
As for actual real-world use, the Synology drive worked well and was easy to use. Its interface certainly gives us an "IT manager" feel, and we think the average home user will have a bit of learning curve. It's not super complicated, but we don't think our parents would understand what is happening despite Synology's efforts to make it streamlined and intuitive.
In terms of accessing the files on the drive, we were able to do so locally and remotely as well with the drive's QuickConnect feature. It works extremely well, and took just a few minutes to set it up. Synology has really made the process simple, so we applaud its efforts on that front. All you have to do is enable the service, give your NAS a name, and create a login. Once that is all set up, you can log into the NAS from any Internet connection, and it looks just like you are at home since the administrative interface is in a web browser. You can also access any of the contents of the NAS from a mobile device, though you have to install a litany of mobile apps to access all the different capabilities. To illustrate, these are the iOS apps we saw when we visited the App Store:
- DS file
- DS video
- DS photo
- DS cloud
- DS audio
- DS finder
- DS download
- DS cam
It would certainly be handy if Synology could somehow combine all these apps into one, because having to have a separate app for video and photos seems a bit much. To its credit, the apps we tried worked well and were easy to use. Here's what the Photo app looks like: