Nowadays you have lots of choices to make when you're looking for a NAS. Are you going to assemble something yourself, are you going to use Linux or Windows, or do you take the easy road and buy something pre-assembled? Synology has just released two products in the last category. The new DS213 and DS213+ will replace the DS212 and the DS212+, and while they look the same at first glance, there are plenty of differences below the surface.
The front of the new NAS devices look exactly the same as the models they are replacing. Obviously the model number has been changed to DS213 or DS213+, but they're identical otherwise. Since it's a practical and thought-through design, that's not a bad thing. On the front there is an SD-card slot and a USB port you can use to copy files to and from the NAS, but it's too bad that it's USB 2.0 and not USB 3.0. Synology included a handy synch button on the front to speed up this process.
The hard drives sit in plastic trays located behind the removable front panel. On the back you'll find a gigabit network port and two USB 3.0 ports. The more expensive DS213+ model has an eSATA connector on the back as well, which the DS213 lacks.