Out of the box and it's obvious that Silverstone has applied their aluminum case know-how to the DC01. The device is very small and looks excellent - if a bit Mac-ish. All the visible parts are lovely aluminum, but there's also some steel inside. The roof is raised a bit to help with the cooling and the only thing on the front panel is the single power-led.
The back side is more crowded than the front. Starting from the left there's the power button and -connector, two USB 2.0-ports, e-SATA, Gigabit ethernet, reset-button and finally a hole for a Kensington-lock. Not really much to improve here, really the only thing would be USB3-ports, but the hardware will probably struggle with even those two USB 2-ports, so the extra bandwidth wouldn't improve the real-life performance.
The bottom is made of steel and there are just a couple of stickers, ventilation holes and screws to see. The DC01 is very easy to open simply by undoing these four small screws.
Lifting off the top part reveals the internals. The motherboard is tiny, and mostly covered by the hard drive-area. Judging by the prints on the front PCB, there might also be versions with a front-USB.
Also the motherboard is easy to remove, and here's what's underneath. The PLX NAS7821-chip is what really makes the DC01 tick, this chip actually packs the dual-core ARM 11 processor and also runs both the two S-ATA and USB 2-ports. It can also run the S-ATA-ports in RAID 0/1 or JBOD-states, so RAID is possible via an external eSATA-drive.
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