Review by Edward Mass
As internet connectivity become speed up, network-attached devices are also seeing new take-up among users who previously see no need for such products. This is why companies in the space are now looking to directly invest in smaller, yet more profitable, market segments that need their devices. Western Digital (WD) understands the need for such devices and have sent over its WD Digital My Cloud storage device to PC.com Tested labs for a run. Let’s see if it survives our tests!
The My Cloud carries the design found on most of Western Digital’s previous offerings. Using a pearl-white enclosure, this single-drive network storage device packs in optional 2GB, 3GB and 4GB storage systems. Pretty simple yet feature packed as well – what’s not to like?
Putting together the My Cloud is painless since all you just need to power it up, connect the router, install the bundled software and you’re good to go. With that out of the way, you’d have immediate and unlimited access to the My Cloud device. That means being able to literally connect from anywhere as long as your notebook or smartphone is connected to the Internet.
Being able to access your files from the My Cloud wherever you are is one thing. Having the ability to set up multiple user entry can be arranged as well, ensures multiple access won’t be a messy business. It also helps that with the WD app, you can manage your files and folders as well. Thankfully there is a mobile app edition as well, allowing you to access the My Cloud with your mobile device. You can even pair up the WD device to any of the popular Cloud storage services like Dropbox and One Drive to make back-ups.
When testing the transfer speeds over the local network, it is easy to tell the My Cloud works fast. On average, moving files recorded a 45MB/s on average. Large single files took less time to backup while multiple large files needed another 10-15 minutes more to complete. Slightly better than most or so I like to think.
Price: RM799 (3TB)
Storage Size: Empty, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB
Interface: USB 3.0. RJ-45 CAT5
Features: WD Smartware Pro, Android, iOS app
Dimension: 170.6mm x 49mm x 139.3mm
Verdict: Easy to set up and comes packed with the works too!
Total Score: 8/10