What bells and whis­tles do you get?

Mac Format - - RATED -

The good news is that all six of our drives sup­port core Mac ser­vices: AFP file shar­ing, Time Ma­chine back­ups and au­dio-only iTunes me­dia servers. Net­gear’s ReadyNAS drive wins bonus points for al­low­ing you to con­fig­ure Time Ma­chine on a user-by-user ba­sis, com­plete with drive quo­tas. Sup­port for iTunes is built into five of the drives, with only the Synol­ogy DS216se re­quir­ing you to in­stall it separately via its app store.

Speak­ing of apps, which widen your drive’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties even fur­ther with sup­port for more so­phis­ti­cated me­dia servers like Plex and on­line plat­forms such as Word­Press and Joomla, both Synol­ogy and Net­gear drives led the way with sup­port for over 70 apps each. The Zyxel comes a dis­tant third with 13 apps (but techie users can get more by man­u­ally in­stalling the Fun Plug pack­age), while the WD My Cloud and Per­sonal Cloud opt for qual­ity over quan­tity with 11 and eight apps re­spec­tively. Bot­tom of the pile comes the LinkS­ta­tion 420, with no app sup­port at all.

ReadyNAS Duo 102

£201 net­gear.co.uk My Cloud Mir­ror (Gen 2) £250 wdc.com LinkS­ta­tion 420

£184 buf­falotech.com

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