Ease of use

How sim­ple is each drive to set up?

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Get­ting each drive up and run­ning proved quite time con­sum­ing and even a bit tricky in places, al­though the Sea­gate Per­sonal Cloud wins points for both its rel­a­tively fuss-free set-up process and user-friendly man­age­ment in­ter­face. This of­fers a phone-like home screen and smart search tool to help you quickly track the set­tings you need. The same could al­most have been said for the My Cloud Mir­ror, al­though we had a spot of bother with setup that forced us to per­form a full re­set.

Both the Net­gear and Synol­ogy boxes are nat­u­rally trick­ier to set up as you need to fit the drives your­self. Setup wasn’t par­tic­u­larly oner­ous, but their user in­ter­faces re­flect the com­plex­ity of op­tions on of­fer and will ap­peal more to techie users. De­spite its lack of com­plex fea­tures, the LinkS­ta­tion failed to im­press – AFP shar­ing was dis­abled by de­fault, and its in­ter­face was con­fus­ing in places. Fi­nally, the Zyxel at­tempts to pro­vide a hy­brid in­ter­face that doesn’t mesh well and ul­ti­mately falls a lit­tle flat.

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