WD My Cloud Pro PR410 ....................................

THIS MONTH’S CHEAP­EST FOUR BAY AP­PLI­ANCE HAS THE GRUNT TO BREEZE THROUGH ALL THE CORE NAS SER­VICES

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T he My Cloud PR4100 is the four­bay ver­sion of the PR2100, and the fam­ily re­sem­blance is self­evi­dent, right down to the slot-based 3.5in drive bays. On closer in­spec­tion, a few di er­ences come to light: where the PR2100 re­lies on LEDs to keep you in­formed, the PR4100 has a two-line LCD sta­tus dis­play plus a pair of inset nav­i­ga­tion but­tons that let you cy­cle through the in­for­ma­tion on o er. There’s also an ad­di­tional USB 3 socket around the back, mak­ing three in to­tal.

Fun­da­men­tally, though, we’re look­ing at a big­ger ver­sion of the same sys­tem, and pretty much ev­ery­thing we’ve said about the PR2100 ap­plies here. That’s no bad thing: all the im­por­tant net­work ser­vices are sup­ported, from Ac­tive Direc­tory to Time Ma­chine, with the mycloud.com web­site o er­ing easy ac­cess to your files from any­where.

The web in­ter­face, mean­while, re­mains both clean and ac­ces­si­ble. There’s the same de­cent se­lec­tion of add-ons, in­clud­ing me­dia servers, a surveillance ser­vice and a de­cent se­lec­tion of pro­duc­tiv­ity and techie ex­ten­sions. O site back­ups are han­dled with in­te­grated sup­port for Amazon S3 and Ele­phan­tDrive, or you can au­to­mat­i­cally repli­cate your data to a re­mote My Cloud de­vice.

In­side it’s all pow­ered by the same quad-core Pen­tium N3710 CPU, which once again comes with 4GB of RAM. Un­like the two-bay unit, the PR4100 is o–cially up­grade­able, so you can push it up to 16GB if you wish. There’s still no way to play me­dia lo­cally, how­ever, nor any sup­port for desk­top apps or vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion – which does raise the ques­tion of what WD thinks you might need all that mem­ory for.

One area where the PR4100 un­equiv­o­cally scores is the price. $635 is high for a two-bay NAS ap­pli­ance, but at $790 the PR4100 stacks up well against other well-specced 4-bay units, and that makes it a lot eas­ier to over­look any miss­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and to ap­pre­ci­ate its strengths: even the much pricier Qnap TS453-B has a more mod­est Celeron pro­ces­sor.

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