WD My Cloud Pro PR410 ....................................
THIS MONTH’S CHEAPEST FOUR BAY APPLIANCE HAS THE GRUNT TO BREEZE THROUGH ALL THE CORE NAS SERVICES
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 ocially 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.