WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra
is slightly thinner and taller.
It looks very good on a shelf or on a desk, and it still places both of its USB 3.0 expansion ports at the back of the unit, while the hard drives are only accessible from the top of the unit. This makes swapping drives not as easy as it could be. As the top of the unit is also where the grill is, it is too easy for dust to gather and accumulate in the unit as well.
Setting up was easy. Just plug in the unit, go to the setup website, and after a few clicks, the NAS is up and running – mostly.
WD’s My Cloud OS is undeniably one of the best designed NAS OSes out there today. It’s intuitive, pleasant looking, and easy to navigate. The home screen acts as the system’s main console, giving users all the relevant information including capacity, device status, network activity, numbers of users, and more, all in one screen.
Powering the EX2 Ultra is a Marvel ARMADA 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of memory, similar to the one inside the My Cloud EX2100. The results are speeds as high as 116MB/s read and 112MB/s write, which are commendable.
What still needs improving is the My Cloud OS’ app environment. The modest number of apps is acceptable, expected, and welcomed. For users, a decisive or curated list of apps is the faster and simpler option.
Nevertheless, the apps felt like they lack synergy, as if they operate in silos, separate from each other. For example, the Plex media player used on the My Cloud OS, although powerful, works separately from the OS.
With that said, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is a dependable NAS that is more than competent for professional and small office use.