WD My Cloud EX2 Ul­tra

HWM (Malaysia) - - AT A GLANCE - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

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.


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