Western Digital My Cloud Home review: Take back the cloud
- Easy setup
- Strong concept
- Single USB-Port
- Software limitations
Though the software powering the experience does come with a few freckles, the My Cloud Home still mostly manages to offer a degree of ownership, control and consolidation over your digital footprint that sells itself.
Setup & Performance
In terms of setup, the My Cloud Home is - to its credit - dead-simple to set up. First, you plug it it into your internet-connected router. Then, load up either the My Cloud website, desktop or mobile app and log in. That’s it.
From there, you can either directly drag-and-drop content onto your cloud space using the Windows file explorer or with the new My Cloud Home mobile app (not to be confused with the old My Cloud mobile app). You can designate specific folders or content types you want to back up, and then the app will pretty much handle things from there.
For the most part, this whole process works pretty smoothly. However, we did sometimes encounter an error when using the file explorer that told us the image for the drive was corrupted. Whenever this happened, we were unable to access our data until we had first opened the drive first using the My Cloud Home desktop app itself.
We did encounter a few issues here with the mobile app specifically. It’s a little too simple to use, if such a thing can be said to exist. Again, set up is easy. Unfortunately, more complex tasks seem to have eluded the team behind the app. Setting up a connection with your Google Drive or Dropbox is easy enough. However, integrating with your Facebook or Instagram content libraries requires a little more to-and-fro.
Essentially, simplicity and elegance ends up being a little bit of double-edged affair. You’ll sometimes run into strange walls where it feels like you *should* be able to do something - but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.
Thankfully, some of this shortfall is addressed by the third-party plugins available for the My Cloud Home. Though the library for these integrated apps is a little small for now, they do allow an extra dimension of customizability. Same goes for the services that can integrate with the My Cloud Home. It’ll play nice with Google Drive and Dropbox. Video and Music content you’ve downloaded from iTunes? Less so.
The Bottom Line
There’s room for improvement but the My Cloud Home is absolutely a compelling option to consider. Though the software powering the experience does come with a few freckles, it still manages to offer a degree of ownership, control and consolidation over your digital footprint that sells itself. It’s not quite a NAS nor is it quite a portable hard drive, but it is dead-simple.
Some people like their storage dead-simple.
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