Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Live Series (WDBACG0010HCH / WDBACG0020HCH / WDBACG0030HCH)
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Western Digital My Book Live 1TB NAS
24 October 2011
Conclusion: Western Digital has latched on to the network-attached storage (NAS) market with the introduction of three simple-to-use products. The My Book Live range is the most consumer-focused range, aimed at users who need centralised file access for their computers, tablets and smartphones. Looking like a regular external drive, the Live's Gigabit Ethernet port is the only overt indication it's a NAS product.
Excerpt: (1 items) Western Digital’s My Book Live is the latest iteration of the company’s consumer line of network-attached storage devices. Unlike most professional-grade devices, the My Book Live isn’t a port-laden behemoth with swappable drives and an imposing drive interface, but a simple way for the average person to share and stream media over an open network.
Pros: Great performance, Capacious single-drive model
Cons: No USB or FireWire ports, Remote access app only supports JPEG files
Excerpt: At first glance, there’s nothing particularly special about the My Book Live. It offers similar features to most of its competitors, with a Gigabit Ethernet interface for connecting to your home or office network. It works with Time Machine and acts as an iTunes server and also supports UPnP networking for streaming music and video to other non-Apple devices.
Pros: A fast, affordable and easy-to-use network drive; useful companion iOS apps; works with Time Machine and acts as an iTunes server
Excerpt: Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are excellent for backing up your important digital files and folders, as well as sharing media between all computers and other media playing devices on your home network.
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Summary: Considering how little it costs, it's hard to complain about the Western Digital WD TV. And, as much as we like the Seagate Freeagent Theater, it doesn't have anywhere near the same playback capabilities as the WD TV, which can play back proper 1080p video. The WD TV is also cheaper.
Pros: Low price, Simplicity, Appealing user interface, Good format support