WD MYCLOUD MIRROR REVIEW

03.40.00

It's my second entry reviewing another great product by the master of compact storage: Western Digital, if on my previous post I reviewed their MyCloud EX2 Ultra, this time I am reviewing their MyCloud Mirror a Network Attached Storage or NAS that's affordable and specially designed for home usage.

So what's the main difference to MyCloud EX2 Ultra? Keep reading.

If this is the first time you've ever heard about NAS, then keep reading. If this isn't your first, scroll down. Network Attached Storage or NAS is simply described as a compact storage that you can access anytime and anywhere as long as there's a reliable internet connection and network (and make sure the NAS is connected to a router), so it's very different to the small personal harddisk such as WD MyPassport where you need to connect the USB to the laptop to store everything, with NAS, internet connection is the key to store, delete, and to back up datas.

I honestly think NAS is not that much of an importance when a single computer is using it, but different story if it's being accessed by some computers and even a smartphone, that's why I think NAS is perfect for family usage or small office who needs to be mobile in sharing a retrieving datas. Handy much.

BUILD
The physical appearance is not much different to MyCloud EX2 Ultra but I did feel it's slightly lighter and smaller, but just a tiny bit and almost unnoticeable on a short glance, and the cover's available in plain white color, but I love the build & color on the EX2 Ultra better, it appears more expensive to me. Inside you'll find two RED hard disks (each 2TB) compiling a total of 4TB storage (available up to 12 TB).

The RED hard disks are sold for almost IDR 2 million/each for 2TB storage, so here you're basically having a cool hardware consisting of 4TB of storage, fast performance, a working machine and features and many more. To open the casing to access the The RED memory is easily set and open using the little knob located in the center.

You'll find three light indicators located on the face of the hard drive to indicate the power, the connection and the installed harddrive. 2 USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet jack are available on the power supply area, also if you need a Kensington lock and a reset button, it can totally be sorted. You can also attach external drives to the device and access them over your network through the NAS using the USB port.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
- Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista
- Mac OS El Captain, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion
- DLNA/UpnP devices for streaming
- Router with Internet connection

SUPPORTED BROWSERS:
- Microsoft Edge
- Internet Explorer 10 or higher
- Safari 6 or higher
- Firefox 30 or higher
- Google Chrome 31.0 or higher on supoorted Windows and Mac OS platforms

SYSTEM AND TECH SPECS
Besides a reliable internet connection, another thing that's also important is the Western Digital software and app that's being used for set ups, further adjustments, privacy settings and many more, or short to say, you can control anything you want from this app. I notice the file distribution setting to not much different (almost identical actually) comparing to MyCloud EX2.

USAGE
If you're using MAC computers, on the "Shared" sub menu there will be the "WD MyCloud Mirror" tab, and of course, to manage everything, they also have their web-based control panel on this address: wdmycloudmirror.local. The interface of the web-based control panel is pretty much the same as the EX2, there are just a few new things such as "Network Activity". "CPU" and "RAM" on the homepage. Like the EX2, you have more options for backing up the device, including sendcing the contents of the drive to the cloud via Elephant Drive and Amazon S3.
I did try to transfer my picture files from my latest trip to Raja Ampat + Hong Kong (in total 26 GB) using the MyCloud Mirror and comparing it to the EX2 Ultra. The file transfer runs just as fast as EX2 Ultra, it was easy and took me just around 10 minutes to transfer the whole picture, also because I just convert to a newer computer with better spec (that should be too), the good thing about this is that I would totally function this lovely gadget right after I am running out of space from WD MyCloud EX2, I hardly use 60 GB of the 4 TB available (not to mention I also have four WD passports, WD passport wireless) my life is safe!
CONCLUSION
So MyCloud Mirror or EX2 Ultra? MIRROR ALL THE WAY and especially if you have less budget, Cheaper price tag (around $40 less) and all that's lacking is just some unnecessary stuff, but overall was pretty much identical down to the hard drive, processor and memory. I notice that main difference of EX2 Ultra and the Mirror is the protocol that allows you to connect to the drive like its an internal local disk, but honestly it's not necessary for me.

I also notice that Mirror makes more noise than EX2 Ultra, but that shouldn't be a problem if you place this product at an individual room.
Disclaimer: here's the thing, I love technology, but I am not an expert of it, I am briefly sharing you guys how this thing works based on my experience, so if you expect me to mention all the most high tech words to describe the feature, I can't. I am a newbie in tech review, and I am trying to share my thoughts of this cool gadget qualitatively.


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