The Specifics

Who: Western Digital - "a diverse, global company with strong values and a passion to innovate and lead the charge in the transformation of data."

The product: WD My Cloud Home.

What comes in the packaging: My Cloud Home, ethernet cable, power supply, and quick install guide.

What are they selling us: "The all-new My Cloud Home storage device plugs directly into your Wi-Fi router at home so you can easily save, organize and control all your digital content in one central place and wirelessly access it all from anywhere. Just plug it into your Wi-Fi router and use your smartphone to set up. No computer necessary. No monthly fee required."


What We Liked

WD My Cloud Home

The selling point of a product like this is not only being able to store all your content safely but the ability to access it wherever you are. With that in mind, perhaps the biggest plus point for the My Cloud Home is the way Western Digital have simplified the setup and management of your storage.

The setup requires you to plug the Cloud Home into your router using the enclosed ethernet cable, and then the power supply into the wall. Once that's done, you can jump online and follow the step-by-step instructions, which involves signing up for an account. For anyone familiar with setting up something connected to a router, the process will feel familiar. The next part involves downloading the My Cloud Home app to your phone and the desktop app, both of which are simple to do and lead into the next part of this review.

Importing and accessing your files is incredibly simple. Whether you have access to the mobile app, desktop or, even browser (MyCloud.com), uploading is pain-free. You can even plug a USB into the back of the My Cloud Home, and import your files using the mobile app, which is a nice touch.

During testing, I uploaded a bunch of movies to my account, which I then accessed using the mobile app. The quality was great, and again, accessing my files was a sinch. Connecting other cloud services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive is also a straight-forward process.

Given the amount of space at the bottom of the rung - 2TB - most people will struggle to fill their quota, which is why the option to invite friends and family to create individual accounts so that they can access their own private areas of the storage, is such a nice function.

What We Didn't Like

WD My Cloud Home

It's expensive, but in the way buying 10'000 toilet rolls at once is epensive at first, but cheaper in the long run. Many people will battle with the idea of laying out $159.99 (or more, depending on size) when they're paying just a couple of bucks per month for someone else to handle their files.

The only other thing I wasn't keen on was the design. It's so close to being sleek but doesn't quite manage it. I'd almost prefer it to be ugly than to be a cheaper version of something beautiful, but I'm weird and I'm sure the design is way down on the list of requirements for most sane people.

Is It Worth The Money?

If you're looking for a way to backup all your treasure, and feel like you need more control over where it's kept, then this is a damn fine option. There's a few cheaper options on the market, but so much of why I'd lean towards spending the extra cash on the My Cloud Home is down to how easy it is to use. The 'Cloud' can be a confusing place for some people, but Western Digital has stripped away all the potential barriers to provide a foolproof experience that feels intuitive.

You can purchase the WD My Cloud Home by heading here. The price ranges from $159.99 to £699.99, depending on the storage size and model (there's a single drive version, and a dual drive version)