Have any of you experienced wanting to have tons of data stored on your phone or tablet, but not have the space for it? I have. Lots of times. Enter the WD My Cloud EX2.
I was given the chance to try it out. And I think I’d like to have one.
- Dual bay drive, populated with 2x 2TB hard drives for a total of 4TB of storage
- Easy to swap and access drives
- Easy to setup and use
- Stream media to smart TVs and media devices via DLNA
- iTunes Server support
- Remote file access
The My Cloud EX2 features a curvy and appealing design that’s reminiscent of a very thick book. To give you an idea how big it is, the My Cloud EX2 measures at 6.75in. X 3.90in. X 6.10in.
The black matte plastic body looks good. The material has a nice feel to it, but flexes a bit when pressed.
The My Cloud EX2 has two top-facing hard drive bays that you can access by pressing a button on the top lid. The lid itself feels a bit flimsy, so be careful when you open it. Once opened, you will see the two hard drive bays that house the 2TB hard drives. The drives are secured by a removable thumbscrew. Once removed, you can just lift the drives out.
Up front you’ll see three LED lights that show the status of the power and the drives.
At the back are two USB 3.0 ports for external drives and USB thumb drives, and a network port to connect to your router.
The My Cloud EX2 is very easy to use. I connected the NAS to my WiFi router, installed the software on my laptop and I was ready to go. The software itself is very straight forward.
Transferring files to and from my laptop was fairly easy. It was not as fast as I hoped it would be, but it’s no big deal.
I also installed the WD My Cloud Android app on my phone. It allowed for some seamless music playing and video watching. Very handy, especially for those who don’t want all their stuff saved on their devices. You might need some video player apps on your phone, in case the files you are trying to play is not natively supported by your device.
Another plus is accessing my videos through a smart TV. Just tick the tab that activates DLNA on the drives. The My Cloud EX2 will be “seen” by the smart TV as another drive. Just choose which file you want to play, and that’s it. Everything is wireless.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test remote access. You would need an account for that and I keep getting an error while trying to make one. Anyway, I don’t think my internet speed is up to the task of accessing large amounts of data via the cloud.
The WD My Cloud EX2 is convenient, easy to setup and it’s not an eyesore. Personally, I have a lot of videos and music that I like to watch or listen to at anytime of the day. With the My Cloud EX2, I can access those files without opening my laptop. I can watch movies or listen to music straight from a smart TV, tablet or phone. What’s more, sharing files with people in the house is easier, faster and more convenient.
As I have said at the start of my review, this is definitely a something I want and would probably get — but maybe not right away. Why? Because the 4TB model retails for P17,990. It’s a bit expensive for what it can do, I’d give you that. But its a nice investment for someone who has lots of data they want to access easily.
The My Cloud EX2 retails for P10,990 for diskless, P17,990 for the 4TB model, P22,990 for the6TB model, and P28,990 for the 8TB model. It is distributed by Iontech, Inc. to select stores nationwide.