Being the first NAS that I have reviewed in quite some time I am very impressed with the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra. It is something beginners can use and at the same time has great features for advanced users. It is a 2-bay NAS, but WD offers it in capacities up to 16TB, which is more than enough space for most people and small businesses.
When it comes to transferring files you should see around 90-100 MB/s transfer speeds, which is very impressive. WD has an entire suite of software to help you backup and sync files with the My Cloud EX2 Ultra. They are very easy to use and more importantly free. They also work with other WD devices not just the My Cloud EX2 Ultra. There is also a mobile app that works on both iOS and Android so if you need to backup things on your mobile devices they have that covered as well. On the iOS version of the app there is an option to auto-backup your Camera Roll, which is extremely convenient. Of course you can access your files at anytime MyCloud.com in any broswer. This is great if you need to access something on a friends or public PC.
Getting the My Cloud EX2 Ultra setup is pretty easy, although there are no real instructions for setting it up without an internet connection. Once setup the admin interface is quite easy to navigate and you can find all of the settings you need.
The only real gripe I have with the My Cloud EX2 Ultra is that it does not have a dedicated power button. I like the ability to turn something off to power cycle it, not have to unplug it to power cycle it.
In any case this is a great NAS for any home or small business, WD has great apps that work with the device and it has very respectable transfer speeds. WD also back unit with drives installed with a 3-year warranty. Right now you can pick up the 8TB version that we reviewed today for $449.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Easy setup
– Nice admin interface
– Fast transfer speeds
– Free and useful apps / programs
– Pre-loaded with WD Red drives (drive-less version available too)
– 3-year warranty
– No dedicated power button
– No real instructions for setting up without an internet connection