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Akitio MyCloud Pro Review

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Finally we have the app which is available for iOS/Android which allows us to access the MyCloud (and its contents) remotely from devices based on those platforms:

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Akitio MyCloud Pro Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the MyCloud Pro we have a unit which immediately impresses when unboxed. The main casing is a solid metal and the glossy front panel adds some style. If we are being really picky the LEDs don’t look the highest quality but otherwise things are good. Port layout is decent and access to the drive bays is easy… which brings us on to the install.

We push the front of the drive bays to unlock them and then side out. The drive installation is a simple four screw operation and then we insert them and push to lock. The OS is ready to go from then on, although we do need to format the drives, something that the MyCloud Pro walks us through, and then the system is ready. Akitio do state that firmware updates are automatic on reboot when a new version is available but our experience wasn’t quite as smooth. it is more a case of it will update when it is ready, randomly, than checking and applying on each boot as the documentation would suggest. That said it is good to see that Akitio are consistently updating the Firmware/OS and that the iOS and Android apps are actively being enhanced too.

As far as features go, media streaming, backups, ftp, download manager, transcoding, remote access are all present. All the key functions really. However there are much more thorough OS and app solutions available from the likes of Synology.

Finally, in terms of performance, there is one down side. The fan used by the device seems to run at a constant high RPM. We never heard it spin down, even during idle times. So those looking to use it in a room where noise is low may find it to be too loud. Overall though when in use the MyCloud Pro is responsive and network speeds decent. It remained stable during our testing and did exactly what a storage device needs to do really.

Summary: Solid build quality, responsive and good key functionality.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.