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Akitio MyCloud Pro Review

Akitio MyCloud Pro Review

Today we take a look at some network/cloud storage in our Akitio MyCloud Pro Review. Why should you be interested? Dual core Intel CPU, 1GB of memory, 8TB storage, GB LAN, USB 3.0, iOS and Android apps, DNLA and more…

Akitio MyCloud Pro Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The MyCloud Pro arrives in a box which gives us loads of info on the product inside. Every face of the box has some form of information which is good to see and then inside we find the unit suspended in plenty of protective foam with the bundled extras off to the sides with some in a separate box. What are those extra items? A mains adapter (60w), Cat 5e network cable, screws and our manual.

Akitio MyCloud Pro Review – The MyCloud Pro

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The MyCloud Pro measures 134x116x242mm (WxHxD) with the majority of the casing metal and the front panel gloss plastic. There are two drive bays on the device and each can hold a 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive with support for 6TB drives. RAID is supported (0, 1), as are SATA 3 drives. Looking around the front surface we get a power  button, copy from USB button, status LEDs and USB 2.0 port.

In terms of key specifications, the CPU used is a dual core Intel Atom D525 which runs at 1.8GHz with 1MB cache. Our 1GB of DDR3 runs at 800Mhz and the unit supports 1000BASE-T IEEE 802.3ab (GB LAN).

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Flipping the system over we can see the four rubber feet that raise the unit off our desk while also adding stability and  between them a large heatsink which keeps the unit as cool as possible. Round at the back we can see our cooling fan (rated for 21dB(A)), GB LAN port, Reset button, power input and 2x USB 3.0. A lock slot which allows us to secure the device by security cable is also located on the back.

Akitio MyCloud Pro Review – Installation and Software

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Installation of drives in the MyCloud Pro is very simple. We press one of the bays to release it and then slide it out. We place a drive in the caddy, securing it in place with four screws before sliding into the storage device. Next we power up and then access http://myakitio.com

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Upon entering the above address we are prompted for the MAC address from our NAS and this provides access to the login prompt (admin access on first boot). The first time we hit the desktop we are prompted to format our drive(s) for use in the NAS and notified of any firmware updates. Those are automatically applied by the NAS on reboot. You can also see from the image above that the MyCloud OS uses a fairly standard desktop environment with task/info bar, notifications and shortcuts. Mainly the options on the left are quick access to key folders and the like. On the right its shortcuts to apps.

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Once our drive(s) are ready the MyCloud Pro pops up a window with shared folders and we can begin storing files. The Applications shortcut lets us access all the key functionality and then the preferences icon takes us into the user configuration. Here is the feature breakdown:

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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.

Available from Scan in the UK and Amazon in the US.

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Stuart Davidson

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