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WD My Cloud 3TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0030HWT-NESN
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs One of the happy few it seems... 03/18/2014

This review is from: WD My Cloud 3TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0030HWT-NESN

Pros: Allows SSH console and FTP file transfer as well as management through the web gui. The DLNA and UPNP support are great! Comes pre-installed with Twonky media server which supports thinks like Apple TV, Roku, etc.

Cons: Twonky doesn't support Chromecast directly yet, so still a bit of a frustration there. Plex media server is a bit robust for the ARMv7 dual core processors that this hardware is using, so transcoding of video media on the fly is actually turned off by the program when it identifies the processor architecture. The dropbox integration is not what I thought it was, it doesn't support the dropbox client (sync) natively, you can run a WD program on your PC that will integrate w/ dropbox for a backup/restore scenario natively. I was however able to find a dropbox script that runs on embedded debian architectures using the dropbox authentication api, but initially I purchased because I misunderstood that it fully integrated w/ dropbox. Not a big deal for me, but less advanced users will be upset with something like this.

Other Thoughts: If all you know how to do is click and drag to copy items through the windows explorer, you are going to have some frustration if you are copying a large number of smaller files. More recent versions of windows have an updated version of Samba and as best I can tell they sacrificed performance for more security. If you are familiar with things like SSH and FTP, you can dramatically increase the speed of your transfers by using an FTP client like Filezilla (free). I can see why others are frustrated because this is sold and marketed as an easy to use product, and it is for the most part, but you can really unlock the performance and possibilities of the device if you are even a little bit familiar with some of the other more advanced features and methods that it offers.

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Scosche BTSPK2 boomSTREAM Bluetooth Media Speaker with Build-in a Microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad at the sale price 03/15/2014

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Pros: Bluetooth and stereo mini jack aux in so you have a wide range of application available for the product. Small footprint, perfect for my home office desk where I normally have to be fairly conservative when it comes to the use of my overall desktop real-estate. Volume and speakerphone controls on the top of the device, makes it super easy to adjust volume and allows me to leave my media playing software hidden away while working. It also has nice rubber feet so as not to mark the surface it is on. My desk is actually a stumbled upon antique with a leather top, so that's a benefit as I try to keep the surface of the desk in good condition.

Cons: I got this item for a great sale price on NewEgg Flash ($28.99 w/ free shipping). I can't see myself paying the $99.99 list price they ask normally. The only complaint I could really even come up with is that when you have the aux cable plugged in, it disables the Bluetooth connection. That's understandable for sure, would be nice however if an active Bluetooth connection playing audio would actually override the cable. That's probably specific to my usage of the item though.

Other Thoughts: I've read some reviews where people say the battery doesn't last long enough. Also that the volume max is not high enough. For my usage of the product (I leave it plugged in, and use it for my home office work machine so I am not really taking it anywhere nor am I cranking it so high that I can't concentrate on work). It's not a boom box or an amplified setup, so if you like your music really loud I wouldn't recommend this because the technical capabilities of the speakers it has really won't support that kind of use while still maintaining quality sound. At normal volumes everything sounds great.

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Display Name: Alex H.

Date Joined: 09/23/13

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 12/03/13
  • Last Review: 03/18/14
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