Personal Cloud 2-Bay NAS By Seagate Excellent Physical Design

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The beautiful minimalism and simplicity of the software makes the Personal Cloud a joy to use, with a great physical design too. The Personal Cloud is Seagate’s answer to the WD MyCloud, a NAS that makes it as simple as possible to access your stored movies, pictures, music and documents remotely.

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Setup And Functioning

It’s possible to open the Personal Cloud unit to upgrade or replace the drives, by pressing a second button at the back, then hooking the lid off by applying a little pressure. This step is required, and you need to supply an email address, password and timezone. You are then sent an email with a registration code to activate Seagate Access, the name for the media sharing app. After the cogs and gears grind a bit more, the device is ready to use.

Under Device Manager are settings to keep an eye on disk, memory and processor usage. When you add a new user, you can create a username and password yourself, or simply add an email address, and the user will be sent a link for them to create their own password.

You can have up to 20 concurrent downloads, added either via a local file or a URL. The download and upload rates can be adjusted, and a nice touch is that when a download finishes, the NAS sends the owner an email to inform them.

the Personal Cloud in two ways and as a NAS for local file access, like any other, and we also tested its streaming capabilities, using the Seagate-Media app. For this, we tried access via both local wireless over an 802.11ac network and over Three UK’s 3G mobile network.

The app took a while to buffer data, then was unable to keep up with the movie, even though perhaps a 4G connection would work better. Nonetheless images and music still work fine at these slower speeds.

Conclusion

If Seagate can iron out a few of the functionality problems in a future variant of the Personal Cloud, it’ll be an absolute winner, but even as it stands, this is still one of the best home NAS units on the market.