- Reasonably priced
- Attractive, lots of storage
- Quad interconnects
- Hard to open
- No USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt
Mac users who want to upgrade their storage should absolutely take a hard look at the My Book Studio Edition II. Windows users in the same predicament might consider waiting for USB 3.0.
Now that 3TB hard drives are a matter of course, the big storage companies are updating their lines of both internal and external offerings to support the size. Western Digital did just that with their new Mac-oriented My Book Studio Edition II, an easy-to-use dual-drive RAID solution.
- Storage: 2 x 1TB, 2TB or 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives
- Dimensions: 3.67 x 6.54 x 6.06 inches (WxHxD)
- Weight: 5.2 lb
- Interface: USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, eSATA
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II is $549.99, which works out to roughly nine cents per gigabyte.
What’s in the Box:
- Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB
- 2 x 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives (installed)
- FireWire 800 cable
- FireWire 400 cable
- USB 2.0 cable
- AC adapter
- Software CD
- Quick install guide
Build and Design
Like its progenitor, the My Book Studio Edition. the My Book SE II has been designed from the ground up to fit in with its target audience. That means matching up with Apple’s brand of style – silver, sleek and contemporary. The new My Book does a decent job of fitting in, at least from a distance. On the front is a white loop that lights up when the drive is being used. It cycles back and forth like a Knight Rider hard drive.
Once you pick the unit up (which, admittedly, is unlikely to happen very often), it quickly becomes apparent that WD clad the drives in medium-quality silver plastic, instead of a classy aluminum jacket. Despite that, it still holds up very well – like just about every other Western Digital peripheral, the My Book Studio Edition II is solidly built.