Western Digital My Book Live: Simple Networked Storage

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WD keeps on trucking out product updates this month, and the new My Book Live continues the trend. Claiming to be a “seamless set-up” for consumers’ needs, Western Digital’s My Book Live seems to be one of the most device-friendly NAS options out there.

Similar to how Western Digital is increasingly facing competition in the media streaming/playing market, so too, do these networked drives have competition from items like home servers and the cloud.  Consumers must decide between ability (a home server) and simplicity (a networked drive).

Western Digital My Book Live Western Digital My Book Live

Interestingly enough, it looks like WD decided to skip over adding their new 3TB Caviar Green drives to the mix, choosing instead to limit the My Book Live to 1TB and 2TB options.

Western Digital advertises the new networked storage drive as transferring data with rates as high as 100MBps — making it, for all intents and purposes, as fast as a locally-connected drive in a regular desktop.

As part of the new networked rollout, WD is making an effort to place themselves at the center of what is increasingly a media-centric home. The new My Book Live lets users access digital media on DLNA-compatible gadgets like Blu-ray drives, TVs, gaming consoles and WD’s own WD TV series of boxes.

There’s also a new app for iOS users in the App Store called “WD Photos”; once configured, users can access pictures stored on their home drives anywhere where there is Internet access. Regular PCs (and Macs, of course) can simply access the drive’s contents through a regular web browser.

The drive is available now for $229.99 (2TB) or $169.99 (1TB) and comes with a three-year warranty.

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