Western Digital My Book Live review: Western Digital My Book Live

In all, the remote solution seems to be better suited for business users. For home users, it's arguably one of the worst solutions we've seen and should be skipped entirely if you want to access the NAS from a remote computer. If you are an iPhone user, however, it's a different story.

The MioNet service also works with a free iPhone app, called WD Photos, that you can download from the App Store. The app is simple and once you're signed in it allows you to access the photos stored on the My Book Live NAS server, much like the way you access photos stored on the iPhone itself. We tried this out and found it a fun feature to have for those who want to quickly show photos to friends, without having to use up the storage space of their iPhone (or iPod Touch).

Performance
If the remote-access feature let us down, the My Book Life's performance more than made up for it. The NAS server was very fast in our tests, consistently being the third and second fastest in our write and read test.

In the write test, the server scored 340.3Mbps, taking the third place, just trailing the Asus TS Mini and HP MediaSmart Server LX195, which scored 476.1Mbps and 341.8Mbps, respectively.

In the read test, the My Book Live did slightly better, with 529.9Mbps, taking second place to the Asus TS Mini, which scored 690.3Mbps.

NAS performance (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Asus TS Mini
690.3 
467.1 
WD My Book Live
529.9 
340.3 
Vebatim MediaShare
435.1 
224.4 
HP MediaSmart Server LX195
393.7 
341.8 
LG N1T1
387.5 
243.8 
HP MediaSmart Server EX495
380.4 
279.6 
My Book World Edition
206.6 
120.1 
QNAP TS109 Pro
152.4 
101.4 
Apple Time Capsule
114.2 
81.2 
Apple Time Capsule
114.2 
81.2 
ASUS RT-N16
48.8 
46 
Netgear WNDR3700
40 
17.8 
Cisco Linksys E3000
32.2 
57.1 

During our testing, the My Book Live performed without any hiccups. It also performed quietly and remained cool throughout.

Service and support
Similar to the My Book World Edition, the MyBook Live also has a three-year warranty from Western Digital, which is long compared with the one-year warranty of most NAS servers. Toll-free phone support is available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Western Digital's site offers e-mail and tech support, FAQs, a searchable knowledge base, and downloads. Unfortunately, unlike other vendors, Western Digital only allows registered users to access its download section.

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Western Digital My Book Live (1TB)

Part Number: WDBACG0010HCH
MSRP: $169.99 Low Price: $139.95 See all prices

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  • Connector Type Ethernet
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet
  • Type standard
  • Compatibility PC
  • Total Storage Capacity 1 TB