Western Digital MyBook Live Duo review: Western Digital MyBook Live Duo

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WD Photos allows you to browse photos on the Live Duo, giving a scaled-down version on your phone to minimise bandwidth and take into account the size of the screen. Uploading photos is incredibly unintuitive, at least in Android — in fact, the option is hidden. You need to long press the device you want to connect to, then select "Choose From Gallery". WD clearly needs to work on its user interface.

The company also offers remote web access to the Live Duo through WD2go.com, and with just an email, password and Java installation you can soon be looking through your files. Android and iOS apps can also access the device remotely.

The whole system works through a form of dynamic DNS, but if for some reason your device doesn't resolve, you can get around it by manually forwarding ports on your router and accessing your internet-facing IP.

Transferring a 4GB file to and from the NAS scored an average of 43MBps writes and 87MBps reads while configured in RAID 1, which is about average for the price range this is aimed at.

The drive comes in a 4TB variant for AU$599, and a 6TB variant for AU$799. Synology's DS211+ offers similar speeds at AU$499, comes with active cooling, one more USB port and an eSATA port — but you'll have to buy your own drives. The savvy user would buy the Synology, the beginner the Western Digital.

Western Digital's MyBook Live Duo is a good entry point into the world of NAS. The lack of active cooling is a concern, though — make sure that it's in a position where it can vent its heat easily.