Recently, I got the chance to play with Akitio’s MyCloud Mini. Initially, I was fairly impressed with the ease of setup. The drive popped in with ease and the little server was up and running on my network in no time.
The interface was fairly easy to understand and I was able to set up folders and mount them easily. I was most interested in the media streaming ability so I could put movies on the drive and stream them to my devices. Here’s the breakdown of what I tried:
XBOX 360: For some reason, I couldn’t get this one to work at all. It’s probably me.
PS3: Streaming to the PS3 was pretty choppy and made watching anything pretty annoying. I’m not sure if it was my home WiFi network or if I did something wrong but as of the time of this review, I haven’t gotten it to work well.
iPad: Streaming over WiFi and 4G were pretty awesome through the Akitio MyCloud app.
iPhone: Streaming over 3G via the Akitio MyCloud app was surprisingly good. Initially had a few hiccups while the movie was starting but after a couple minutes, it ironed out and streamed beautifully.
Mac: Private cloud storage is awesome! Everything worked great. Sending files, downloading stuff, storing things I needed off-site, etc. I even watched a movie in my browser window from a hotel room while on the road.
All in all, this little box is worth the buy. Couple things to know though.
Besides that, it’s nice to have one of these little guys around.