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  • A week in reviews: 2 - 6 December
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    A week in reviews: 2 - 6 December

    By 7 December 2013

    As we roll into December there’s a sense of looming Christmas cheer. Awards season is over, next-gen consoles are on the shelves - well, sort of, their stock has been emptied and they’re hard to get hold of - and we’ve spent the week tying up various...

  • Western Digital My Passport Ultra review
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    Western Digital My Passport Ultra review

    By 2 December 2013

    Portable hard drives aren't that glamorous, but when Western Digital offered to send over a USB 3.0 hard drive, it mentioned something interesting - that it was aimed at students going back to school. A TV-style flashback then commenced as we remembered...

  • Western Digital 'Black2' drive combines 120GB SSD and 1TB spinning disk into one
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    Western Digital 'Black2' drive combines 120GB SSD and 1TB spinning disk into one

    By 25 November 2013

    Western Digital is out with a new hybrid storage solution that combines an old-school 5400rpm spinning disk with an SSD into one enclosure, dubbed the WD Black2. It combines a 120GB SSD and a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive into one 2.5-inch 9.5mm solution, for...

  • Best home entertainment device 2013: 10th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees
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    Best home entertainment device 2013: 10th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

    By 21 November 2013

    Home entertainment has really come into its own this year, with a range of systems now available to make your living room the most exciting place to be in the house. From streaming to audio to making that old TV smarter, there're a host of options to...

  • A week in reviews: 11 - 15 November
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    A week in reviews: 11 - 15 November

    By 16 November 2013

    Mid November and there's only one thing on most people's minds: the imminent Xbox One and Playstation 4 launches. In the UK we have to wait a little longer than America does for the PS4 launch, but we've been playing around with the final machine's user...

  • This time next year you could be pre-ordering a 60TB HAMR hard drive
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    This time next year you could be pre-ordering a 60TB HAMR hard drive

    By 15 November 2013

    Western Digital has discovered a way to improve its hard drive capacity by up to five times the amount. In truth Seagate discovered the heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, but it’s Western Digital which believes it can actually build...

  • Western Digital WD TV Play review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Western Digital WD TV Play review

    By 12 November 2013

    With smart TVs becoming more popular, those with older sets they don't want to replace might want to look for something to add media playback features and online content from a separate box. The WD TV Play is one such a device. Small, light, cheap and...

  • Helium doesn't just make balloons and voices go up, now HDD storage goes up too
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    Helium doesn't just make balloons and voices go up, now HDD storage goes up too

    By 4 November 2013

    Just when you thought hard disk drives were at the end of their lives as solid state becomes more affordable, Western Digital subsidiary HGST has given its drives new life, by adding helium. The new Ultrastar He6 drives use helium instead of air to increase...

  • Western Digital MyCloud NAS drives: Cloudy with a chance of 4TB of storage
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    Western Digital MyCloud NAS drives: Cloudy with a chance of 4TB of storage

    By 2 October 2013

    Cloud storage is expensive, especially when you're talking about using it for 4TB of data. So Western Digital wants to sell you a cloud all of your own, for a one-off price and no monthly subscription. It's a NAS drive, like Western Digital's other devices,...

  • WD MyBook AV-TV external drive will turn your telly into a PVR
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    WD MyBook AV-TV external drive will turn your telly into a PVR

    By 12 February 2013

    Western Digital has introduced a version of its MyBook external storage solutions that is specifically designed to work with your flatscreen TV's video recording functionality. Many TVs these days have programme recording options, but lot of people don't...

  • APP OF THE DAY: WD 2go Pro review (iPad / iPhone)
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    APP OF THE DAY: WD 2go Pro review (iPad / iPhone)

    By 30 March 2012

    With people even more obsessed with clouds today than William Wordsworth was back in the 1800s, it makes sense that network attached storage (NAS) box manufacturers are keen to jump on the bandwagon. However, it's all well and good calling something a...

  • WD TV adds Netflix and BBC iPlayer
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    WD TV adds Netflix and BBC iPlayer

    By 10 January 2012

    Western Digital has announced that Netflix and BBC iPlayer are now available to users in the UK. Those in Ireland will also get access to Netflix. The new services join existing rich media content from the likes of Spotify and YouTube in WD's nifty media...

  • Western Digital launches music streaming player with built in Spotify
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    Western Digital launches music streaming player with built in Spotify

    By 7 October 2011

    Western Digital has announced a new version of its WD TV Live media player, which now comes with Spotify support. It has the ability to stream tracks straight from the cloud-based music service, as well as play up to 1080p video. Any network drive, USB...

  • Western Digital My Book Studio takes a bite of the Apple
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    Western Digital My Book Studio takes a bite of the Apple

    By 7 July 2011

    Western Digital has announced its latest external HDD, the Mac loving My Book Studio - which now comes in a 3TB flavour. The My Book Studio is formatted for use with Apple Mac computers and Apple Time Machines, and the brushed aluminium look will make...

  • Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit review

    By 8 March 2011

    We've heard a lot about internet TVs of late, and with all the big manufacturers recently unveiling the latest versions of their web-based offerings, this trend isn't unlikely to go away any time soon. In fact, it's expected to take off in a big way this...

  • Apple: A Thunderbolt desktop hub could power all your connections
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    Apple: A Thunderbolt desktop hub could power all your connections

    By 25 February 2011

    Apple has detailed to Pocket-lint how its new Thunderbolt port is powerful enough to allow a third-party manufacturer to make a desktop hub that could take a number of ports before being plugged in to the Thunderbolt port on the company’s new MacBook...

  • WD TV Live Hub: Live entertainment from Western Digital
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    WD TV Live Hub: Live entertainment from Western Digital

    By 26 October 2010

    Western Digital, the storage specialist, has expanded its home entertainment range with the launch of the WD TV Live Hub. With 1TB of storage, full 1080p playback from a variety of files (including MP4, MKV and MOV), and full DLNA streaming, this really...

  • Western Digital My Book Live: Four times faster than conventional network drives
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    Western Digital My Book Live: Four times faster than conventional network drives

    By 13 October 2010

    Western Digital's new My Book Live network storage device boasts file transfer speeds of up to 100 Mbps, four times faster than many of its peers. Additionally, the company has hinted to Pocket-lint that there could also be a 3TB version (it has similarly-sized...

  • Western Digital: "1TB of digital content per household by 2014"
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    Western Digital: "1TB of digital content per household by 2014"

    By 13 October 2010

    We are rushing head-long into a future where all of our video, audio and photographic content will be stored digitally, so believes storage-specialist Western Digital, and specifically the company's executive vice president and general manager of Branded...

  • Best external hard drives for your desktop
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    Best external hard drives for your desktop

    By 10 September 2010

    The funkier the laptop, the smaller the disc drive. Unless you’re shelling out for some kind of gaming beast, that’s largely the trade off these days. If you want your notebook to look slim and sexy, then it’s unlikely to be able to cope with all...

  • The best network devices to stream media around the house
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    The best network devices to stream media around the house

    By 18 May 2010

    It's taken for granted that if you want to watch the World Cup in style you'll need a big telly or, even, projector and screen. You'll need at least a 5.1 surround sound system, including speakers and some form of amplification. And, you'll need one or...

  • WDTV Live now compatible with Windows 7
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    WDTV Live now compatible with Windows 7

    By 7 May 2010

    Western Digital has announced that its WDTV Live media player is getting a firmware update that enables a host of new features, including compatibility with Windows 7. That Windows 7 compatibility means that it can take advantage of the platform's "Play...

  • Western Digital My Passport AV Portable Media Drives come TV ready
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    Western Digital My Passport AV Portable Media Drives come TV ready

    By 10 March 2010

    Western Digital has announced a range of new My Passport drives specifically for video storage and playback. The new My Passport AV portable media drives come with 320GB of capacity and let users simply connect the USB drive to an enabled Blu-ray player...

  • Super speed WD MyBook 3.0 brings USB 3 to market
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    Super speed WD MyBook 3.0 brings USB 3 to market

    By 5 January 2010

    Super speed USB 3.0 has arrived in genuine, actually possible to buy and enjoy form today with the launch of the Western DigitalMyBook 3.0 now updated to be compatible with the 5Gbps standard. These WD HDDs are available from today in the 1TB size for...

  • Western Digital WD TV Live  review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Western Digital WD TV Live review

    By 2 December 2009

    Western Digital had been rather quiet on the media streaming/jukebox market until it turned up with the barnstorming WD TV late last year; a device that offered the support, usability and performance the market was screaming for and only lacked the ability...