Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Western Digital

Western Digital
alaScore 90

66 reviews

Jan, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Western Digital. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size. The design is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative views about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Western Digital is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 66 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 7 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 7 of 7 Show Reviews: from Australia | from other countries (59)

Consumer review (

Disappointing - does not meet expectations.


I have owned this model (with 1TB storage) for a year and a half now and I absolutely hate it. Let me explain. It is marketed with a 1gbps Ethernet connection, and technically it connects at 1gbps. At least that's what my switch thinks. However, the...

Clear picture and sound.

Expensive, slow, deceptive marketing (1gbps)

Jan, 2014

Consumer review (

Doesn't live up to its promises


I've been having countless problems with the WDTV Live hub. Bought it to replace my popcorn hour. Apart from being able to play from its internal hard drive, the other advertised features do not work well - streaming a movie from my NAS just doesn't...

Playing from internal HD works

Playing from network shares does not work. Freezes until reboot, which is very annoying.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review (

Buy One Today!


During my house renovations I placed an Ethernet connection near my TV as I believe integrated net/ tv will be all the rage is the next few years. I then started looking for a 'media centre', which would could connect to abc's iview, store our more...

iview support, good value, easy to use, physically quite small so it fits in our cabinet area

Navigation is a little slow, need to wait after pressing a button to see movement on screen.

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (

NAS syncing really lets it down


Bought this as upgrade to WDTV Live in the hope it would improve NAS connectivity and media library speed over wifi. But it failed to meet expectations. Gave up on idea of NAS sync and copy files manually instead even over ethernet as it just refuses...

storage, firmware updates, good remote

sync with nas is buggy, no wifi, laggy interface, constant compiling of media library

Jun, 2013

Consumer review (

Hard to fault


Took about 2 months of research before I bought this unit. I liked this unit when I first saw it, but spent the last 2 months seeing if anything else was as good on the market. This is a fantastic device, I was impressed when I first installed it and...

Easy to setup and use.

Scrolling through teh video files could be improved, annoy that you can view sub-folders, you can store video file sin sub-folders but displays all in the list. Does not have built-in WiFi.

May, 2012

Consumer review (

Excellent Device


I did a fair bit of research into media players before I bought one. I used to use built in one on my samsung but when I switched over to using macs I couldn't add new content to the external hard drive plugged into it, and the tv didn't support mac...

Pretty interface, easy to use,

The standby hum, but still only a minor complaint

Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

Great second player with 1TB of storage but does have issues...


The WD Live hub is used in my home as a second player in the bedroom. I have had several media players and this one I would rate as OK. I would rate it higher if it had wireless and it wasn't for a hardware fault (caused by power switch) which caused...

Small unit, 1TB storage, plays many formats, plays YouTube and some other on-line content

Hardware issues, no Wireless, a little overpriced because of the missing wireless

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: No


Volume Control:Digital

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MKA, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Subtitle formats supported:ASS, SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB
Video formats supported:AVI, H.264, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, TP, TS, VC-1, VOB, WMV9, XVID


Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Number of products included:1
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Supported radio bands: No


Built-in storage media: Yes
Card reader integrated: No
Storage media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height :3.2