WD My Passport Wireless Review – Your Own Hand-Held Personal Cloud
Posted on September 3, 2014 8:00 AM by Techgage Staff
What do you get when you cross a hard drive, an SD card reader, and a Wi-Fi hotspot with cloud capabilities? You get WD’s My Passport Wireless. Available in 500GB ~ 2TB capacities, this My Passport hopes to become the ultimate mobile drive, and it offers even more than what’s immediately obvious. Let’s check it out.
WD is a company well known in the data storage market, from dorm-room dwellers, the weekend warrior, or the enterprise-level cloud network administrator. For many years, the company has had a formidable presence in the storage field, ever expanding its scope into innovating products, giving consumers a plethora of choices to meet their storage needs. In today’s market, high end DSLR cameras and camcorders have made their way into a lot of consumers’ homes. As these devices evolve, so does the size of the files that they create, thus taking up more and more room on tablets and laptops. This progression has not been linear, and consumers are finding that their storage needs are simply not met.
WD saw this as an opportunity to introduce a one of a kind product, the My Passport Wireless. What this device basically is your own portable private cloud. The WD My Passport Wireless is a hard disk drive, with a WiFi hot spot and a SD card slot built in. The upshot for the consumer: you never have to worry about lugging around a big laptop to show friends or family your content. Similarly, in a business setting, you don’t have to worry about sending out emails with Power Point presentations, or most anything.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a gander at the unit itself, and then move our way through the software and setup. Looking at the device, there is an instant familiarity – clean simplicity. The classic WD silver and black