Introducing WD My Passport Wireless and Review

WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, recently launched the WD My Passport Wireless, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. The WD’s My Passport line of portable hard drives is well known and reputable globally and the WD My Passport Wireless is a great addition to the My Passport family line of products.

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Let me share with you some key and important features of the WD My Passport Wireless from the media press release ~

The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. Available in 1TB or 2TB models, users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity.

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The portable wireless drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance so that users can access and transfer files quickly, as well as stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power making the drive a perfect travel companion.

With the My Passport Wireless drive users have anywhere, anytime access to their favorite digital content by using WD’s award winning WD My Cloud® mobile app for iOS® or Android™ mobile devices. The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple product setup, and once setup the mobile app provides intuitive navigation, sharing and playback of the drive’s content. The WD My Cloud app also helps unify all of a users’ content under a single app and user interface, by allowing access to content on the My Passport Wireless drive, the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage, and on major public cloud services such as Dropbox™, OneDrive™ and Google Drive™ from just one app.

In additional to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the portable wireless storage drive is an ideal companion for cameras with its integrated SD card slot. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive will never let you miss a moment because your memory cards are full. The built-in SD card slot lets users copy their content from the SD card to the My Passport Wireless drive to make room for more memorable moments. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them.

Price and Availability

The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available at select Singapore retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is $299 SGD for 1 TB and $399 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store™ and Google Play™.

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Review

I was loaned the WD My Passport Wireless 2TB for a review and I brought it overseas for my Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014. The WD My Passport Wireless 2TB was used with my iPad 3rd Generation that I brought to Hokkaido.

The SD card slot was very useful and handy for photographers/travellers to slot in and transfer the photos from the SD card to WD My Passport Wireless. You have the option to continue keeping the photos inside the SD card and not to erase them. In this way, you can ensure that you have dual back up, one is on the SD card and the other back up is inside the WD My Passport Wireless portable storage solution.

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Photographers and travellers, in my personal opinion, would like the WD My Passport Wireless a lot. It’s easy to back up the photos from the SD card into the portable drive and it is also a portable storage that can store your other data/information etc. The WD My Cloud mobile app allows you to check that all your photos from the SD card are downloaded into the WD My Passport Wireless.

The main drawback in my opinion for the WD My Passport Wireless 2TB is the size (thickness). While it is not bulky or heavy, the thickness of the WD My Passport Wireless 2TB is not that ideal. The WD My Passport Wireless 1TB might be a better choice in terms of design and portability.

If you are not too concerned with the thickness of the WD My Passport Wireless or you can manage your portable storage with the 1TB size portable drive, the WD My Passport Wireless 2TB is definitely a worthy consideration for photographers/travellers and business owners too.

* I would like to thank WD Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the loan of the WD My Passport Wireless for the review and providing the information/details of the WD My Passport Wireless. Pictures courtesy of WD website. *

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