WD My Pass­port Wire­less SS D

The hum­ble por­ta­ble drive, re­worked for pho­tog­ra­phers

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Por­ta­ble stor­age for the photographer on the go!

As its name sug­gests, the My Pass­port Wire­less SSD is based around a fast solid-state drive. Dur­ing our tests, we clocked it at blaz­ing 350MBps read and 285MBps write speeds dur­ing sus­tained video file trans­fer, while fold­ers of im­ages shift at an equally im­pres­sive 290MBps / 256MBps.

But this is much more than just an SSD. It’s a de­vice de­signed to be used as stand-alone stor­age in the field, so dur­ing a shoot you can back up im­ages from your me­mory card with­out need­ing a com­puter. This is made pos­si­ble by the Pass­port’s built-in SD card reader. Sim­ply insert a card, press the nearby trans­fer but­ton for two sec­onds, and the Pass­port au­to­mat­i­cally copies the card’s con­tents to the SSD, with sta­tus LEDs show­ing progress.

What’s more, once your shots are on the drive, you can then view them on your smart­phone or tablet, as the Pass­port also acts as a wire­less me­dia server with its Wi-Fi hotspot. Even raw im­ages stored on the drive are view­able. WD also claims the de­vice can wire­lessly stream 4K video, how­ever it does so by of­fload­ing the video to what­ever de­fault me­dia player is in­stalled on your smart de­vice, so if this is in­com­pat­i­ble with the video codec used by your cam­era, the show won’t go on.

Pow­er­ing all this is a built-in bat­tery good for up to 10 hours con­tin­u­ous use. But if you don’t need all-day power, the bat­tery can also dou­ble as a 6,700mAh power bank, with a USB out­put on the drive able to sup­ply 1.5A of charg­ing power.

Packing so much tech makes the de­vice rel­a­tively large by por­ta­ble SSD stan­dards: it mea­sures 135mm square and 30mm thick. You can stream­line things a lit­tle by re­mov­ing the soft rub­ber bumper, if you can man­age with­out its shock pro­tec­tion for a while.

Ben An­drews

1 Need to back up your SD cards in the field? Just pop them in the My Pass­port’s SD slot, press the Trans­fer but­ton and have them copied across to its in­ter­nal drive. 2 Not us­ing SD cards? Other card for­mats can be con­nected to the Pass­port via a sep­a­rate card reader at­tached to a USB 2.0 in­put on the drive. 3 The in­ter­nal power bank can be used to charge a con­nected de­vice while it also pow­ers the Pass­port. The only com­pro­mise is that the charg­ing cur­rent drops from 1.5A to 0.9A.

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