Western Digital announced today a pro version of its My Passport Wireless external hard drive with a built in SD card reader. The new drive has a larger capacity and some cool new features and technologies.
The My Passport Wireless was an interesting product released about 2 years ago (we actually got one from WD but due to some software issues we decided not to publish the review although the drive functioned pretty well for most tasks). The new My Passport Wireless Pro is the next generation unit, it is a bit larger, it has a powerful 6400 mAh battery that should last for up to 10 hours (officially), dual-band Wi-Fi, SD 3.0 card reader (up to 65 MBps reads and 40 MBps writes), Native exFAT support and USB 3.0 port as well as an additional USB 2.0 port (for charging other devices.
All in all, like the previous generation, this unit is intended to be and external storage with the capability to back up an SD card in the field with no need for a laptop (which is pretty cool), share images with a mobile device (think about shooting a ton of images and reviewing them on your tablet after a minute or two). The unit also has wireless NAS / hot-spot mode and can act as a Plex media server.
The WD My Passport Wireless Pro
Our friends at anandtech already had a chance to take a look at the WD My Passport Wireless Pro and seems to get some pretty positive results and we are hoping that we shall have a chance to look at the drive ourselves later on this year.
The My Passport Wireless Pro comes in two versions – 2TB 2.5″ hard drive or 3TB drive – costing $190 or $217 respectively.
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