A photographer’s job may seem like an easy task, but they face their own set of challenges especially when they work on the field. One of their usual concerns is to guarantee that their data is always completely backed up. And while they rely on keeping around two copies of their photos on various memory cards, there are some photographers who choose to manually back up their images via dedicated backup device or laptop.
For so many years now, WD or Western Digital, as most people know them, has been giving us backup solutions that are designed for photographers. Their WD My Passport Wireless SSD collection of devices targets both professionals and enthusiasts alike, who want to be able to make backups for their work without any hassles or issues while at work.
But if you take a good look at things, the My Passport Wireless SSD isn’t really the first kind of Wi-Fi-enabled portable storage device the company has in their collection. The device is a hard drive model launched back in the year 2016 and if you observe, it’s practically the same as this current SSD unit except for three specific areas: transfer speed, durability, and the price.
The WD My Passport Wireless SSD is a device that can offer you greater and better durability since its storage is a solid state. This only means that compared to the Wireless Pro’s mechanical hard drive, there aren’t any moving parts that are easily broken; plus, it will be able to take and withstand more scrapes, bumps, and everyday scrambling through your camera bag.
Let’s learn more about this wireless SSD, its features, how it performs, and if it’s really a good device to have for all you photographers out there. With that, let’s head on and check out what’s inside the box.
WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review – What’s in the Box?
The device comes in a simple but sturdy package which provides you with an image of the My Passport Wireless SSD on the center. Below this, you will see a list of the capacity and connectivity of the drive for your convenience. At the back of the box, you will find more details about the device’s compatibility, as well as a diagram of its enclosure inputs to its right.
When it comes to the items inside, of course, you have the My Passport Wireless SSD, one USB 3.0 cable, the drop protection bumper, and a power adapter.
WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review
The WD My Passport Wireless SSD sports the same square-like body just like its disk-based predecessors. However, it now has a rubber bumper sleeve which fits perfectly along the corners while also providing adequate protection against falls and knocks. It isn’t one of those types of devices that are waterproof or invincible, but with the fitted sleeve, it should be able to handle falls from about a meter high. The SSD drives are also better and more resistant to occurrences like knocks compared to the classic hard disks.
With the presence of the rubber bumper sleeve, the My Passport Wireless SSD is 135 x 135 x 30 millimeters and weighs only under half a kilo, making it slightly bigger than your usual portable drive whether you’re using a classic hard disk or SSD. Compared to most portable drives that are around, the My Passport Wireless SSD is not something you can keep in your pocket; also, you should remember that it’s designed not as a companion device, but a replacement for traveling with your laptop.
With its size, it’s surely more convenient and lighter than carrying your laptop with you, wherever you go. With that said, we’re really glad that Western Digital decided to create this device which makes everything more convenient and easy.
If you take a look at one side of the drive, you will see a spring loaded SD slot which is something that you’ll find in cameras. We like that Western Digital made it more secure, so when you insert an SD card, it will move entirely into the slot without having any parts of it sticking out. If you need to get the card out, just press it until it gets pushed in so it will spring out sufficiently from the slot. This slot reads at a speed of up to 65 MB/s; though it isn’t really the fastest around, it’s still faster compared to the older My Passport Wireless model.
On the other side of the device, there are two buttons present, as well as two ports. There is the primary power button on the left side which switches the drive on with just a quick push, then it switches off once again if you press it longer. Next one would be the USB 3 port which is utilized for charging and connecting the My Passport Wireless SSD directly to PCs to give you the fastest data speed for transferring.
Next to the USB 3 port is the classic USB 2 port which is necessary for charging external devices such as smartphones using the 6700 mAh internal battery as a power bank, or for linking external card readers. When it functions as a USB port, the data speed is fairly quick and were glad that it works adequately. Lastly, on the right side is another button that functions to check the battery life or for initiating the SD card. For its battery, it is indicated by blue LED lights on the upper part of the drive that you can easily setup the drive to immediately backup the SD card’s contents as soon as it’s linked or inserted whenever necessary.
The WD My Passport Wireless SSD is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, Mac OS X El Capitan, High Sierra, or Sierra. The device requires the DLNA / UPnP or the Plex-enabled devices that are utilized for streaming.
It has a total capacity of 1TB and makes use of SD 3.0 card slot, and the USB 2.0 for importing. The interface also has 802.11 ac/n Wi-Fi.
Shock-Resistant, One-Touch Card Copy
The My Passport Wireless SSD is a multi-purpose portable drive that allows you to preserve media files that you captured via cameras and drones. Its one-touch copy button lets you backup videos and photos using the integrated SD card reader or the built-in USB port even without having a laptop or a program.
Since the My Passport Wireless SSD, your files are safeguarded from vibrations, shock, and drops up to 1 meter, even when the drive is being used.
Integrated SD Card Reader
The My Passport Wireless SSD has a built-in 3.0 SD card. With its read and write speed rate that reaches a maximum of 65 Mbps, the device allows for easy backing up of files when you don’t have your computer or other devices and software.
Long-Lasting Battery Life
The battery life of the My Passport Wireless SSD depends on your usage, but generally, it can last up to 10 hours of use. You’ll have no problems even if you take this on a long trip or if you stream videos on the road.
Faster Transfer Speed
Access speed and transfer rates are faster with this portable SSD. When using the USB 3.0 port to move files from your computer, you can enjoy read speeds that go up to 390 MB/s4.
Import Media from Card Readers
Aside from the one-touch copy button, the My Passport Wireless SSD also has a convenient USB 2.0 port allows you to easily move files from compatible card readers, as well as external USB storage devices
4K Streaming and Wireless Access
The My Passport Wireless SSD creates its exclusively fast 802.11 ac WiFi connection. This allows for wirelessly connecting your phone to view and gain access to some files. Streaming 4K videos is also smooth even when done directly to your mobile devices. There are also third party applications that you can use to edit videos immediately.
Also a Power Bank
The My Passport Wireless SSD from Western digital allows you to charge your mobile phone camera, and other devices even without an electrical outlet. It stores up to 6,700 mAh and it provides up to 1.5A of power.
Using the Product
Much older hard drives that were utilized for other Western Digital wireless drives are undeniably decent performers; but when it comes to this My Passport Wireless SSD, it is surely more convenient and efficient compared to the others. This is most especially when it comes to wireless transfers. It’s because it has about threefold speed boost when it comes to transferring files to and from your computer or through Mac using the USB.
During our tests, we were able to clock a top speed of 384 MB/s and 381 for its write. When it came to acquiring the contents of our SD Card via the onboard card reader, we were able to see transfer speeds to be smooth and non-erratic which is good.
The SD transfers completed smoothly just as well. We inserted an SD card and we didn’t have to wait for more than five seconds to actually get it mounted on our device. We didn’t experience any instances where the status lights just kept blinking and had to remove the card and just try again.
For the mobile applications, it’s relatively easy and quick to browse through files and folders. Streaming multimedia content was just as seamless as well so we’re pretty happy about this. There were also no occurrences of hiccups when we tried streaming recorded 4K drone footages on the My Cloud app for the iOS. For the application’s integrated player, the 4K videos did not have any form of pauses which usually happens when buffering such. Via smartphone over Wi-Fi connection, 4K videos played seamlessly so we were really thrilled to see such amazing performance from this device.
All in all, we can definitely say that the performance of the My Passport Wireless SSD from Western Digital is great, and we’d highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.
The WD My Passport Wireless SSD can work as a wired or wireless storage device for computers. The My Cloud App is also useful when you want to leave your laptop at home and access your content with your phone or tablet wherever you are. This free My Cloud application can be used for iOS and Android devices. The best thing about this app is that it’s easy to setup and use.
The My Passport Wireless SSD from Western Digital is extremely versatile that allows you to backup media files without the need of a laptop or power supply. Its integrated slot for SD cards automatically copy the contents of your cards; plus, it lets you view and access files with just your computer or phone tablet. We were really amazed with these features since we never saw any other device that could do all of these.
With the integrated Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless SSD works like a NAS or a wireless media server. You can share the storage withmore than one computer, phone, and tablet to stream content to DLNA or players that are compatible with Plex such as smart TV’s. Aside from that, you can also use it as a power bank.
If you’re looking for the best multi-purpose SSD for creatives who need to access and backup data on the go, we highly recommend the WD My Passport Wireless SSD.
Where to Buy
You can purchase the WD My Passport Wireless 1TB SSD for around $660AUD from your local retailer. For more information head on over to the official product page.