Portable drives are nothing new these days, but the new WD portable storage drive wants to be something different: it offers up to 2TB, up to 20 hours of standby power and a SD card slot for direct transfer of data. All under the popular My Passport name!
Unveiled today, the My Passport Wireless is an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows users to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device.
Photographers and Videographers can instantly backup or offload their SD cards to make sure they don’t lose their day of shooting. They can directly connect their cameras via FTP to instantly upload images to the My Passport Wireless as they shoot. GoPro Users can quickly and effortlessly offload photos to a centralized storage that everyone can access without the web.
Those old enough to remember the very first CD burners with integrated battery fully understand the logic of these drives, of which exist in the market multiple solutions, from Corsair, Seagate, Buffalo, Patriot, Silicon Power or LaCie. And now Western Digital! When you're away from storage solutions and need to be able to keep working and upload your content somewhere to free your memory cards, a portable drive that works independently is an asset.
Western Digital portable wireless storage My Passport Wireless drive is presented as 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. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.
“As we celebrate its 10th anniversary, the success of WD’s My Passport line of portable hard drives is unprecedented,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “Our new My Passport Wireless drive continues the evolution, resolving a common problem for today’s mobile consumer; too many devices with limited storage and no way to offload their content and free up space on-the-go. Now, consumers will have one drive to easily store content from all their devices and enjoy that content anywhere they go.”
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 500GB, 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.
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 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.
The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.