Tested by Rae Red • Photos by Raymund Ravanera and Rae Red
It may not seem much from the outside but WD’s My Passport Wireless may just be the answer for your entire file transferring and sharing woes. I rarely transfer files wirelessly, the few times I did it was just to transfer one song or one picture via Bluetooth, that’s why having experienced transferring gigabytes of files is really quite refreshing.
The design is really simple. The 1TB version that I was able to try is a little less than an inch thick. It can easily fit any bag or even in the back pocket of your jeans. The simple design makes for a very user-friendly device. It only has 2 buttons on top: one is the power button and the other is for WPS detection. There are also two lights on the front. One tells you the power remaining in your battery, which tells you via color-coding and the other tells you if the Wi-Fi is turned on. With a design so simple, you can expect that its packaging mimics this same simplicity. Inside the box are 2 adapters for your outlet (Australian and North American), charger, manuals and the USB 3.0 cable.
Using WD’s My Passport Wireless these last couple of days has brought my file transferring to a whole new level of convenience. I have a Macbook Air and a Window’s desktop and it has always been a pain to partition my external hard drives just so I can use it on both. Another solution is to install Macdrive or other third party software so my PC can read Mac-formatted disks. But because My Passport Wireless connects your device via Wi-Fi, there is no need for any of that nuisance. My Passport Wireless also comes with an SD slot. This feature is great for photographers who forgot to bring extra memory cards outside. My Passport Wireless let’s you choose if you want to automatically dump all the files to the hard drive or just copy it. This feature is great for anyone who is always on the go.
My Passport Wireless also lets you connect to your local network that’s is why there is no need to go offline just to be able to transfer your files. If you want a faster transfer though, you can opt to connect your device through USB. Via Wi-Fi, the transfer speed averages at 7 Megabytes per second but while plugged through the USB 3.0 the transfer speed clocks in at almost 100 megabytes per second. That’s more than ten times faster compared to Wi-Fi. I would suggest connecting through USB if you’re transferring huge amounts of files. This is not only the faster way but it is also safer. If My Passport suddenly runs out of power while in the middle of a transfer you would have to start all over again.
Speaking of power, it may not have the world’s longest battery life but My Passport Wireless has enough battery life to sustain trip outside. It can run 4-5 hours depending on your usage.
Configuring settings on My Passport Wireless is also really user friendly. WD uses a web-based control panel for all your setting preferences. If you’re using a mobile device like tablet or a smart phone, WD requires you to download their My Cloud app. The layout on both the web-based control panel and app is clean and simple. I didn’t need too much assistance from the manuals while figuring out how to connect or transfer. If you love tinkering new things like I do, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out which goes where. If ever you’re in need of assistance the manuals that come in with the box have all the answers.
The few days I spent with this device I was able to watch and share so many movies with the family. I had My Passport Wireless plugged and almost all my family are connected to it at the same time. Three of us were watching three different movies from each of our devices. All the files we were using were accessed all in one device. If that’s not the definition of convenient, what is?
- Drive type: 2.5-inch external USB hard drive with internal Wi-Fi access point and battery
- Connector options: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (for both data and charging)
- Dimensions: 500GB: 5 by 3.39 by 0.86 inches (127x86x21mm) | 1 TB : 5 by 3.39 by 0.96 inches (127x86x24.4mm) | 2 TB: 5 by 3.39 by 1.17 inches (127x86x29.8mm)
- Weight: 500GB: .55 lb (0.25kg) | 1TB: .60 lb (0.27kg) | 2TB: .77 lb (0.35kg)
- Apps included: WD My Cloud (Android and iOS)
- Capacities / File system: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB / ExFAT
- Supported operating systems: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
- Concurrent Wi-Fi clients supported: 8 total, 4 for HD streaming
- Warranty: 2 years
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