WD My Passport Portable SSD Review

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Western Digital, or WD as they prefer to be called now, have been manufacturing data storage devices for quite some time and they continue to improve the performance & capabilities of their hard drives with each release. This is no more apparent than with their current range of ‘My Passport’ products, including the My Passport SSD, which is what we’re looking at today. This tiny little SSD comes in 256gb/512gb/1tb versions, with prices starting at just £109.99.

WD My Passport SSD Features:

  • WD state its the fastest My Passport drive to date with read speeds up to 515MB/s using USB Type-C technology. Also works with USB3.1 gen 2 and USB 3.0/2.0 via USB A port.
  • 256gb / 512gb / 1tb versions available.
  • Password protected by built-in 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software.
  • Durable, it’s been built to withstand a drop of up to 6.5 feet (1.98 meters).
  • Automatic backup via the WD software, to back up your computer files or Dropbox files. Compatible with Apple Time Machine (requires reformatting).
  • Ready to use out the box, plug & play!
  • 3 year warranty included

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In the box you get the drive itself, plus a USB-C cable (50cm length), a type C to type A USB adapter and some instructions. The drive itself is incredibly small, compact & lightweight, so small that it will fit in the palm of your hand and so light that you would never feel it in your pocket. It’s constructed from plastic, with a matte black & rippled gun metal finish, and has just one single USB type-C port on the bottom of it. The drive is plug & play straight out of the box and will work on Windows 7/8/10 & macOS High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan (got to love macOS names!). As stated before, it natively uses USB type-C but with the adapter included in the box, you can use type-A, so it will work with all modern devices. No external power is required.

To the crucial part of the review, the speed. WD state a speed of upto 512mb/s, but it’s unclear on how they achieved such a speed and as expected, we were not able to replicate such results. That being said, the results from the benchmark test is in and it’s pretty quick! The test states a top speed of 336mb/s via USB type-C (3.1). Taking that into the real world, I did a number of transfer tests from my laptop to the drive, via USB type-C (3.1), large singular files & a group of 100 plus files. I was achieving between 250mb/s & 300mb/s, which is slightly lower than the benchmark test and upto 50% lower than what WD state BUT, that’s still very quick. Anything under 1gb, blink and you’ll miss the transfer!

wd_my_passport_ssd_speed_testOther features include the WD backup software which is included on the drive when you first plug it in. The software is simple to install & set up, and allows you to automatically back up the files of your choice, at a time that suits you. As the drive’s powered via USB only, you can simply set it up and leave it, knowing your data is being fully backed up and protected. Yes, the drive includes a built in 256-bit AES hardware encryption, meaning your files can be secure behind a password of your choosing.

To summarise, this is a cracking little SSD. Its incredibly light & portable, doesn’t require any external power source, comes in 3 sizes upto 1tb and it is quick.The drive is ideal for both casual users and hardcore users, such a on the spot video editing etc. The 512gb model we tested will set you back £170, so it’s not cheap but it is competitively priced. When browsing the market, I did find a couple of cheaper SSD’s, but didn’t offer some of the features WD do, and I also found a lot that were more expensive.

Two thumbs up from me! For more info visit the official WD website.

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