• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Storage Size: 2TB (Also available in 1TB)
  • Interface: Wi-Fi, SD Card slot, USB 3.0
  • Supported Operating System: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
  • Dimension: 127 x 86 x 29.8mm
  • Weight: 0.35kg
  • Pros:
  • Wireless N with MIMO technology
  • USB 3.0
  • SD card slot
  • No more messy cables
  • Doubles as a Wi-Fi hub
  • Cons:
  • 2TB variant a little bulky
  • Battery life
  • Mobile app has limited file format support

Freed From Shackles

External hard disk drives have long been a staple to a roadwarrior’s arsenal, especially for those who run around with an ultrabook that usually has very limited storage space. However, one of the major headaches when it comes to an external hard disk drive is the cable which gets easily tangled, misplaced or damaged. So with that in mind, WD, has released their very first wireless storage device, the My Passport Wireless, which aims to ease the headache of roadwarriors everywhere.

When transferring larger files, it is much better to transfer it via the USB 3.0 port

When transferring larger files, it is much better to transfer it via the USB 3.0 port

At first glance, the My Passport Wireless looks very similar to most external hard disk drives; the main difference is that it is very much thicker to accommodate the 3,400mAh rechargeable battery that powers up this device. While it is a little bulky, it won’t add to much weight to your backpack. The other differences include its SD card slot located on the left side of the device and two buttons flanking the USB 3.0 port on the top. One is the power button and the other is the WPS/Battery status button.

Besides just using it with a computer, the My Passport Wireless also works with Android and iOS mobile devices. To do so, you will have to download the My Cloud app. The app is very user-friendly and straightforward, once you’ve paired the device to the My Passport Wireless, which takes about a minute to do so, you can then start streaming and transferring files. One of the neatest little features of the app is also the fact that you can link it to all your other cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, essentially giving you a one-stop shop for all your data. The only little gripe we have with the app is that it has limited file support so it may not display or play some of your files, so a little research is required beforehand.

With the SD card slot, photographers and videographers can easily and quickly transfer their shots to the My Passport Wireless and free up space on their SD cards

With the SD card slot, photographers and videographers can easily and quickly transfer their shots to the My Passport Wireless and free up space on their SD cards

In terms of performance, the My Passport Wireless works pretty much just as advertise. It transfers files in a jiff and we were able to stream 1080p videos from it with no lags whatsoever. We were even able to stream to four different devices and still there were no hiccups. Last but not least, the battery life is just decent as we had to recharge the device after about four hours of use.

CHIP CONCLUDE: All in all, for their very first try, WD has actually done quite a good job with the My Passport Wireless. It may not be perfect but what it offers is still pretty good and will definitely be a worthwhile investment for those who are constantly travelling or working out in the field. If the 2TB variant is a little too pricey, there’s also a 1TB variant priced at RM599.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

WD My Passport Wireless