My Passport Wireless: No strings attached

By: | Published: January 15, 2015 12:48 AM

A wireless portable device for all your storage needs

Nowadays, we are all churning out a lot of data—audio, video and still images. And, we store a lot of these in our mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Fact is, your memories are important. Don’t let a computer disaster or other tech tragedy wipe them out. Sensing a market opportunity, Western Digital (WD) has come up with a single portable drive, My Passport Wireless, which can save images and files from computers, tablets and smartphones, all with no need for wires or Internet.

Basically, My Passport Wireless is an upgraded version of the company’s previously launched My Passport range of external hard drives. It is available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB models. We got the 1 TB model for a review and it retails for R13,000. The cigar box-like device is compatible with Windows 8.1 or higher, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating systems, Mac OS Mavericks, Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard operating systems.

Unlike its predecessor, the My Passport Wireless comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you save, access and stream digital content wirelessly to your mobile devices. Put simply, it means that there is wireless storage for your life on the go. The device uses the WD My Cloud mobile app to make this possible. For a user, this means that he/she is more attached with no attachments. A user is free of wires and the Internet, and can connect with upto 8 devices at the same time. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Set up is an easy affair. Power up the device and then download WD’s My Cloud mobile app and pair your mobile devices and computers over a Wi-Fi connection. Once this is done, you are ready to save, access and share your digital life on the go. There’s also a built-in SD card slot, which makes it possible to instantly transfer or back up photos and videos from the SD card in the field so that a user can keep on shooting. There’s a rechargeable battery to keep you going too. A user can stay mobile with the long-lasting, built-in, rechargeable battery. A user gets upto six hours of continuous video streaming and upto 20 hours of standby time.

What’s more, a user can wirelessly connect with mobile devices. One can interact with his/her media files using a tablet or a smartphone with WD’s My Cloud mobile app, as mentioned above. One can stream upto four HD videos at once to multiple devices. Plus, stream your media to connected TV’s, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA devices.

A user can also keep his private stuff private. One can feel secure from unauthorised access with Wi-Fi password protection for every file you save. Plus, one can protect the drive from USB access using Drive Lock in the device dashboard.

Put simply, you’re more in control of your stuff.

Estimated street price: Rs 13,000

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