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WD adds WiFi Direct option to My Passport drive range

Boasts HD streaming and up to 20 hours of battery life
Thu Sep 04 2014, 14:41
WD My Passport Wireless

WESTERN DIGITAL (WD) has announced the latest addition to its My Passport series of portable external hard drives.

The My Passport Wireless, as the name suggests, is WD's entry in the current crop of WiFi Direct attached storage devices.

Available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, the My Passport Wireless drive can sit directly on a WiFi network or act as a pass-through device, linking up to eight devices regardless of type and operating system.

One touch syncing with Dropbox, Onedrive and Google Drive allows users to keep local copies of files without clogging up their computer hard drives.

With an optimal battery life of eight hours and standby life of 20 hours on a single charge, My Passport Wireless is capable of streaming HD video to multiple screens, and connects with wireless cameras via FTP for simultaneous backup during photo sessions.

An external SD card slot is also included for devices that do not have a direct connection, or if you need a little extra boost in storage space.

WD's My Cloud app, which also powers its My Cloud range of NAS devices, has been given a facelift to include access to the My Passport wireless. New features include an embedded music and video player, and remote configuration of drive settings.

The 500GB model will retail at £109, with the 1TB and 2TB editions priced at £129 and £199, respectively.

As part of the launch of the My Passport Wireless, WD also introduced two new limited edition wired My Passport devices to commemorate ten years of the range. The My Passport Ultra Metal Edition and My Passport Ultra Anniversary Editions were described by Scott Vouri, WD VP of Consumer Marketing as "a souvenir of ten years of a classic device". µ


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