STORAGE STALWART WD has released a second generation of its MyPassport Wireless HDD drives.
The WD MyPassport Wireless Pro builds on the concepts of the first edition while learning from many of the pitfalls.
The device is designed to reduce the amount of equipment required by professionals such as photographers by providing a simple way to download and back up content on the move.
It connects wirelessly to desktop and mobile devices using the MyCloud software suite that runs across all WD's cloud products, offering remote access to content from anywhere and integration with OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
New this time, however, is integration with Plex, the personal media server that offers a conjoined media library across devices, and Adobe's Creative Cloud suite, including mobile versions, so that users can make edits to products on the fly, via the drive.
"Portability, reliability, capacity, speed and interoperability are crucial for creative professionals whose very livelihoods rely on the strength of the technology they use to store their life’s work,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for content solutions at WD.
"We created the WD Pro Series as a comprehensive, feature-rich storage solution designed to fit seamlessly into their workflow, regardless of where the work actually happens, so storage, transfer, back-up, editing and even streaming options are readily available."
In a more domestic environment, up to eight users can connect to the drive at the same time watching multiple streams - up to four at 1080p or two at 4K.
The MyPassport Wireless Pro has an SD card slot and, somewhat inexplicably, a USB 2.0 port. We were told that the company eschewed a USB 3.0 or USB-C port because it found the speed difference negligible. We raise one eyebrow to that.
But it's a chink in an otherwise fairly impressive piece of armour. Battery life is up to 10 hours, and it can be used as an emergency charger for your device. Capacities are up to 3TB and there's a warranty of two years.
Expect to pay between £189.99 and £209.99. We'd spend the extra £30, frankly. The new device is out now. µ
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