SSD WD My Passport: your life, perfectly protected

This super compact SSD type memory unit offers very high read and write speeds, has hardware protection and even resists drops and impacts.

“If I lose my laptop, I lose my life.” It is a common phrase and, unfortunately, it happens around us in a real way with more assiduity than we think. Even knowing that the activity of backing up our photos, videos, documents and files in general should be one more in our day to day, as it is not. And then comes the lament and the curse. It won’t be because they don’t make it easy for us. This WD My Passport SSD is a great example.

For backups and everything

It is a super compact memory unit (takes up less than a pack of cigarettes) and ultralight (less than 50 grams), based on SSD technology, which is available in four colors and in the capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. It is a modernized version of the same product launched a long time ago, that beats everything (in fact, doubles the speed). Inside, an NVMe 1.4 SSD; Your umbilical cord is a cable that ends in a USB-C 3.2 Gen-2 type connector (10 GBps) and comes with a USB Type A adapter.

It integrates software that facilitates and speeds up the backup copies of the files you want to say enough. It allows scheduling backups, selecting what we want to save … It can’t be easier. Of course, it is compatible with Windows and Mac.

As its brand suggests, the WD My Passport SSD is based on SSD technology, what we commonly call solid-state memory. The advantages of this format are diverse, but can be summed up in two: very high data transmission speeds and some resistance to impacts or even the weather due to the lack of mechanical elements. We will delve into them.

Speed

The WD My Passport SSD promises read speeds of up to 1,050 MB / second and write speeds of up to 1,000 MB / second. These records will be true, provided they were obtained in a WD laboratory and in very special circumstances, such as having a very solvent computer in this facet of transmission and reception, and with the best USB ports at the moment. At the Gadgets Laboratory, the maximum achieved, with the best equipment available, was 400 and 600 MB / second respectively. We’ve seen videos that prove higher speeds.

Protection

This portable memory unit incorporates a 256-bit AES hardware encryption system with a password. We were unable to test its effectiveness because, fortunately, we did not experience cyber attacks against the content stored on this unit during our tests. Our low criminal spirit has confirmed that, in fact, the data is properly protected because either you know the password or your aunt cannot access it.

Resistance

Its metal case, on the other hand, acts as a protection for the internal SSD unit against drops and impacts. Its lightness, on the other hand, also favors this resistance. As the company boasts that the maximum height of precipitation to the ground can reach 1.98 m, well … hold me. He ‘fell’ 2 m (already in …) several times and continued to play without problems. It also resists vibrations, but be careful: it is not submersible and tries not to expose it to dust, splashes or weather. The warranty offered by the company does not cover these circumstances.

Gadget thinks

The WD My Passport SSD portable memory unit fits perfectly in your pocket, is robust and has an attractive design. It perfectly fulfills what it promises with regard to the security of the files it stores and helps to protect your most loved or necessary data. In addition, it is a commitment to the future, as it integrates the most advanced connectors and technologies of today. And because it is available in different capacities and colors, you have an option tailored to your needs, budget and taste. We found just one detail that can be improved: the length of the cable that comes from the factory seems short (17 cm).

WD My Passport SSD – Data sheet

  • Capacity: 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB.
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen-2 connection.
  • Compatible with Windows 8.1 and 10, macOS Catalina, Mojave and High Sierra.
  • Sequential read performance: 1,050 MB / s.
  • Sequential write performance: 1,000 MB / s.
  • Available in blue, beige, gray and red.
  • 100 x 55 x 8.9 mm / 42 gr.

WD My Passport SSD: 149.99 euros (500 GB) – 249.99 euros (1 TB) – 419.99 euros (2 TB) (prices as of September 21, 2020).

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