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WD 3 TB My Passport Wireless Pro, Black

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With the My Passport Wireless SSD, I can import the contents of my memory card to the unit, then use the WD My Cloud app on my iPad to wirelessly access whichever RAW file I want.

When I had lots of images in a folder including many similar-looking ones, I often found it hard to pinpoint the exact one I was looking for, switching back and forth between thumbnail and full-screen views. In addition, without the RAW file to edit on my iPad, I’d not be able to make effective edits to white balance, nor really dig into the file’s data. When he’s not taking photos or reviewing the latest camera gear and software, Mark can be found cycling around the northern rivers. When you throw in the ability to ingest and stream media, the cost of the My Passport Wireless SSD is largely justified.

And if your camera has Wifi and you only want to copy a few images onto your phone for sharing, then the camera’s own app is the way forward.

Secondly, if you connect the drive to a network and enable sharing, then any device on that network will be able to access it – this is great for using the drive as a wireless NAS, but obviously you wouldn’t want to connect it to a public network and enable the same sharing rights. Well, essentially it’s a portable solid state hard drive with a slot where an SD card can be plugged in, and with the touch of a button backed up onto the drive with no need for a laptop, so it can be backed up in the field, in the airport, or anywhere. Once the configuration is complete, you’ll be presented with the dashboard for the drive which indicates the capacity and battery life remaining, as well offering further configuration options like changing the Wifi defaults.

If the drive is already connected to a shared access point, say in a home or office, then your phone or tablet should be able to talk to it via the app straightaway. The WD My Passport Wireless SSD may work quite happily as a wireless or wired storage device for computers, but it’s also designed for those who want to leave their laptop at home and access their content via a smartphone or tablet. On my iPad I can transfer up to 66MByte/s WebDAV or FTP instead of 10-12MByte/s SMB (sustained, large files) on AC866, so… wireless may not be quite that unusable, depending on protocol and App used.

The solid state drive (SSD) of the My Passport Wireless SSD makes everything much quicker, and is also much less fragile – the rubber jacket helps too. By default, the installed Twonky server presents the contents of the Sample Media folder to DLNA players, and was immediately recognised by my connected Blu Ray player at home as well as the media players on my Windows 10 PC. Use My Passport Wireless Pro as a Wi-Fi hub and share an Internet connection with up to eight (8) separate devices.The software is able to read thumbnails from RAW files (using the embedded JPEG thumbnails in RAW files), so you can preview images from both SD cards and the built-in storage. For video shooters, you can even import/stream any video footage from your card on your mobile device too. The cards take up little space, weight almost nothing, and you don’t need to keep a battery charged. You should think carefully about your intended workflow though: if you intend to browse the contents of your backup in the field, you’ll much prefer doing so with a tablet than a phone, and if you end up needing your laptop after all, you could save money and space by using a simple external drive instead – see my WD My Passport Ultra review.

Launched in January 2018, it essentially takes the existing My Passport Wireless model and switches the traditional spinning hard drive for a solid state drive, or SSD for short. The experience on an iPad was far superior, as the larger screen allowed the app to display thumbnails on one side and a large view of the selected image on the other.By checking the box, you acknowledge Western Digital's Privacy Statement and agree to receive communication from Western Digital that includes newsletters, updates, and promotions related to Western Digital's products. Speaking of USB ports, I was disappointed that Western Digital is still pushing standard USB Type A and micro USB ports when the whole world has been transitioning towards USB Type C. With an SSD inside and protective bumper outside, your content is safeguarded from shock, vibrations and drops, even when the drive is in operation. Many mirrorless cameras these days support USB charging, as do the new MacBooks, so being able to charge all my gear with the My Passport Wireless SSD is pretty neat.

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