- IntroductionWD tries to push themselves beyond a ‘storage manufacturer’ image and don’t seem to mind if they fail as long as it helps to evolve- at least that’s the impression I get from their past products- their WD Blue SSD, WD Black², their wireless routers with onboard storage- and then there’s this!
- Product Images and Specification
- Wireless-N with MIMO
- SD card slot
- USB 3.0
- Wi-Fi mobile storage
- USB cable
- USB power adapter
- Quick install guide
- 500 GB
- 1 TB
- 2 TB
- Test Setup and Testing MethodologyIt gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. It’s always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys! I would like to thank:
- Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
- Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
- Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
- WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
- Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
- LAN Speed Test
- Intel NASPT
- LST Benchmark
- NAS Performance Test
- Minor tests, observations and Conclusion
- Large Portable Storage
- Inbuilt Battery MiMo WiFi which allows the system connected to the drive to connect with the router for accessing the internet
- SD Card Reader with ability to either copy or move data from SD to drive
- Separate buttons for WiFi and Power
WD My Passport Wireless 2TB drive is a very interesting product. Apart from USB 3.0 interface, you have WiFi MiMo and an SD card adapter. With a built-in battery, you can use this to pair your wireless systems with it, which then you can connect your wireless router. This way- all your gadgets and systems are connected to wireless storage and get internet access.
Since I always do a secure erase followed by a fresh OS install whenever I am testing a core component, I accidentally didn’t back up the photos. Luckily, the benchmarks were backed up in my secondary drive, but unfortunately not the images. So I used the images from WD’s site. Unfortunately, it was just one of THOSE days!
From the outside, WD My Passport Wireless looks like an ordinary USB 3.0 drive, except the thickness. There are two buttons- power and WiFi. On the side, you get the SD Card.
Length: 5.0 in (127.0 mm)
Length: 5.0 in (127.0 mm)
Length: 5.0 in (127.0 mm)
|OPERATING SPECIFICATIONS||Data transfer rate
USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s
SD 2.0 up to 25MB/s
2×2 Wireless-NOperating temperature: 0°C to 35°C
Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 60°C
|SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY||Formatted exFAT for Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 or Windows 8 operating system and Mac OS® X|
|Test Setup for||WD My Passport Wireless 2TB Drive Review|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDRIII|
|Primary Drive||SanDisk Extreme II 240GB|
|Power Supply||Coolermaster G450M|
|Chassis||Lian Li A70F Full-Tower|
The benchmarks used are as follows:
Note that I have done only wireless tests. The wireless connection was made directly with the drive using Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi’s Intel Dual band WiFi-AC 7260 AC WiFi+ Bluetooth 4.0 module. Password Protection is enabled on the drive and tested in full battery charge on the device.
Firmware version v1.01.06 was used in this drive.
The battery life is pretty decent. But if you plan on transferring something much larger via WiFi, prepare to wait. A 15GB Movie file transfer led to 50% drain in its battery power from its 100% state. Transferring a 1.34 GB assorted image folder from the system to the WD My Passport Wireless 2TB via wireless takes 4.49 minutes.
The best part is that it includes an SD Card slot. Though the interface is very similar to WD My Cloud 2TB, it does have the option of either copying and moving from the inserted SD card to the drive. This is a very handy device for those who take a lot of photos in their camera, but want an easy plug-and-play solution to transfer the images from the card to the drive- or simply as a portable backup unit. But I wouldn’t be surprised if people with cameras that use other media card types would ask for the same.
Wireless transfer speed is not very surprising, to be honest. I wish wireless LAN speed was quick enough compared to a wired connection, but I guess that’s wishful thinking. Now that you think about it, it’s about time there’s a cheaper 10Gbps ethernet solution for motherboards and notebooks. This is WAY overdue.
But its there, and its incredibly useful in scenarios like I posted above.
The only con I can think of is that I am not able to use the drive wireless once it’s connected to a system via USB 3.0. This would have made more sense, considering that the drive does take a very long time to upload and download larger files. At the very least it could have solved the upload problem and enabled wireless option at the same time. Plus there’s an added advantage that the device gets charged at the same time. If WD can implement this via a firmware update, they really should consider it.
- Not having the option to use WiFi when the drive is connected to a system via USB 3.0
- SD Card transfer speed could be quicker, especially with large MOV files