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WD 3 TB My Passport Wireless Pro, Black

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An HD button on my Android app purports to retrieve a higher resolution version for closer examination, but on my phone made no discernable difference with the previous version. They have unfortunately disabled it's ability, to be part of a cloud system following this generation of WD outdated security. But if you can see yourself exploiting the standalone capabilities of the My Passport Wireless SSD for backing-up SD cards in the field and wirelessly sharing its contents, then it’s a product I can recommend.

What this meant was I could keep the My Passport Wireless SSD in the overhead luggage compartment on a plane, whilst our two kids could be sitting on nearby seats watching their favorite shows, and my wife and I could be streaming movies to our respective iPads… all at the same time! Simply removing and re-inserting the card worked out, but it is certainly something you should keep in mind, especially if you have the “Automatic Import” option enabled. While it is possible to view the contents of the drive with a phone, I’d only recommend it for very casual browsing or if you only have a handful of images to go through.

And finally on the right side is another button used to initiate SD card backups or to briefly check the battery life, indicated by four blue LEDs on the upper surface of the drive. During the configuration process, you’ll be asked if you want to connect the drive to a home or office Wifi network and if you want to make the drive visible on these networks. If Western Digital found a way to incorporate more memory card readers (XQD, CFast, SD and microSD) without adding to the size of the device, or provided a much faster USB 3.

I found the device genuinely useful as a mobile backup solution that allows me to check my files wirelessly on my iPad. 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. We've been using a full production version of this 120 fps sports camera, to see what you gain (and, perhaps, lose). Used a Lexar 2933x 64Gb XQD card with about 950 photo’s of D850, about 50-55Mb/each – thats about 50Gb. I wish WD came up with a way to split My Passport Wireless SSD into two separate units: one that has the SD card port, SSD drive and other input/output ports, and the other one only sporting the power bank, with one input and one output ports.At the end of a shoot, you can simply insert your SD card into the device and relax in the knowledge it’s made a backup of the contents. For a photographer wanting to skip a laptop, it would make sense to bring both the main unit and the power bank.

Wi-Fi password protection helps to keep your photography, videos, music and other important files safe from unauthorized wireless access. With an SSD inside and protective bumper outside, your content is safeguarded from shock, vibrations and drops, even when the drive is in operation. Above: Connecting the WD My Passport Wireless SSD over USB 3 allows you to unlock its full potential speed.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. In terms of the drive itself, the SSD is nice to have for lower power consumption and greater durability, but you won’t exploit its speed with any of the wireless connections, nor even the SD slot; the speed benefit only kicks-in with a direct USB 3 connection. 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.

If you connect wirelessly, whether directly or via an access point, multiple devices can access the device simultaneously and there’s no need for cables; connecting via a shared access point also means your device still enjoys internet connectivity (assuming the access point also does), but data transfer to and from the drive will be slower than a direct connection. A built-in SD card reader and one-touch copy button makes it easy to quickly back up photos and videos from an SD card without a computer or additional software. And when you activate Drive Lock through the device dashboard, you prevent unauthorized USB access to your content if it’s ever lost or stolen. However, if you want a storage device without carrying a laptop, then at the moment My Passport Wireless SSD is the way to go. First of all, it creates it’s own WiFi network and comes with a password so it can connect to a tablet or smartphone via the WD My Cloud app.card reader to offload or copy photos and videos from your camera’s SD card and create a workflow that keeps you moving.

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