WD unveils the easy to use Wi-Fi enabled smart storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly to any smartphone, tablet, computer or other devices.
The drive is capable of broadcasting its own wireless network, allowing up to 8 concurrent connection.
It has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 6 hours for continuous data streaming, up to 20 hours for standby time.
The drive is also accessible via mobile devices by using WD My Cloud app that is available for Android and iOS platform.
The My Passport Wireless also comes with an SD card slot, making it convenient to clear SD cards to make room for more images. Alternatively, the integrated FTP capability allows users to automatically transfer photos from their cameras as they take them.
The WD My Passport Wireless is currently available at select retailer, MSRP being RM 599 for the 1TB variant, RM 699 for 2TB.
More details at the official product page.
According to the technical person at the event, the transfer rate is about 8Mb/s for both read and write. The My Passport Wireless comes with a 3400mAh battery and it’s used to power the connectivity features. Even with the battery flat, you are able to access the drive with USB 3.0 connection just as with the other WD My Passport products.
The product looks promising, at RM 699 for 2TB. You don’t need a notebook to transfer your files now, just pop that SD Card (sorry, no CF) to the drive and let it do the job while you use another SD card to capture moments. For that price, you’re not just paying for a storage space but a wire-less connectivity device because it also functions as a Wi-Fi hub to share an Internet connection with multiple devices.