Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:51

WD Passport Pro – Wi-Fi storage on the go

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It’s an external 2 or 3TB hard disk. It has a 10-hour battery. It has Wi-Fi AC dual band, an SD card, and USB connectivity. It has a Plex media server. It has everything a person on the go needs.

Global storage manufacturer WD has released its My Passport Wireless Pro, its most flexible external hard disk. It is designed for reliable back-up on the go for power users like photographers, artists, business, and anyone who creates large files.

Simon Whitford, senior sales manager for ANZ, summed it up, “It is for offload, edit, stream – anywhere.”

He spoke of some usage scenarios. One was a Plex media streaming device where audio and video content could be shared – up to four HD streams and two 4K streams. “Great for the kids on a long trip – give them an iPad each and let the Pro stream to them. It’s the first portable storage with Plex.”

Daniel Linnet, a professional photographer, and a Canon Master, spoke of its use for photographers and videographers. In essence, a Wi-Fi equipped camera can transmit shots to the Pro (or read the SD card), and these can be edited using a tablet on-site before posting to social media or the client. It sped up his workflow enormously and reduced the weight he had to carry.

Whitford said the Pro was the culmination of feedback from the previous My Passport Wireless, in particular the Wi-Fi Direct connect to a device like a camera supported Internet bridging to a router.

Specifications

  • Size/cost: The 2TB is A$389 and the 3TB is $449. Uses WD Blue drives with exFAT file system for macOS and Windows.
  • Wi-Fi AC, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 1 x 1 simultaneous support.
  • Acts as Wi-Fi Direct to up to eight devices, as a Wi-Fi storage device connected to a home network (NAS), or as a Wi-Fi Hotspot/Router to distribute Wi-Fi signal to up to eight devices.
  • Realtek ARMv7 dual Cortex A7 processor and 512MB RAM.
  • 6400 mAh battery that can also act as a power bank. Will last for 10-hours’ continuous stream at 720p.
  • SD 3.0 Card slot and auto-copy function. Up to 65/40MBps read/write.
  • USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 OTG port with 5V, 1.5A output.
  • 5V/2.1A power adapter and USB.30 cable – can be USB bus powered as a DAS.
  • Plex Media server that will transcode to different video formats if required.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud connected.
  • My Cloud app compatible for remote access, FTP.
  • Optional hard or neoprene cases.

iTWire has not reviewed this device yet – this is a first looks article only.

WD WiFI Pro

WD also announced the My Cloud Pro series of NAS devices. These will be covered in another article.


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