Western Digital has introduced a new WD My Passport SSD that can achieve speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s via USB 3.2 Gen 2. For this purpose, the housing has been redesigned so that it not only looks more modern but should also be more robust.
There are now a number of external SSDs that, thanks to USB 3.2 Gen 2, achieve read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s, such as the Samsung T7 (from $79.99 on Amazon) or the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD (from $104 on Amazon), now Western Digital is also expanding its offer.
The new WD Passport SSD achieves a sequential read speed of up to 1,050 MB/s and a write speed of up to 1,000 MB/s. The connection to the computer is either via USB-C or USB-A, in order to benefit from the speed, however, the port must support USB 3.2 Gen 2.
The housing, which measures 10 x 5.5 x 0.9 centimeters, is quite compact and should withstand falls from a height of up to 1.98 meters without any problems, the My Passport WD SSD supports 256-bit AES hardware encryption, which can be set up using the pre-installed WD My Passport software. The SSD is compatible with both macOS and Windows.
Price and availability
The new WD My Passport SSD is now available to buy from Amazon.com in Blue, Gray, Red, and Gold in three versions: For 500 GB of storage, we have to pay $119.99, the version with 1 TB of storage costs $199.99, the top model with a capacity of 2 TB costs $379.99. The manufacturer grants a five-year guarantee, the scope of delivery includes a USB-C cable and an adapter for USB-A ports.
Last week, Crucial has also expanded its portfolio with the X6 Portable SSD drive with high mechanical strength, measuring 11 x 69 x 64 mm, weighing 42 g, withstand drops from a height of up to 2 m. It also does not care about vibration, cold, and heat.