We first noticed the newest era of My Passport exhausting drives on the IFA trade show in August final 12 months and have been shocked that Western Digital has ditched the somewhat eye-catching Yves Behar-inspired scalloped design that debuted in 2016 to a lot fanfare and spread throughout the corporate’s product portfolio.
Does the brand new WD My Passport lineup do something new or completely different, and does it matter which era you purchase? We’re going to seek out out.
WD My Passport (2019) 5TB design and options
WD tried to show transportable exhausting drives into dialog items with its 2016 redesign, executed by a high-profile exterior branding company. At the time, the corporate boasted that its drives would characterize “the intersection of our physical life and digital world”. Everything together with the packaging was given this funky hipster remedy. When we got our hands on one of those drives, we favored its persona however not the practicality – the corners have been sharp, and weight had elevated.
The new design looks like a whole 180-degree about-face. WD has seemingly trimmed as a lot weight and bulk as attainable, the corners and sides are rounded for simple pocketability, and it just about fades into the background. The drive nonetheless has a striped sample throughout half its entrance, nevertheless it’s far much less pronounced now. It matches the not too long ago launched My Passport Go sequence.
Even the variety of color choices has been halved – the distinctive yellow, orange and white are gone. While black, blue and crimson stay, they’re very muted. The plastic can be a uninteresting matte, which is extra utilitarian. The crimson and blue choices have two-tone finishes with black bases.
You have a alternative of capacities. The 1TB and 2TB variations are 11.15mm thick and weigh 120g, whereas the 4TB and 5TB variations are listed as 19.15mm thick and 210g in weight. For some motive, the best and lowest capability choices can be found solely in black. We’re reviewing a 5TB unit on this sequence, which is the best capability transportable exhausting drive we have seen from WD to date.
The official spec sheet makes no point out of knowledge switch pace. It does nevertheless promise 256-bit AES encryption, a three-year guarantee, and WD’s standard downloadable software program. The WD Backup instrument enables you to synchronise folders in your PC, WD Drive Utilities contains diagnostics and a safe erase instrument, and WD Security enables you to arrange encryption. On the drive itself, you will discover an installer for the WD Discovery desktop instrument which gives cloud and social media syncing instruments however reveals numerous promotional content material. We discovered this software program pointless and intrusive, and we might suggest ignoring it – our evaluation of the WD My Passport SSD has extra particulars.
WD has gone with a old style however extensively used Micro-USB 3.zero port on this drive, and it ships with solely a USB Type-A cable. There’s a tiny exercise LED subsequent to the port, which you’ll’t even see when the drive just isn’t plugged in.
The firm does additionally promote a My Passport for Mac model of this drive in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB capapcities. It has a darkish blue end and comes with an extra USB Type-C to Micro-B cable for newer Macs. This model is formatted to HFS+ by default and can work with Time Machine on MacOS with none modifications. You may also wish to contemplate the marginally greater priced My Passport Ultra which has a metallic exterior in silver or blue, and a USB Type-C port.
WD My Passport (2019) 5TB efficiency
A tough drive is not thrilling in 2020 and other people care much more about capability than efficiency. That stated, we nonetheless did check the brand new WD My Passport (2019) to see what it delivers. We used our normal check bench, constructed out of an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wifi motherboard, 2x8GB of G.talent DDR4 RAM, a 1TB Samsung SSD 860 Evo boot drive, a Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 graphics card, and a Corsair RM650 energy provide.
This drive arrives formatted to the NTFS file system by default, and we’d have most popular the extra fashionable ExFAT for cross-platform compatibility. The whole formatted capability was 4657.47GB.
CrystalDiskMark confirmed sequential learn and write speeds of 133.3MBps and 125.6MBps which is excellent for a tough drive. Peak random learn and write speeds have been a lot decrease in fact. The Anvil storage benchmark reported learn and write scores of 152.31 and 211.45 respectively for a complete of 363.76. Do remember the fact that these scores won’t apply to all of the capability fashions within the lineup.
Clearly you would not be getting the absolute best pace, however you do get round 5 occasions the space for storing as you’ll with a conveyable SSD on the identical worth. A tough drive continues to be the higher choice for bulk transfers and backups.
To put into context simply how a lot area 5TB is, you would retailer a million MP3 songs or pictures that occupy 5MB every, or roughly 2,500 hours’ value of HD video. For most individuals, that is greater than a lifetime’s value of knowledge, however there are some digital hoarders, content material creators, and professional customers who may use the area. Even with cloud companies, or if in case you have sufficient area in your PC, it is at all times a good suggestion to have bodily backups, significantly of your irreplaceable pictures and paperwork.
The WD My Passport (2019) gives large capability plus portability at a really affordable worth. It won’t be very attention-grabbing, however that is not prone to be a excessive precedence for many individuals. If you do have a watch for design although, the earlier era fashions are nonetheless accessible in retail. Also, whereas the 5TB capability is new with this lineup, you would possibly discover that the decrease capability variations are barely dearer than their older equivalents, and you do not lose something in any respect by saving some cash whereas shares final.
Prices (MOP): Rs. 9,400 (5TB); Rs. 8,100 (4TB); Rs. 5,400 (2TB); Rs. 3,700 (1TB)
- Compact and transportable
- Hardware encryption supported
- Very good worth for cash
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Performance: 4
- Value for Money: 4.5
- Overall: 4