Portable external drives have been shrinking in size, and the use of SSDs over the years is one of the reasons. WD’s latest My Passport SSD shrinks them further with its palm-sized form factor and promise of unfettered speed. But is the upgrade worth it? We find out.
The first and foremost thing to notice about the My Passport SSD is its size. It’s tiny, fits in one’s palm and is super lightweight. It’s not fat either, given the width is about 3-4 credit cards stacked together. The patterned metal enclosure looks premium along with the embossed logo and adds to durability too. WD says the My Passport SSD can withstand some amount of shock and vibration and is drop resistant to up to 6.5ft. WD probably wanted to keep things as clean as possible, which is why you will only find the USB Type-C port at the bottom of the drive. The drive does not have a status LED light that keeps you from knowing if the drive is connected or transferring any data. The only limitation with the metal chassis is that it gets hot when you are transferring data. It does not affect the drive’s performance, but the heat transference from the SSD inside the body is instant. WD bundles a small Type-C to Type C cable that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 and for wider compatibility, bundles a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter.
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