Western Digital has been launching external hard drives in the Indian market at a regular. Now the company has announced its latest lineup of My Passport HDD in India that is 30 per cent smaller than the previous generation and feels very compact in hand. My Passport for Windows comes in three colours- Black, Blue, and Red, while the My Passport for Mac comes in a single Midnight Blue shade. The My Passport HDD drives are priced starting at Rs 4,499 for 1TB storage option and go up to Rs 10,999 for the maxed-out 5TB storage variant.
We reviewed the Red colour variant of the external hard drive with 2TB storage capacity — that comes in a combination of Red and Black colours and is priced at Rs 5,999. While My Passport has gained immense popularity among users, let’s find out how this external hard drive performed on our test.
Western Digital’s recently launched My Passport is a light-weighted and stylish looking external hard drive that comes in three colour variants — Black, Blue and Red. While the Black colour variant is available with all types of storage capacity, the Red and Blue options come only with the 2TB and 4TB models. On the front, you will find a company branding and wave-like pattern running on it. The back is completely Black with the same pattern. The top side of the external HDD has the USB Type-B port. The Red colour variant looks good and is a little flashy. The flashiness is making the external hard drive stand out in the crowd. It is sleek and can fit easily in your pocket. It comes with a USB 3.0 cable for faster data transfer capability.
The recently launched external hard drive is available in multiple storage options, which is a good space for people who do a lot of graphical work or store a lot of data, including photos, videos etc. My Passport is not an external SSD but an affordable external hard drive. This means that you cannot expect crazy read and write speeds that you usually get from SSDs. As the drive uses a USB Type-B port, users can also use the drive with a micro-USB cable lying around. However, that will slow things down as it will downgrade straight to USB 2.0 speeds. Overall, the performance is considered good and the company is giving 3 years warranty on this drive.
My Passport has focused more on storage capacity and its design. It might seem like an expensive option at the beginning. But its portability and safety features make the hard drive stand out in a crowd. It is worth the shiny penny. My Passport external hard drive brings a decent amount of performance with great design and trendy colour options. It does have its fair share of shortcoming too, which include the plastic build and the lack of a USB port. If you need extra storage to handle your digital photos, music, videos and any other personal or business-related documents and data, this unassuming little hard drive is a compelling option.