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A Roundup of Wireless Hard Drives

While working from home or on the road, have you ever looked at your computer or bag o’ gear and thought to yourself “I wish I had more wired peripherals and cords in order to create even more of a tangled mess?” Neither have I. In fact, aside from endeavoring to keep a neat and tidy workspace and a well-organized travel bag, I’m always looking for ways to further reduce clutter and travel more efficiently, which brings us to the topic at hand – wireless hard drives and storage devices. While the term “wireless hard drive” may sound very straightforward, they have evolved to be much more than just a hard drive that doesn’t require a wired connection, and you’ll want to pay attention to the specifics of each unit to see what best suits your needs.

WD’s My Passport Wireless SSD can be used to back up photos, videos, and other important files from a variety of devices, including cameras, drones, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices using its SD card slot and one-touch copy button. File transfers can also be doing using the My Cloud mobile app for iOS and Android, or use WD’s web interface if you’re using a desktop or notebook. If you’re using non-SD media, a USB 3.0 Type-A port allows for external card readers. An integrated battery lasts for up to 10 hours and not only powers the My Passport, but also provides up to 1.5A of power for device charging via the USB 3.0 Type-A port. Available with storage capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, the My Passport Wireless features large storage capacities with speedy file transfers thanks to its SSD media and 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, which also allows for streaming 4K content to up to eight devices. The My Passport can create a wireless hotspot for network access, or if you do want to directly connect it to your host system, there is a micro-USB 2.0 port.

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