Ultra-portable SSD drives with blazing-fast transfer speeds and extremely small and compact factor that literally fits in the palm of your hand seem to be the next big thing when it comes to flash-based external storage solutions. The latest iteration of My Passport SDD by Western Digital not only perfectly fits the above criteria but is also one of the very first portable drives of this type that comes equipped with the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface.
On top of that, it’s USB 3.0, 2.0 and USB-A backward compatible so that you can utilize it in conjunction with your older devices that still support these legacy ports. Now, let’s take a quick look at the performance of this small and lightweight, yet extremely powerful and efficient portable drive.
To get a better idea of the real-world performance of the WD My Passport SDD, Hardware Canucks decided to put the drive to a bunch of extensive benchmark tests to find out how does it stack up against the Samsung T3 and PNY rivals that come equipped with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 interface respectively. All of the three benchmark tests below clearly show that the WD contender performs slightly faster than its counterparts by reaching transfer speeds of up to 495MB/s.
The results were even more impressive when it comes to a real-world transfer of 47GB of 4K video files where the WD Passport SSD managed to complete the task in less than two minutes whereas the Samsung T3 was almost two times slower when performing the same task.
Beyond that, the latest generation My Passport SSD is also password protected providing hardware-based encryption that helps users to keep their content secure. The unit is both Mac and PC compatible plus it’s built to withstand a drop of up to 6.5 feet (1.98 meters). The included WD Backup software, on the other hand, makes it easy to automatically back up high-capacity files to the drive itself. The WD My Passport SSD comes in three different versions providing 256 GB, 512GB, and 1TB selling for $99, $179 and $359 respectively all backed by a 3-Year Limited Warranty.
Considering it’s overall built quality and speed performance, it’s safe to say that the brand new My Passport SDD external drive is indeed one of the fastest flash-based portable drives you can currently get that not only takes advantage of the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface but also provides reliable performance and 256-bit encryption for protecting your data as extra features. On top of that, users will get a small Type-C to Type-A adapter along with the Type-C to Type-C cable for further convenience and flexibility which makes the latest My Passport SSD even more versatile high-performance external SSD.