WD My Passport SSD (2020) Review

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WD’s latest round of redesigns has spread all the way through its portable storage lineup, replacing the bold, bright, sharp design-led identity with rounded edges, muted colours, and simpler plastic bodies. Whimsy has provided way to practicality, which you might or is probably not in favour of. The newest reimagined storage device is the WD My Passport SSD (2020), but in this case, the changes are not solely cosmetic. You get a immense bump in hardware specifications and speeds, keeping WD’s portable SSD lineup current and competitive. Here is a review of the brand new WD My Passport SSD (2020).

WD My Passport SSD (2020) design and features

The older two-tone metal-and-plastic design might have been fairly impractical with its sharp corners and overall bulk, but it looked and felt very contemporary and premium. Now, you get a a lot more biological body, shaped quite like a thin bar of soap. It’s much flatter than before, with rounded sides and corners that make for an easy grip. This device will be comfortable in your hand in addition to your pocket. It weighs only 45.7g.

The body is made of metal and there is a swirly ridged sample on the front in addition to the rear. The USB Kind-C port is off-centre on the behind and there is no activity LED. The raised WD logo feels rough and looks slightly garish, but differently this can be a simple, sober design that will fit in anywhere. You have a choice between Space Grey, Nighttime Blue, and Gold. A red version seems to be to be had in other countries, but is not listed here.

The WD My Passport SSD (2020) weighs 45.7g

 

Unlike some other portable SSDs (including models from Western Digital’s other brands, SanDisk and G-Technology), there is no waterproofing or other form of protection from the elements. WD does mention shock and vibration resistance, which are inherent to SSDs, plus drop resistance for falls from up to 1.98m in height.

Possibly unsurprisingly, the My Passport SSD (2020) is very similar in shape and size to the SanDisk Extreme V2 portable SSD, but doesn’t have an integrated take care of, ruggedised coating, or IP rating.

You get a very short USB Kind-C cable in the box, with a Kind-C to Kind-A adapter for broad compatibility. As we famous with the preceding incarnation of the My Passport SSD, such an adapter is technically outdoor the official USB specification and so the cable and adapter both have notches to ensure they are used with every other. That does not physically stop you from the use of all of the cable, plus adapter, with another device though. This will have to be have shyed away from, because some devices wish to negotiate such things as how much power is sent from one side to another, which cannot happen through a legacy USB port when such an adapter is used.

WD My Passport SSD (2020) price, specifications and performance

The biggest upgrade comes from using an NVMe SSD and bridge slightly than the older SATA protocol. WD claims read and write speeds of 1050MBps and 1000MBps respectively – precisely the same as the Samsung SSD T7 Touch, and in line with the Sandisk Extreme Pro. You’ll be able to need a PC with a USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps) or Thunderbolt 3 port as a way to harness such speed.

The new My Passport SSD (2020) is to be had in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, priced officially at Rs. 8,999, Rs. 15,999, and Rs. 28,999 respectively. They’re exclusive to Amazon all the way through the festive sale period, and actual prices are rather a bit lower. They’ll be to be had offline from mid-November. 

There is a USB Kind-C port on the behind but no status LED

 

WD has implemented 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The company offers rather numerous free software that you’ll be able to download, including the capable Drive Utilities for general maintenance, WD Backup to establish simple backup routines, and WD Security to establish encryption with a password. You’re also encouraged to install WD Discovery, which is totally unnecessary and only exists to serve up ads and promotions for WD.

The 1TB review unit we’re testing today used to be formatted to exFAT by default. This works cross-platform, but in case you are planning to use Time Machine on a Mac, you can wish to reformat the drive to HFS+ (or no less than partition and format some of it). Windows’ Disk Management console reported 931.48GB of usable space.

All tests were run on an HP Spectre x360 13 laptop as a result of its Thunderbolt 3 ports. CrystalDiskMark 6 reported sequential read and write speeds of 913.9Mbps and 924.9Mbps respectively, which isn’t too far below WD’s official claim. More realistic random read and write speeds were 154.1Mbps and 163.8MBps respectively. While good by portable SSD standards, the My Passport SSD (2020)’s scores lag rather a way at the back of what the Samsung SSD T7 Touch and SanDisk Extreme Pro were ready to succeed in. The Anvil benchmark managed read and write scores of 2,186.6 and 1,921.12, for an overall score of 4,107.72.

The shell of the WD My Passport SSD (2020) did get rather warm when benchmarks were running and when large batches of files were being copied up and down in testing. This should not be much of a problem in on a regular basis use, and there’s nothing else to complain approximately.

You get a small USB Kind-C cable with a Kind-A adapter

 

Judgement

Whether you like bold, edgy design and products that make a observation, the new WD My Passport might be a bit of a disappointment. It looks unassuming and pedestrian in comparison to its predecessor; more like a bar of soap than a high-end tech product. Possibly this can be a signifier that portable SSDs are not just way of life accessories for only those who can manage to pay for them anymore, but are now perfectly mainstream commodity products.

The emerging new class of NVMe portable SSDs brings almost twice the speed of previous-gen SATA models. Samsung still has the performance virtue, but WD is not too far at the back of now. Other than speed, you will have to make a choice your SSD based on if you prioritise features such as AES encryption and ruggedisation. SSDs are also routinely discounted below their official MRPs, so whether you do find a great deal on the WD My Passport SSD (2020) and it meets your requirements, you should not hesitate to select one up.

WD My Passport SSD (2020)
Price (MOP): 

Rs. 6,999 (500GB)
Rs. 12,999 (1TB)
Rs. 24,999 (2TB)

Pros

NVMe-based, good read and write speeds  Good value for money Compact and light

Cons

Gets a bit warm when stressed No IP rating

Ratings

Performance: 4.5 Value for Money: 4.5 Overall: 4.5

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