Western Digital announces a wireless hard drive that photographers will love

by Felix Esser

posted Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM EDT

Western Digital's My Passport hard drives have always been a convenient means of dumping masses of information such as photos from a digital camera, whether as a backup device at home or for safe storage on the go. With the new My Passport Wireless, things get even more convenient for photographers.

The drive, which comes in sizes of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB, not only lets you write and read data wirelessly thanks to two built-in Wireless N antennae, it also comes with an SD card slot that lets photographers quickly and easily dump their photos while they're on assignment. Alternatively, photos can be transmitted wirelessly with cameras that support WiFi.

After a shoot, the My Passport Wireless can, of course, transfer all your data wirelessly to your computer, or back it up in the cloud using WD’s My Cloud app which also integrates with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. Alternatively, the drive also sports an old-fashioned USB 3.0 connection for those cases where you need higher transfer speeds (which would makes sense when handling gigs and gigs of data.)

But that's by far not all the drive can do. It can also be used as a media hub, supporting DLNA and UPnP compatible devices such as game consoles and TVs. It can also be used as a WiFi hub that lets you share your internet connection with multiple devices, and it can be connected to eight devices simultaneously allowing each one read and write access.

Prices for the Western Digital My Passport Wireless start at US$130 for the 500 GB version, maxing out at $220 for the 2 TB drive. The drives are available now.

(via Digital Trends)