Western Digital has launched a new lineup of storage products targeted towards photographers and videographers called the WD Pro series. The new lineup targets creative users who handle heavy loads of data on the field and aims to ease the burden these users face when it comes to cross-device data transfer.
My Passport Wireless Pro
First in the lineup is the My Passport Wireless Pro external hard drive, a Wi-Fi enabled portable storage device that features a slew of tethered connections. Cameras with built-in Wi-Fi can take advantage of the wireless transfer the drive provides, but those without the feature are far from being left out.
The USB type-A port on the My Passport Wireless Pro allows you to easily connect your camera or phone and a type-B port is also present for connecting it to your computer. The type-A port also allows the drive to act as a power bank and charge up your devices after a day’s use.
The My Passport Wireless Pro utilises 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and there’s even an SD 3.0 card slot for fast and easy transfer of files. The drive has a 6400mAh battery that WD claims is able to last up to 10 hours of use while using the device’s battery-saver mode. Heavy use will of course see much shorter times. The My Passport Wireless Pro comes in 2TB and 3TB capacities but we’ll only be getting the bigger 3TB model in Malaysia.
My Cloud Pro NAS
The other device launched under the WD Pro line is the My Cloud Pro network attached storage (NAS). If the My Passport Wireless Pro is the device you bring with you on the field, the My Cloud Pro is the one that stays at home or in the studio.
The My Cloud Pro comes in two flavours: 2-bay or 4-bay variants. The number of bays determine the number of hard drives you can install on the drive, thus increasing storage space when you need it. The 4-bay variant also has an extra built-in display that shows the status of the device and the drives within it.
The My Cloud Pro features a hardware accelerated video processor that transcodes content, including 4K video for a smoother streaming experience. There’s also the one touch backup button that allows you to instantly backup your files once your devices are connected at the press of a button.
Both of these new devices are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud for photo and video editing, along with Plex Media Server compatibility for content streaming on-the-go. Western Digital have also improved the My Cloud storage companion app, enabling photos to be exported to your phone’s camera roll for immediate editing or sharing.
The WD Pro Series is out now with the My Passport Wireless Pro retailing for RM1,099 for the 3TB version. The My Cloud Pro NAS on the other hand, retails for RM1,759 for the diskless base model and goes up to RM7,999 for the 32TB 4-bay model.