CES 2018: Western Digital Announces Two Rugged Portable SSDs

Western Digital has launched a new range of rugged and portable SSDs. The Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD and My Passport Wireless SSD are designed to be used out in the field by “avid photographers and drone enthusiasts”.

Sandisk’s Extreme Portable SSD is a pocket-sized device, using USB-C connectivity for data transfers. It is encased in a durable housing that is rated IP55, so it is both dust and water resistant and can work in extreme conditions. On paper, it can function in temperatures as low as 0°C to as high as 45°C.

The Extreme Portable SSD supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with transfer speeds of up to 550MB/s. It comes in multiple storage sizes: 250GB, 500GB or 1TB with prices starting from US$ 100 (RM 400).

Meanwhile the WD My Passport Wireless SSD is an upgrade to the company’s previous offering, the WD My Passport Wireless Pro. Instead of platter-based drives, it now houses solid state drives for that extra ruggedness factor. It still features a SD-card slot, WiFi connectivity and a built-in battery that can now last up to 15 hours on a single charge.

The My Passport Wireless SSD comes in either 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB capacities with a sticker price starting from US$ 250 (RM 1,002). Both drives are expected to start shipping from the middle of February 2018.

(Source: Western Digital)














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