It's not often I buy something the second it comes out, I'm more of a wait and see kind of guy, but when I saw the Western Digital wireless hard drive I thought to myself, yup, I'm having one of those.
In short its a 1TB [also in other sizes] wireless hard drive that can connect to 8 devices at once, but the real clinch for me is the built in SD card reader, and whats more this is one of those products that just works, no messing about.
I had wanted to get something like this to speed up my workflow, I'm all about streamlining and had wanted a solution to my storage of images from a wedding that would mean when I got home I could go to bed and not spend the next hour backing up SD cards. The two things I considered were this drive and the Lexar hub, which can read 4 cards at once, I decided to go for the passport as it would allow me to back up on the move and when home just pull all the images straight off there, no wires.
Here's why I like it:
Small - Fits in my pocket and slips into a camera bag.
Light - Not a burden
Simple - Set to auto back up SD cards and just works
Cheap - at £130 its better than the same price for the Lexar hub and you get a drive out of it
Multiple uses - I'll be using this to back up cards on the go and have a less labor intensive import procedure [I don't think it will be faster than directly copying the SD cards but its a kind of leave it and sleep sort of thing]. I'll also use it to direct stream data onto other devices, I'm hoping for a slick function of having various portfolios on it then picking them up with the iPad to show clients.
Thats it really for this review, overall it seems like this is going to be really great product and a worthwhile timesaver/backup, I'll update this blog as I use it more and see how it pans out in the field.