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Review: WD My Passport SSD (2020) 1TB

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 August 2020, 14:01

Tags: WD (NYSE:WDC)

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Performance and Conclusion

Moving on over to more general tests, we continue to see the manifest improvement over the older drive. It's debatable whether they can run faster if outfitted with the same USB 3.2 Gen-2 interface present here, but it's a moot point as they feature USB 3.2 Gen-1 which tops out at 5Gbps (circa-500MB/s in real-world tests).

Trying a more difficult test by moving a 93.8GB folder comprised of over 20,000 files ranging between 1KB and 6.9GB from the host Corsair Force Series MP600 2TB drive over to our two protagonists, the My Passport SSD 1TB completes the task over two minutes quicker.

Under prolonged load the internal temperature peaks at 55°C - which is very much on the safe side for SSDs - and results in the aluminium chassis becoming only mildly warm to the touch

Summary

...Performance is tasty enough to hit the GB/s barrier in large-file reads and get close to it on writes.

The latest iterations of portable external storage have moved the performance needle to the right by taking advantage of faster NVMe-based SSDs connected via USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-C. A good example is this year's WD My Passport SSD that's currently shipping in 500GB and 1TB flavours with a 2TB model to follow.

Performance is tasty enough to hit the GB/s barrier in large-file reads and get close to it on writes, representing about 2x the performance of older SSD-based USB drives. It's also very portable, naturally has access to WD's array of utilities, and will be available in different colours in due course.

It would be nice to have a longer Type-C cable in the box, a fingerprint-reader option would keep up with the Samsungs of this world, yet the biggest stumbling block is price. The recommended price of £222 for the reviewed 1TB model is at odds with the £175 for the rival Samsung T7 and also substantially higher than the ($190 ex tax, ~£175 inc. VAT) for the same drive over the pond.

Overall, the WD My Passport SSD (2020) 1TB is a supremely fast external drive that, in the UK at least, is compromised by an uncompetitive street price. Technically excellent, it would make far more sense at £175 or so.

The Good
 
The Bad
Up to 2TB capacity
Blistering speeds
USB Type-C and Type-A
Five-year warranty as standard
 
Heady price premium
USB Type-C cable rather short



WD My Passport SSD (2020) 1TB

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The WD My Passport SSD 1TB is available from wd.com.

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It would've been useful to see how this compared against the Samsung T5 or WD's existing My Passport entries.
Yeah lack of comparison to other drives is a bit annoying…

Also would have liked it shown against something we might ALL have, showing it next to an iPhone and saying it's smaller (well duh, it doesn't have a screen…) means absolutely nothing to me as I don't have one…. I do however have access to a 2.5inch external Hard drive, the thing this would be replacing.
LSG501
Yeah lack of comparison to other drives is a bit annoying…

Also would have liked it shown against something we might ALL have, showing it next to an iPhone and saying it's smaller (well duh, it doesn't have a screen…) means absolutely nothing to me as I don't have one…. I do however have access to a 2.5inch external Hard drive, the thing this would be replacing.

Does the picture on the second page not help frame its relative size?

https://hexus.net/media/uploaded/2020/8/59c0cc3c-d148-47ba-8081-e73d68277608.jpg
I just want to know, how many hoops you had to jump to get that drive to work with that particular brand of phone, CUZ it seem to me owners of that constantly have to do that to use that phone brand with anything not that brand.
Tarinder
Does the picture on the second page not help frame its relative size?

https://hexus.net/media/uploaded/2020/8/59c0cc3c-d148-47ba-8081-e73d68277608.jpg

Not really no (HP picture but still), because there is nothing ‘standardised’ there, it might be useful for those who have bought into the apple universe and tell you exactly what model that is and it's dimensions etc, but for those of us who haven't all I can do is make assumptions and it looks huge for a portable external ssd even though the dimension say it's basically slightly smaller than a 2.5inch hard drive. Keys and hands don't come in one size either, I can assume that the notepad is a5 but it's only partially shown.

If you truly want to get an ‘accurate’ representation of size show it next to something ‘everyone’ will have such as a business/bank card or even a full a5 notepad, something that has a ‘standard’ size to work from.