W.D. My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB Blue USB 3.0

 

Introduction

Western Digital Corporation also known as Western Digital is one of the largest computer storage device manufacturers in the world. The company was founded on 23 April 1970, in Irvine, California, USA called General Digital, subsequently changing its name to Western Digital Corporation.

 

Official product link:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1290

Packaging and accessories

The My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB Blue model comes packaged in a blue box with silver accents.
The front side of the packaging is half transparent, thus presenting the product. On the top part we find printed both the name & logo of the manufacturer and the name of the product.

 

On the sides of the packaging there are listed the features of the product.

 

On the back side of the packaging we find a quick overview of the product.

Accessories

The product comes with the following accessories:
– 1x Manual
– 1x USB 3.0 Cable
– 1x Warranty Guide

 

Specifications

Brand: Western Digital
Color: Blue
Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 1.9 cm
Item Weight: 163 g
Capacity: 1 TB
Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0
Operating Specifications:
USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s (max)
Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C
Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C
System Compatibility: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or higher.

 

 

Visual inspection

The My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1 TB uses a metal and plastic case. The front side has a circular brushed metal design, also on the right top corner we find the logo of the manufacturer.

 

The sides feature the same material and finish as the front side, also the edges of the Hard Disk are smooth.

 

On the left side we find the connector for the included USB 3.0 cable. To the right of the connector we find a small white activity LED.

 

The back side has a simplistic look, the case being made out of plastic. Here we find both the name of the product series and a label with additional info for the Hard Disk.

 

Software

The My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1 TB model is accompanied by several Western Digital pieces of software: WD Drive Utilities, WD Security and WD SmartWare.
These programs help the user to configure and safely back up the data on the Drive.

 

Testing

To test the Hard Disk the following software was used: ATTO Disk Benchmark, HD Tune Pro 5.60, Crystal DiskMark 5.0.2. In order to obtain a precise result each test was performed three times.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

 

Crystal DiskMark 5.0.2

 

HD Tune Pro

 

Temperature

 

Final thoughts

The My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB Blue USB 3.0 model stands out thanks to its unique look and its performance. This Hard Drive is available in two storage capacities: 1TB and 2TB, both versions featuring USB 3.0 connectivity.
The Software suite included in the package is a welcomed addition for every type of user offering important functions & information about the Hard Drive.
In conclusion, this Hard Disk is a good choice for anyone looking for a portable & solid storage device with good performance.

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