Hands on with Western Digital's My Passport Elite


Hot off the assembly line is Western Digital’s latest submission into the portable HDD world, the My Passport Elite. And Elite it is. Shedding the generic white and black plastic shells for a more sophisticated soft-touch plastic shell is the Elite’s visual beacon by which you can differentiate it from the rest of the pack. Our titanium version is reminiscent of brushed aluminum and looks mighty fancy. It also comes in bronze, Westminster blue and cherry red. Enough about looks. Does the Elite have the brains to match its looks?

Why yes, it does. The USB powered drive weighs in at less than 5 ounces and comes in 250GB or 320GB flavors. The capacity gauge located next to the USB port has four LEDs to show much space is left on the drive. When the drive isn’t being used you can slide the tiny door shut and keep the dust from piling into the USB port. The usual standard faire is installed like: automatic/continuous backup for user designated files, 128-bit encryption, MioNet, and a 5-year limited warranty. You can even connect to your Xbox 360 or PS3 to view pictures and play music or videos on your TV.

The My Passport Elite is available now from select retailers or from WD’s online store. The 250GB version retails for $170 while the 320GB comes in at $200.

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