Western Digital announced today its latest in the My Passport family of portable drives, the My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives. Both drives are designed to work with a Mac out of the box and feature compact, elegant designs.
The new My Passport Studio, which is the update to the version released in 2010, now boasts an all-metal, scratch-resistant design and provides multiple connectivity options, including two FireWire 800 ports and a USB 2.0 port. The reason it doesn't feature USB 3.0 is simply because Mac computers don't offer this option. The drive also features encryption and password protection software and up to 1TB of storage.
The My Passport for Mac, on the other hand, offers just one USB 2.0 port. To make up for the lack of connectivity, it's housed in a much slimmer enclosure, compared with the other drive. WD says it's designed for Mac users who need high-capacity storage in an ultracompact and lightweight design, and makes a great companion for the MacBook Air, which is known to come with limited amount of internal storage space.
Both drives are preformatted for Mac and will work with Time Machine right out of the box. They can be reformatted easily to work with Windows, but since they lack USB 3.0, they are better suited for Mac.
The two drives are available now. The My Passport Studio comes in three capacities: 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, that are slated to cost $130, $160, and $180, respectively. The My Passport for Mac features 500GB and 750GB capacities that cost $100 and $120, respectively.
To find out more, check out CNET's full review of the new WD My Passport Studio.