March 2012 Ian Chiu
Every time a manufacturer makes a breakthrough in hard drive capacity, it would first roll out a USB 3.0 version first. Now Western Digital is introducing the world’s first 2TB 2.5″ drive to My Passport Essential SE, putting it ahead of Seagate which as of this writing has only been producing 1.5TB. The fresh new enclosure’s polycarbonate exterior with soft elastomer cushion lining is designed to be both fingerprint- and scratch-resistant.
Besides the facelift and 5 different color choices, the new WD My Passport Essential SE 2TB operates at 5400 rpm. For backup purposes, this should be more than enough when coupled with USB 3.0 interface. Other noteworthy features include 256-bit AES hardware encryption; and SmartWare backup software that takes care of all three backup strategies (full, incremental and differential). Retail availability is expected around mid-April and the 2TB has an asking price of $249.99. Incidentally, there’s also the new 1.5TB with a MSRP of $199.99.