EVERYTHING seems to be turning wireless these days and it's probably none too soon, either.
One glimpse at the test-station here in the lab and it looks like tentacles have taken hold with all the power cords, usb cables and audio leads.
Western Digital seems to be aware of this and has come out with the WD My Passport Wireless Pro. At face value it's a 2 or 3 TB external disk ($389 and $449 respectively) that connects to devices through a built-in 802.11ac wi-fi hotspot.
The wireless connection is smooth, quick, and ideal for use on the go with portable devices like cameras and smartphones.
The inclusion of a built-in SD 3.0 card reader would seem to suggest the Wireless Pro's primary use-case is going to be the media-hungry content producer who's streaming and saving enormous image and video files while out on location.
Further proof is the 6,300 mAh power bank built into the device, allowing you to charge your gadgets on the move.
And this is a good thing. Those users demand a lot from their gadgets and knowing that the Wireless Pro was built with them in mind says a lot about how versatile and capable the unit will actually be.
For those like me who do prefer a physical connection, there is a cable so you can just plug on into your PC and go. Sadly despite all the great kit on the rest of the device, this is only a USB 2.0 cable, meaning you're not going to see blistering transfer speeds whichever way you hook up.
We filled the 2TB version up with raw footage from several photo shoots and charged the battery to full before setting everything to transfer. We kept it transferring all day and got just over 10 hours of battery life - just like it says on the tin.
They're certainly expensive, but these aren't throw-away devices, and they have the features to justify the 'pro' tag.