WD has been in the business of making external storage solutions about as long as external storage has been around. The company has also been wrapping its storage tech into products like media players for a while now.
Were you waiting to get your new WD My Passport Essential external hard drive? Did you think that the standard black, silver, and white models were just way too boring to put on your desk? If that sounds about right, then you're in luck, because Western Digital is getting ready to launch a brand new series of the devices, with that coveted "limited edition" title tacked on for good measure.
Netflix is just about everywhere you'd want it to be at this point. Even the mobile scene. So don't consider us all that surprised that it's just shown up on yet another box, with access to your full Netflix library. Western Digital has officially announced the availability of their TV Live Plus HD Media Player (which is much like their previous TV Live HD, but with a plus sign), and if you're interested in all sorts of cool features, then take a look after the break for what it's bringing to the table, plus that release date and pricing we know you care so much about.
I'm not a big fan of Mac computers for myself, but I won't deny that the machines have a sexy design with the aluminum enclosure and minimalist looks. The Mac world has its own peripherals and accessories to go along with its file system and Western Digital has announced a new external storage solution pre-formatted for Mac users.
Western Digital have updated their high-performance VelociRaptor hard-drive range with another, even larger SATA 6 Gb/s model. The WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s spins at 10,000rpm and has a whopping 32MB cache, and the company reckon it's up to 15-percent faster than the previous generation of drive. That's despite not using any more power than its predecessor required.
Hot on the heels of Toshiba's double-platter 750GB 2.5-inch hard-drive comes Western Digital's retort, the WD Scorpio Blue 750GB. Intended for notebooks, the 3Gb/s SATA drive spins at 5,400rpm and has 8MB of cache; Western Digital are also pushing their WhisperDrive technology that, they claim, reduces both noise and power consumption.
Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage. The company offers internal hard drives for consumer and enterprise computers along with a full line of external storage solutions for a myriad of uses like the My Passport Studio unveiled earlier this month. WD has now unveiled another new addition to its external line up called the My Passport AV.
Western Digital have outed a new portable hard-drive, the My Passport Studio, and like the My Book Studio before it they've slapped on a super-frugal E Ink panel to show drive status details. Available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities, the My Passport Studio has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections and comes ready formatted for use with a Mac.
I mentioned yesterday that the Western Digital WD TV Live media player had turned up at Best Buy. Today Western Digital went official with the new media player and offered up the full laundry list of specifications for the device. The most important feature is that the media player supports 1080p video.
After spending most of Friday curled in a ball twitching and drooling after losing power and Internet access for almost 12 hours, I am glad to be back online and in the 21st century again. Just in time to hunker down and dose myself with a nice helping of week in review for your perusal. Chris reviewed the GSM Palm Pre and found the camera wasn't as good as some of its peers but found plenty to like in the end. The webOS operating system stands apart from rival OS'. Buffalo announced the HD-HU3 USB 3.0 drive and controller that will be shipping in Japan this month. The drive isn’t even that expensive; I hope it comes to America too.