Western Digital has long been making some of our favorite external hard drives, but we have to admit their design looks a little boring. You may ask why an external drive needs to look cool, which is fair, although we would offer “why not?” in response. Doesn’t matter which side of the debate you fall on today, though, because WD has gone and done it — they’ve refreshed their My Book, My Passport, and My Passport for Mac drives with fresh and colorful new designs that should look a lot better on desks.
The drives themselves haven’t changed much, which is great, because we don’t think WD had much they needed to change about their drives. This is mostly a cosmetic change, and a welcome one. The mobile My Passport and desktop My Book drives now have the same design, and are available in black, yellow, red, white, orange or blue, instead of the plain drives WD has always sold until now. WD worked together with a design firm called fuseproject, which was founded by design guru Yves Behar. The new design sees sweeping diagonal ridges along the bottom half of the drive, with a smooth glossy top half. They’re a lot more fashionable, and great for anyone who wants anything and everything on their desk or in their tech backpack to both work great and look great.
WD has also made password protection and hardware encryption standard features for the My Book and My Passport drives, with the latter getting 256-bit AES encryption. Otherwise, we can expect the same hardware as was in the previous generation of drives.
The new drives are available now from Western Digital, with My Passport and My Book drives starting at $80 and $130, respectively, with price increasing for higher capacity drives. My Passport drives are available in up to 4 TB capacities, while My Book drives max out at 8 TB. All of them still come with a two-year warranty from WD.