CES 2018: Western Digital Debuts New WD and SanDisk SSDs and Flash Drive

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Western Digital is introducing several new products under both its WD and SanDisk brands, including new SSDs, software updates, and an ultra small flash drive.

    The new WD My Passport Wireless SSD features wireless connectivity to allow customers to transfer photos captured on devices like drones or cameras without the need for a cable.


    It features a rugged enclosure, read speeds of up to 309MB/s, 10 hour battery life, and a built-in SD card reader, making it a solid choice for on-the-go usage.

    The My Passport Wireless SSD also has a one-touch transfer button to initiate content transfers, and it serves as a power bank for charging your devices with an integrated 6,700mAh battery. It's available in 250GB to 2TB capacities, with pricing ranging from $229 for the 250GB model to $800 for the 2TB model.

    Under its SanDisk brand, Western Digital is introducing the USB-C SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, a small pocket-sized SSD with capacities up to 2TB and 550MB/s read speeds. It has an IP55 rating so it can stand up to splashes, light rain, and dust when in use outdoors.

    Pricing for the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD starts at $99.99 for the 250GB version and goes up to $700 for the 2TB version.

    Along with the new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, Western Digital is debuting the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1, which it says is the world's smallest 256GB USB flash drive with read speeds of 130MB/s. There are several versions of the Ultra Fit, with the 16GB model priced at $22 and the highest-end 256GB model priced at $150. Western Digital also has a 1TB Ultra Fit prototype on display at CES.


    In addition to its new hardware products, Western Digital is announcing Smart Home media app integration that enables voice activation in its My Cloud Home. With the update, My Cloud Home can integrate with devices like Alexa and Chromecast.

    More information on Western Digital's new products can be found on the Western Digital and SanDisk websites.

    Article Link: CES 2018: Western Digital Debuts New WD and SanDisk SSDs and Flash Drive
  2. oldtime macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    That Sandisk Extreme is pretty hideous, but I kinda really want one...
  3. jroman macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Not a fan of the looks, but the idea is awesome!
  4. blake2 macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2013
    Pittsburgh PA
    Gahhh... still no news of M.2 3D 2TB SSD. I'm waiting for it to come anxiously.
  5. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    Stuff like that is why I'm patiently waiting to build my next PC.
  6. OverSpun macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2006
    Hmm... USB 3.1 Type A? Won't matter much for those who have the latest MBPs with USB 3.1 Type C ports unless... still dongleland. They should offer USB flash drives that simply flip to Type A & C like other products that already offer.
  7. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Game lights? Another VR headset? Yet another hard drive?? Not to sound snarky but this has got to be the most boring CES I’ve ever read about. The most interesting product is a faucet, for crying out loud.

    OK, that was snarky.
  8. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    Literally the only thing that has grabbed my interest is LG's short-throw 4K projector.
  9. glowplug macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2017
  10. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
  11. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    How about a SanDisk branded multi-card reader with a USB-C connector that reads CF cards at over 500 Mb/s and supports UHS-II SDXC Cards?
  12. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    i bought the Sandisk USB-C SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD yesterday. i got the 1 TB model.
    i reformatted it as soon as i got it to APFS (Encrypted).
    i chose this SSD as my Time Machine disk to back up to.

    this is the perfect solution for me.
    really good speeds (even though i am using it with the USB A type adapter that comes with it since my MacBook Air only has USB A).
    but this main im-ex port port is USB C so it is ready for my next machine i buy from apple.

    i have used and loved TimeMachine ever since it came out many years ago and although it was buggy for the 1st few years, its really a great backup product now. and with APFS its really quick.

    this Sandisk SSD is so small its hard to believe actually.
    really a great product.

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