CES 2018 Awards: WD’s SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Takes Best Storage of CES Award

At CES 2018 this week, Western Digital unveiled a few new SSDs, including the WD My Passport Wireless SSD and the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, which garnered our Best Storage of CES 2018 award.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is intended to be used for saving and editing hi-res videos and photos on the go. It’s listed to have read speeds up to 550MB/s and has capacities available up to 2TB. It also has a IP55 rating, meaning is should be able to withstand all the rain, splashes and dust you may come across during your shoots.

The Extreme Portable SSD works with both Windows and Mac and includes a USB 3.1 Type C connector, USB-C to Type-C cable and a Type-C to Type-A adapter.


The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD comes in capacities up to 2TB and is priced between $100 and $800. For impressive speeds and durability at an affordable price and convenient size, we're happy to award the title of Best Storage of CES 2018 to the new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD.

For more information, go to SanDisk.com.

WD My Passport Wireless SSD

The big pitch with the My Passport Wireless is that it’s not just a storage drive for cameras, but also for drones. With that in mind, it has to be portable, since you’re aerial videography almost always takes place on location. Luckily, WD says that the My Passport Wireless is ready for on-the-go use, featuring a one touch copy button that lets you backup your files with either its SD card reader (which can read up to 65MB/s) or integrated USB port without needing a laptop or software.


When using its USB 3.0 port, you can expect to see read speeds of up to 390MB/s. Also, WD says the My Passport Wireless SDD can create its own 802.11ac WiFi connection, giving you the option to connect to your drive to save files and also stream 4K video on your phone or table with the My Cloud app.

It’s battery lasts up to 10 hours and can be used as a power bank (6,700 mAH) to charge your devices, providing up to 1.5A of power when turned off. (It’ll be 0.9A if it’s turned on.)


And with its SSD interior covered with an exterior protective bumper, WD says that your data will be safe from shock, vibrations and drops up to 1 meter.

There’s also the option to connect the My Passport Wireless to the FiLMiC Pro mobile camera to capture footage while saving it directly to the My Passport Wireless SSD. You can also import your connect from the My Passport Wireless SSD to LumaFusion, which is a video and effects editor for Iphones and iPads.

The WD My Passport Wireless SSD comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, costing $229, $299, $499, and $799. To learn more, go to WDC.com.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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