Western Digital My Passport Elite 500GB review

A solid and stylish offering that shows the rest the way

  • £107
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Our Verdict

One of the most desirable portable harddrives on the market


  • Nice design. USB port cover


  • Included software

We feel the need to single out the Western Digital My Passport Elite as a true example of the genre done right. It's absolutely gorgeous, and perfectly exemplifies Western Digital's unique ability to make relatively bland products into wholly desirable items. It feels great in your hand, and it looks great dangling from a USB port.

Even though WD has clearly used similar materials to those of the Traveldrive, the package appears much more exclusive.

Western Digital engineers haven't just concentrated on style, though; the Passport Elite is one of the few 2.5in external drives we've seen that integrates a handy sliding cover for the USB port.

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Tech Specs

OS requirementsApple Mac OS 10 or later Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Vista
Drive speed5400
Cache size8
FeaturesSoft-touch finish / Capacity Gauge / USB Powered / Automatic backup / Remote access