In the WD My Passport Edge portable drive, Western Digital delivers a drive with a solid combination of looks and performance, and throws an excellent software bundle to go with it.

The 500GB Western Digital My Passport Edge is thinner and more attractive than the standard WD My Passport, but it can't compete with the Seagate Slim Portable Drive 500GB in either regard.

The WD My Passport Edge is an excellent performer and sports a nice software utility bundle, but it isn't available in larger capacities.

Speed tests

The My Passport Edge fell a mere 03.MBps shy of the regular My Passport in overall performance - in essence that's a statistical tie. With a 10GB mix of files and folders, the WD My Passport Edge read at 60.3MBps, and wrote at 48.5MBps. With our single large 10GB file, performance climbed to 112.6MBps reading and 104.2MBps writing.

WD includes its PC/Mac SmartWare software bundle with the WD My Passport Edge. This includes drive-level password protection, secure erase, drive testing, SMART status, sleep-timer adjustment, and backup. It's easy to use and attractive. If 500GB covers your needs, the My Passport Edge is probably the best combination of looks, performance and portability among the drives available out now.

OUR VERDICT

The Edge adds good looks and better transportability to the My Passport line. It's fast, but tops out at 500GB instead of the 2TB available with the non-Edge My Passport.