If you’ve ever bought a hard drive you might have come across Western Digital. Its My Passport lineup of external hard drives is quite popular in part due to their affordability and reliability. Interestingly, the company hasn’t been in a rush to come out with a portable solid state drive, the storage solution preferred by those who are willing to spend more money for better performance. It’s rectifying that today.

Enter the new My Passport SSD. Part of its popular My Passport lineup, the new SSD looks similar to Western Digital’s other My Passport hard drives that recently got a new look. However, since this is an SSD, it’s shrunk down and offers data transfer speeds of up to 515 MB/s.

It’s not surprising at all that Western Digital is just now coming out with a portable SSD. The company acquired SanDisk last year and one of the reasons that it did that was to expand its footing in the solid state storage market. The company already has a lineup of internal SSDs.

The My Passport SSD is more in touch with the times as well since it doesn’t have the USB 3.0 Micro USB-B port like its siblings. It comes with a USB Type-C port and does ship with a USB Type-A adapter for those who don’t have a device with a USB Type-C port.

Western Digital is selling the My Passport SSD in three flavors. The 1TB, 512GB and 256GB flavors cost $399.99, $199.99, and $99.99 respectively. They’re available for purchase starting today.

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