Western Digital Reveals Rugged Nomad Case For My Passport Drives - HotHardware
Western Digital Reveals Rugged Nomad Case For My Passport Drives

Western Digital Reveals Rugged Nomad Case For My Passport Drives

Rugged is the name of the game these days, particularly when it comes to portable hard drives. It seems as if every major company is now looking to put out a rugged drive, with their stamp of approval to boot. Western Digital is no different, and this week they're introducing the WD Nomad. It's actually a rugged case, which protects the company's popular My Passport line of devices. It's angled at photographers and outdoorsy folk who tend to drop and dent their equipment more often than not, and providing a case (as opposed to a fully encapsulated HDD) is certainly a new and appreciated twist.

The WD Nomad rugged case features a polycarbonate exterior and shock-absorbing elastomer cushion inside. It conforms to strict military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for ruggedness. The heavy-duty latch and silicon liner seal out dirt, dust, and moisture. The uniquely functional design includes an opening for the drive's USB connector, so the user can access the drive while it remains in the case. In addition, a molded exterior ring allows users to attach a carabiner, cable, or nylon strap for more convenient accessibility.


The new WD Nomad rugged case is compatible with My Passport drives including My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, My Passport Elite, My Passport for Mac, and My Passport SE for Mac, and can be purchased right away for $29.95.
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Give me a sledgehammer and we will see how rugged it is...or they could provide us with drop tests comparative to their rival competitors.

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Only $30 for this case that sounds like a great deal. Of course I agree with LBowen where is the proof... other than that it is tested to MIL-STD-810G standards. I know some of my co-workers (teachers) that could use something like this they are so rough on everything. Some of them are even worse than my students.

One thing is for sure I could not see carrying this thing on a carabiner.

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Would not mind seeing some actual independent testing .like Llbowen wacking it a bit and omegadraco and myself doing some drop tests.

Would not mind running a 'book' / point spread as in 25 drops or 10 solid whacks to see about getting the latch to open / drive pop out.Seriously the polycarbonate exterior and shock-absorbing elastomer are likely to go unscathed but what about the latch and USB port.?

at 29.00 that latch must stay shut ! and the enclosed HD must work ! with these 'Stress' tests done as sanely as possible. If so you got a winner WD at least for your drives.

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