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.