External hard drives: super handy, but oh-so-slow, especially since Apple put a bullet in the back of FireWire’s head. Thankfully, Western Digital has once again come to the rescue with a neat new addition to its My Passport line of portable drives: The Edge.
These new versions not only look way more high-tech than the previous curvy plastic models, they also support MacBook-friendly USB 3.0.
Thunderbolt is great but let’s face it: nobody will use it except video pros and photographers, and luddites desperate to keep an Ethernet or FirewWire connection on their Retina MacBook Pro. Everyone else will stick with USB.
The Edge comes in an aluminum enclosure to match your Mac (you can opt for the non-aluminum PC version and save $10), and “features” the annoying WD SmartWare backup software, which — if it’s like previous versions of the My Passport line — can’t be removed.
The drives come in 500GB capacity, are bus powered and cost $120, which is about right for a drive of this size. And the 1980s-stylings are enough to get me thinking I need to buy yet another backup drive.