Several years ago I contacted WD about designing a product such as this as it would be a great accessory for photographers. When I saw the announcement of the Wireless Pro I couldn't wait to get one. However, that enthusiasm quickly diminished once I started using it.
Some positive points are:
* Sufficient memory for just about any use
* Good battery life
* Good packaging and small size
* Nice carrying case
* Confusing to set up and use
* After transfer of photos the screen was not updated so you didn't know if the transfer was done
* Navigating the menu was difficult. Terms were used that normally aren't used. I could always
transfer files to/from my cell or tablet and never read the instructions. It was/is intuitive. Using
the Wireless Pro to me was not intuitive at all and I found myself constantly going back to the
manual (online) to learn how to do something.
* Was very difficult to read the lettering on the outside of the box....which is the ON/OFF???
* Why a USB 2.0 port? USB 3.0 is backward compatible.
* Confusing front panel LEDs: "My Passport" & "Wireless Pro"?? Be more descriptive. Users work
with many devices and can't keep track of special meanings in one product vs another.
* Special definitions for various blinking LED lights i.e. "Solid", "Fast Blinking", "Blinking for 5 Sec"??
Again, unless you carry a manual with you one should not have to remember all of these special
* Computer is required for first time setup? Several setup pages to go through. Then you finally
to the "Dashboard" where you can do things. There is a lot of icons on this screen but where is
the "transfer photo" icon? Confusing.
* Then you have to go through a similar setup on the mobile device, page after page after page.
I just purchased a new camera with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. To connect I selected two
buttons to connect and I was connected. Took me about 10 seconds and I was transferring files
in the next 10 seconds.
* Then I was transferred to another home page which was different from the one on the PC. Won't
go into all the details but at least to me it was very difficult to navigate or to do anything. Nothing
* While I willing to learn how to navigate through the menu the most disappointing thing about the
Wireless Pro was the transfer speeds using either a hardwire or USB 3.0. For a few photographs
it would be acceptable but for professional camera work where you have 32G or 64G
(very common) memory chips this would take hours to transfer. In one of the WD videos they
mentioned the transfer speeds and they were significantly below rated specs for USB 3.0 or
hardwire which resulted in the unacceptable transfer times for camera XQD or SD high
capacity memory cards.
The last item was a show stopper. I tested these times many times and came up with the same poor transfer speeds every time. Given that I returned the device for a refund. Like I indicated above this was a great idea but the design left much to be desired. Hopefully if the specs/design change and it gets easier to navigate I will purchase this unit in the future.