I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like high capacity digital storage. WD_Black invited me to take a look at the P10 Game Drive, their storage solution for gamers.

It’s no surprise that we instinctively think of traditional hard disk drives (or HDDs) as slow but cheap. And solid state drives “SSDs” as fast but expensive. I mean it’s true. However we often justify the latter by purchasing small, internal drives for installing things like Windows or a couple of games. Once you’re into the region of 2TB and above in the world of SSD you’d be as well sticking your kidney on eBay to help fit the bill. Put simply, they are just too expensive for the majority of us. That’s where Western Digital steps in with it’s ultra sleek looking and affordable range of WD_Black Game Drive external HDDs with up to 5TB capacity for only €190.

Filling a void that doesn’t exist isn’t easy, there are literally 100s maybe 1000s of external HDDs available. You only have to search on Amazon and scroll through the selection to see them all, but how do you choose a good one?

Look for a name that you know and trust, Sandisk, Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital they are all in there. Personally I have used Western Digital products for years and can vouch for their longevity, which is more than i can say for seagate (I’m looking at you internal HDDs).

Western Digital has been making external drives under the “My Passport” moniker for what seems like forever, but more recently released its first gamer focused device for console owners. The WD Black P10 Game Drive is an agnostic solution aimed equally at Xbox, Playstation and PC gamers, aspiring to provide them with plenty of extra capacity to extend their existing console storage.

If you’re specifically looking for external storage for the Microsoft Xbox One, you might be interested to know that Western Digital also makes a WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One that comes in 1TB, 3TB and 5TB capacities and features a white accent on the case.

The pricing of the 5TB version is the same as the generic P10 (also available in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB version), but each of xbox versions come with a 2-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership in the box. The WD Black P10 Game Drive not strictly a gamer-only portable storage device nor is it a must-have. Anyone needing a portable drive can enjoy it, and the truth is you can use most, if not all, portable drives with your games console.

However the P10 is also a statement piece, a symbol. It feels solid and looks professional. Whether or not you’re into gaming, getting the WD Black P10 creates the impression that you’re not messing around. I assume the inspiration for the WD Black P10’s design came from hard case equipment movers, pelican cases, or maybe a classic shipping container. Which ever it was, they nailed it, I love the industrial look and feel. perfectly paired with the stubby white LED that signifies power and data transfer.

WD also promises that it’s built to last. I’m not sure that it promises to be any more durable than competitors though. Knowing HDDs are fragile to drops and with the omission of any obvious shock proofing mentioned on the documentation I wouldn’t want to test it.

In summary: The WD_Black P10 Game Drive is an affordable, stylish and tailor made HDD storage solution for gamers and PC users who are looking for somewhere to keep their important data. The minimal packaging and rugged industrial design of the drive enclosure is very attractive. There are other products available that do the same job but not many come offering the same style. I can happily recommend the P10 to anyone who is in the market for a large capacity head turning hard drive.

As a final thought what would be cool is a shock-proof and IP rated WD_Black styled empty drive bay that i can put my existing SSDs into. That would be REALLY cool.

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Darren Millar

Tech Lover & Writer

30 something, ex-nightclub DJ. Lover of technology. Smart home builder, Product designer, Japanese car fan. Never owned an iPhone. Cat person.

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