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Jason H.

Jason H.

Joined on 05/27/08

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USB 3.2 could mean USB 3.0, USB 3.1, or USB 3.2.

WD 2TB My Passport Portable Storage External Hard Drive USB 3.2 for PC/MAC Black (WDBYVG0020BBK-WESN)
WD 2TB My Passport Portable Storage External Hard Drive USB 3.2 for PC/MAC Black (WDBYVG0020BBK-WESN)

Pros: - Will make you more careful when shopping around for gear. - Will make you distrustful of marketing departments. - Will make you distrustful of version numbers.

Cons: - The actual USB version of this drive is "USB 3.0", so its speed is 5Gbps. - The "marketing" USB version of this drive is "USB 3.2 Gen 1". - "USB 3.2" tells you *nothing*. It could be 3.0, 3.1, or 3.2. - USB 3.0 is now called "USB 3.2 Gen 1" - USB 3.1 is now called "USB 3.2 Gen 2" - USB 3.2 is now called "USB 3.2 Gen 2x2" - Yeah, so "USB 3.2" can mean "USB 3.0" or "USB 3.1" or "USB 3.2"

Overall Review: I am so angry at marketing tricks like this. I thought I was buying a bonified USB 3.2 20Gbps drive. Nope. Because USB 3.2 might not actually mean USB 3.2. It might mean USB 3.0 (5Gbps) or it might mean USB 3.1 (10Gbps). In this drive's case, "USB 3.2" means USB 3.0 (5Gbps). Do a Google search for "USB 3.2 explained: Making sense of current and confusing USB standards" and keep yourself informed.