If you own a computer, then you should own an external hard drive. Even if you don’t need the extra space to stash your movies, music and photos on, having an external drive is great for peace of mind as it allows you to keep an on-site backup of all of your important files (but if you’re paranoid like me, you’ll have a cloud backup as well.)
The 2TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra offers the most space for the least amount of money. And despite it having a 5400rpm hard drive under the hood (most portable drives do,) it proved to be the fastest USB 3.0 connected portable out there. What’s not to like?
You can read the my full writeup of the hardware over at The Wirecutter.