Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Greg0
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: Easy Extra Storage
If you’re tired of paying Apple’s storage tax- their prices for an upgraded hard drive are a big profit center- then it’s nice to know you have other options. The same is true if you’ve simply gotten addicted to apps, or just want to take a lot of media with you on a trip. Your tablet or laptop’s hard drive is limited, like the one in our Macbook Air, but you don’t need to fret or book a trip to a store to attempt to upgrade it. Instead, you can use an external drive, but then you need to plug it in, and you can’t easily share it. The best alternative is a new set of wireless drives.
The SanDisk Connect is among the best, if you really want to focus on the wireless aspects. You can pass-through an internet connection, sharing it among several devices, which is very handy. And you can even stream HD streams to multiple devices simultaneously, the perfect option if you’re trying to watch your copy of the latest movie with Oscar buzz while your children view a cartoon on repeat.
Ours came with a 64GB SD card, preformatted in a way that works with both PCs and Macs. A more limited capacity model is available at a slightly lower price. But the SD card slot means that you can plug in your own media, which is great if you’re a photographer, professional or otherwise, and want to have your images immediately accessible. Speeds were decent when sharing via wireless, perhaps thanks to the fact it supports 802.11n. Access via the built-in USB connection, though, is unfortunately quite slow (and limited to USB 2.0 rather than 3). The best part of this model is the battery life, up to eight hours on a single charge when streaming videos, and we loved how small and compact this device was- it can even fit into a pocket. It’s also great-looking, with a nicely textured surface, rounded sides, and is aluminum rather than plastic.
Available now for under $100, online and in stores, we definitely plan on bringing the SanDisk Connect with us on our next trip.