SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive ReviewMon, Feb 24, 2014 - 10:01 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is a solid USB 2.0 storage device that utilizes Micro SD for storage. As a USB 2.0 device it won’t break any speed records; however that is not what it is meant for. This Wireless Flash Drive is designed for sharing of data on an ad-hoc basis to up to 8 devices, or it can stream video to three devices at the same time. As more mobile devices are put in use, and you have limited amount of space on most mobile devices finding a way to have your data available but not on the mobile device is going to become very important.
After using the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive, I find myself amazed at what it can do in such a small package, measuring 2.79 x 0.84 x 0.45 in (LxWxH), it isn’t very much larger than other flash drives. However this flash drive can do so much more than just store files. It is small enough to fit in a pocket and be unobtrusive when on the go. Another option would be to attach it to a keychain or to a bag to always have it with you.
An estimated four hour battery life might not seem like a lot, just charge the Wireless Flash Drive when possible and continue to use it. That four hours is for streaming video to one device, as more devices connect and utilize the drive that four hours will get shorter. Thankfully in my testing, I was able to get just over five hours of streaming videos before it ran out of juice.
There are many options when it comes to sharing data, cloud storage, or remotely accessing a home network. However each of these has a downside, if you happen to be in an area where you are unable to access the internet, or on a long trip. Streaming a large amount of data to multiple devices can use a monthly allotment of mobile data pretty quickly, the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive does not need access to the internet to allow sharing the data. Simply copy data to the SDHC card before leaving and it is available anytime. Also, the SDHC card can be swapped out with others while on the go, so you never really fill the Wireless Flash Drive with data.
The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive is currently available for purchase from many establishments and comes with a 1 year warranty. There is one model of the Wireless Flash Drive available, however it comes in three different sizes:
- SanDisk Connect 16GB – SDWS2-016G-E57 – $49.54 Shipped
- SanDisk Connect 32GB – SDWS2-032G-E57 – $59.54 Shipped
- SanDisk Connect 64GB – SDWS2-064G-E57 – $99.99 Shipped
The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive will work with virtually any operating system that uses a web browser, however iOS and Android users get an app to access the Wireless Flash Drive, and set the configuration option. Within the configuration options, not only can the drive be used as a wireless repeater, a 128-bit AES password can be enabled to keep the data secured.
This is a great device, as it stands it is hard to find anything to criticize about it. It does its job rather well, and makes it easy to share files. In a future version, I’d like to see the USB connection upgraded to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 as it would make it much easier to load files from a PC to the flash drive. As it is, it would take several hours to fill the SD card over USB 2.0 speeds, switch to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SDHC card reader and that time will be much shorter.
Legit Bottom Line: For the price, the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive is a great option to share data among multiple mobile devices and allow backing up of data off those mobile devices without being attached to a computer.