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Kingston Wi-Drive review

Pint-sized Flash drive boosts storage wirelessly
Wed Sep 14 2011, 12:33

Product Kingston Wi-Drive
Website Kingston
Specifications 16GB or 32GB, USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n, WPA/WEP security, supports Windows 7 and Mac OS X, four hours continuous streaming, 121.5x61.8x9.8mm, 84g
Price From £80

MEMORY SUPPLIER Kingston is the latest vendor to release a highly portable wireless drive with the intention of boosting the storage capacity of tablets and smartphones.

The Wi-Drive is a tiny little flash drive, no bigger than an average smartphone. With dimensions of 121.5x61.8x9.8mm and a weight of 84g, portability is a major strength as the device can easily be carried around in a trouser or jacket pocket all day.

Our review unit came with 16GB of storage, which although not the greatest amount helped to double internal storage on most of our devices. The maximum available at present is 32GB, which should satisfy the majority of users.

Kingston Wi-Drive size

In terms of usability, the Wi-Drive is plug-and-play by nature as would be expected from a storage device. The device is able to connect and sync with Windows, Linux and Mac PCs, and can connect with devices like smartphones and tablets via USB.

The Apple IOS Wi-Drive app is easy to use. Photo, video and music icons are along the bottom of the screen and there is also some key functionality that the Wi-Drive's chief rival, the Seagate Goflex Satellite Wi-Fi HDD, lacks. We liked the ability to browse content in the sidebar while still being able to watch a movie on the Ipad 2, for example.

Kingston Wi-Drive IOS app

Users are also offered the choice of WPA, WPA2 or WEP encryption for the wireless connection, unlike the GoFlex, which offers only WPA-level security. Additionally, it is also possible to use WiFi bridging on Apple devices.

Users can connect to another WiFi hotspot, and browse the internet without having to drop the connection to the Wi-Drive, which is a useful feature, although it is not possible to search for hidden connections at this time.


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