SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review
- Category: Mobile
- Published: Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:10
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a clever little device that allows you to store and stream content to popular mobile devices. Think of it as a personal cloud to store extra stuff when you’re running out of space on your iPad, Kindle or smart phone.
We tested the Connect Media Drive using an iPad during a recent trip. The iPad is running low on storage so we figured it would be a good solution to load a few movies on the SanDisk connect and simply stream them to the iPad.
Making sure all electronics are charged before a trip is the first step. The connect uses a standard micro USB cable for data transfer when connected to a PC and charging. We loaded a few movies onto the media drive we encoded from DVD and Blu-ray over the last few years.
The Connect ships from the factory in unprotected wireless mode. So anything you put on the drive will be visible to anyone in range with the media drive app installed. The media drive app has basic options to allow you to toggle through different type of media.
We found all our videos but not all the codecs were supported. So in the end only 2 of the 4 videos we loaded would play. That could be a major bummer for anyone that loaded a bunch of videos expecting them to play on a long trip.
Next we added an SD card to the Connect. It takes a bit of effort to fully engage the card in the slot. It could be because we received an early production unit but we’d like to see a smoother operating slot. Despite that it was a cool way to instantly share pics over wifi to anyone with the app that wanted to grab them while at a recent gathering. We made an effort to fully format the card before taking pics so we didn’t share any old stuff by accident.
The SanDisk Connect Media Drive is an interesting device that helps bridge the gap when your mobile device is out of storage or you simply want to share content in an easy way to multiple devices and connectivity to the larger internet or what we traditionally think of the cloud is lacking.
Visit SanDisk for more information about the Connect Media Drive and all the specs.