SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Review
Strange to say, but most of today’s high-end smartphones don’t feature expandable storage. Therefore, once you’ve used up all of its memory, you’re left to choose what stays and goes. Don’t fret anymore people, that’s because the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is looking like the perfect solution for those who need to make some room on their device. Don’t hold your breath now, since it doesn’t end there thanks to its ability to wirelessly stream content to various devices – simultaneously too!
The package contains:
- Owner’s manual
Hardly a shocker, it looks like a flash drive – though, its construction feels a wee bit wonky.
Low and behold! It looks exactly like an ordinary flash drive, not like today’s compact and contemporary ones, but rather, the narrow and elongated kinds from when flash drives first busted onto the scene. The body is constructed from plastic, which gives it a lightweight feel in the hand, but it tends to feel a bit too hollow – essentially radiating a cheap feel. Breaking up the bland design, there’s a glossier strip down the middle that has an eye catching checkered pattern.
Knowing what the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is capable doing, we’re astounded by how compact and tiny it really is. The size is unobtrusive, allowing us to carry it in our pocket without occupying a huge amount of space. Overall, the build quality might make it feel cheaply constructed, but there’s more to it than looks.
Along that strip, there’s a silver rectangular power button. After holding it down for a few seconds to turn it on/off, the LED lights on the opposite ends of the strip turn on to display its connectivity and charging status. Pulling down the top head of the unit exposes its USB 2.0 connection, which allows us to connect it to PC – where it acts just like any USB flash drive at that point. At the same time, it’s how we’re able to charge its internal battery. On the bottom edge, there’s a spot there to attach a lanyard. It’s great thing to attach to your keychain, so it’s always on you at any given time.
Hidden behind a plastic flap is the unit’s microSD slot, which comes supplied with a card – a 32GB one in our case. Essentially, it’s the brains of the operation, as it’s where all the content is stored and accessed. In addition, it’s worth mentioning that it’s packing along its very own Wi-Fi radio, which allows it to establish a hotspot of its own for various devices to connect to it. At the most, it’s able to allow up to 8 devices to connect to it.
12. sgodsell (Posts: 1398; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I have had one for around a year already. Its well worth the money since its so portable and can be attached to your keychain. You could just buy the 32gb version and add your own 64gb microsd cards. If you go on plains, trains, buses, subways, and any place with a poor signal, then this little device keeps on working just fine. Also it works great with iOS and Android devices, even at the same time.
2. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 116; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Awesome. I have been waiting for something like this.
3. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
theyve been had ish like this. but y even bother with these devices when you can set up a hard drive on your home network n jus remotely conect to it, using it as ur Personal cloud? i much rather pay like $85 for a 2TB hard drive than how ever much this thing costs. YOU DO THE MATH
hell.... if u wana share that bad, open up Google drive or DropBox n jus give access to whoever ur shairing with
5. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Some of us leave our home and go out into the big world. Home networks are cool but not very helpful when you are on the road or at work.
6. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
dude...... u MUST be an iUser...... you know that you can acces your home network from outside your Home...... right?
ITS THE WHOLE POINT of setting up one!!, In the maner of which i described!!!
9. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
No, I don't have an iphone and never have. I do have a limited data plan and moving lots of data over a cellular network is expensive. Moving data from a wireless USB or regular flash drive is free. I'm currently paying less than $25 per month for two smartphones.
15. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
well get a better carier who has unlimited data and then use the hot spot built in android to connect your other phone. yes you can make free calls ofer data networks via apps like google voice with talktone.
but @ $25 u must not be on 4g or u have some crazy discount
18. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Why would I want to pay more for something I don't need? That makes no sense. I don't have 4G and I don't need it. 3G speeds work just fine for what I use my phone for. Most of the time I have access to broadband speeds over WIFI.
I see no reason to pay $80-$120 a month for cell phone service when the $10 plan on Air Voice works fine for me. I don't feel the need to brag about how fast my download speed are.
19. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
no WONDER..... how fast IS ur 3G if i might ask?
usually most 3G speed is like dial up speed, or at best a DSL speed connection. but 4G gives u a Cable internet connection (or Fios, idk where u live) speed, n at the worst a pretty good DSL speed connection. even that fake ass 4G, HSPA+ (its really just 3G tech with faster speeds it SHOULD have had when it was released) , will usually deliver simalar results as real 4G. so yea u may not 'need' it, but the faster ur internet connection, the SMARTER ur phone gets basiclly.
so u dont stream movies or high quality (320kbs perfered, 256kbs minimum) music? u dont back ur phones files n irreplacable photos after u take them? Decent speed wifi is NOT everywhere, n I live n Los Angeles county man. so trust, speed is life when it comes to wireless. otherwise, whats the point????
20. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
My speed varies between 1 mbs and 2 mbs.
I don't stream movies on my phone / I want them on my TV.
I could stream music but I don't. I have more music than I need on a MicroSD card
I don't back on my pictures on the go. I haven't lost one yet, and most of the places that I take pictures don't have a cell signal
What do I use cellular data for? Email, texts, websurfing, google maps. None of that requires a fast internet connection.
I have high speed WIFI available at home and at work. If I am away from home I am either, driving, eating at a restaurant, visiting friends, our doing an outside activity like running or hiking. None off that required a phone.
What is the point? We save $75-175 a MONTH compared to our friend that have LTE service. That is more than enough to go on a nice trip every year. To us that is a much better us of our money than wasting it on something we don't need.
10. sgodsell (Posts: 1398; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I have had this device for about a year now. Its totally awesome, and well worth the money. I have a number of mobile devices that can share and stream data using this little device, which happens to be attached to my keychain. If you are trying to tell people that something like this device is not worth it and all people need is a home network. Then you are delusional and have no clue what being mobile really means. So how well does your solution work if you are on a train, plain, bus, subway, car, at some secluded park with no signal. Oh thats right, your solution fails. Where as this little device just keeps on working and can stream movies, music and more for around $50
16. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
well if ur in an area without a signal, yea its kinda helpful...... but then you could just carry the actual Micro SD card(s) on your person (with the content u wish to have), if you Know ur going to be spending time in such an area w/out service.
hell by your xample, to be "Trully mobile", id jus get a REAL mobile (with a battery) Wireless usb Hard drive with atleast 1TB . that wouldnt be more than double the price @ $100. with wayyyyyy more storage.
point is, the keychain is just an easy option for those who dont want to invest in real solutions because of lack of time to understand what theyre trying to do in the first place, or jus lazy n think that buying this is jus easier. if so, jus say so. "i jus gona buy this kuz i dont care." its america. ur allowed to waste ur money as u c fit.
4. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Where is the review? This article didn't cover anything that can't be found in the manufacturer's product description. How about some useful info like how long the battery lasts?
11. sgodsell (Posts: 1398; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I get about 4 hours of music, movie streaming from it. You can get a lot more if you copy over the files directly onto the device you are using. It charges up real fast just by plugging it into a usb port (around 30 minutes and its fully charged). I also love that fact that you can replace the microsd cards and that you can attach it to your keychain since its so small. For a person on the go who doesn't want to worry about cell reception or a data usage. Then this is truly an awesome little device that is well worth the money. Oh and it works with both iOS and Android devices.
17. reckless562 (Posts: 985; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
so u actually carry multiple micro sd cards on you, and ur NOT a photographer?
8. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
NAS is far more versatile, and is becoming more and more simplified for everyday users to set up. Western Digital My Cloud, for instance.
Honestly, there are way better tools for wirelessly transferring and accessing data from a network, rather than using a piddly little SanDisk thing.
13. Terry3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2014)
It looks pretty like my RavPower 5-in-1 filehub. WIFI hotspot, storage but in a different way. Think mine has a better value as it's much cheaper than sandisk.
14. hboy857 (Posts: 231; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)