SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review
Using the appropriate Wireless Media Drive app, which is available to download for iOS 5.0+ and Android 2.3+ devices, we can use it to transfer, stream, and organize content. The initial set up is pretty self-explanatory, since we’re required to directly connect to the Wi-Fi network it’s broadcasting. However, once that’s out of the way, there’s an option to connect the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive to an existing home network – so there’s no need to flip-flop between the two.
Once everything is properly connected and set up, the app allows us to see what’s stored in the Media Drive’s internal storage, and whatever else is in the SD card. From here, we can stream content like music and videos to our mobile devices – while also using it as a backup storage device. Basically, we can copy photos to and from our device to the microSD card in the flash drive, which frees up the local space.
Multimedia content streams with no recognizable levels of lag or delay.
The interaction between the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive and our mobile devices is pretty consistent, as transmission speeds seem to be pretty quick. Heck, even streaming high definition videos from the Media Drive is instantaneous – with no noticeable hitch with the playback. When looking through photos, there’s a short load time before each image is displayed on the app, but it happens for only a short period of time.
Hardcore photographers will especially appreciate how photos and videos can be shared amongst several devices using the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive, rather than doing it the old fashion way of saving them to a PC first, and then copying them to each device. Conversely, it’s a wonderful tool for handset owners who are strapped for free storage with their device. Instead of storing all photos and videos taken by our device, we can safely back them up to the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – thus, freeing up storage for other more important things.
The Wi-Fi radio inside of the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is strong, seeing that we’re able to easily maintain a solid connection from 50 feet away. Furthermore, its rated 8 hours of battery life with continuous streaming means that it’ll be more than equipped to handle all of our streaming needs through a solid work day. Then again, seeing that it relies on a microUSB connection for recharging, it shouldn’t be too hard juicing it between sessions.
After checking out SanDisk’s other product, the Connect Wireless Flash Drive, it’s really tough trying to recommend this one over that. First and foremost, there’s the matter of portability and travel friendliness, which easily goes to the Wireless Flash Drive. Well, the Wireless Media Drive is still portable on its own, but it’s not as discrete. However, some people will be attracted to the fact that it features either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which is supplemented by the availability of its full-sized SD card slot.
Pricing for the 32GB version is set at $79.99, which seems steep on its own, even more when it’s compared to the $99.99 64GB unit. Between them, we’d settle with the 64GB model, as it grants us a little bit more bang for the buck. At the end of the day, the decision to pick this up mainly hinges on whether you prefer the full-sized SD card slot over the microSD one in the Wireless Flash Drive.
- Full sized SD card slot, in addition to its internal storage
- Attractive premium design
- Streaming speed is quick
- Just a little pricey
1. sgodsell (Posts: 1228; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I like the other Sandisk Connect better because its more portable and you can attach it to your key chain, plus its cheaper. However you are restricted to using only micro SD cards.
2. iampayne (Posts: 239; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I have this and it is amazing I love it. When Im in the airport i turn this on and stream straight to my iPad 64+ gb worth of movies that I don't have to store on the iPad itself. It is only a 16gb iPad. I also use it on photo shots where I can take a SD card right from the camera to this and show the photos on my iPad in less than 5 minutes.
3. MaximumS (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
Seems that these media streamers are gonna be a hit. I see people using the RAVPower 5-in-1 Filehub, the HooToo Tripmate, mobilelite around. It's very easy to use.
4. robocop (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2014)
I've had an Airstash for a couple of years now, it's been great and it has supporting apps for your phone. A good alternative to this Sandisk hockey puck size media hub if you want something that's smaller. airstash dot com