Kingston Introduced 128GB Wi-Drive For Portable Streaming And Sharing

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Need more storage? Face it, we all go. And that's why Kingston Digital is shipping a 128GB version of its Wi-Drive. The 128GB model enables even more sharing and storage. It's a 128GB drive with a built-in Wi-Fi module and a battery that'll stream content from the device for up to four hours. Basically, it's a pocket-sized portable storage device that doesn't even need a cord to make transfers. For tablet users who have ran out of local storage, it's a real godsend. The gratis Wi-Drive app is available now for iOS and Android, as well as Kindle products. The device allows simultaneous data access and file sharing for up to three users on their preferred mobile device. Thanks to a variety of Android-based devices and their versatile user experience, users can access and share their files via web browser or the Wi-Drive App. As for pricing? The 128GB model is going for just under $200.

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 12:55 PM

So what makes this different from the patriot gauntlet node or any other similar device? 

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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 1:31 PM

Because it's compatible with Android iOS and Kindle does that mean it can be used by all 3 devices simultaneously or does it have to be optimized for just one?

This is interesting but 128gb seems low in terms of storage (even though it's being contrasted to the 8-16gb of built in internal storage on most devices.) This seems like something that would be useful to use between mobile devices and mobile computers like laptops so the small storage capacity is a bit of a caveat. 2.5in drives have much higher capacities than 128gb and are still relatively inexpensive as well, why not just go with a larger size?

I also don't understand whether this allows multiple devices to access content on the drive, or to transfer/share content to other devices through the drive?

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 2:01 PM

OSunday:

Because it's compatible with Android iOS and Kindle does that mean it can be used by all 3 devices simultaneously or does it have to be optimized for just one?

This is interesting but 128gb seems low in terms of storage (even though it's being contrasted to the 8-16gb of built in internal storage on most devices.) This seems like something that would be useful to use between mobile devices and mobile computers like laptops so the small storage capacity is a bit of a caveat. 2.5in drives have much higher capacities than 128gb and are still relatively inexpensive as well, why not just go with a larger size?

I also don't understand whether this allows multiple devices to access content on the drive, or to transfer/share content to other devices through the drive?

Assuming this is similar to the patriot gauntlet node, then I can answer a few questions here.

1.  With the patriot gauntlet you're able to change out hard drives, therefore you can pick your size, this one appears to be sealed in the picture, but who knows.

2.  The wireless function is good for just about everything.  With the patriot you can connect over wi-fi, or through the LAN, therefore sharing anything you want between family members, or guest that come over with very little effort.

3.  Um... for you last question, it does both.  Basically think of this as a simple shared drive on your network.  You can put a video on the wi-drive from your computer, then hop on your iPhone and transfer the video to your phone.  Or you can also stream the files directly from the hard drive from up to 3 devices rather than transferring them.

 

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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 5:53 PM

Well this thing sounds ridiculously useful and appealing especially for people with multiple mobile devices with limited storage... IF it's anything like the Patriot Gauntlet Node anyhow.

That could be a bit of stretch though since this is Kingstons version, so the Patriots could end up having a lot of those features this doesn't, which pretty much means the Gauntlet Node will kick this things ass haha.

Thank you for the clarifications though! 

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