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SanDisk Connect Drives share files via WLAN

SanDisk presents a new line that makes sharing files between various platforms easier. The drives use WLAN to connect to various devices.

SanDisk has introduced a new series, the Connect Flash Drive and the Connect Media Drive. They allow storing and sharing data between various operating systems using WLAN 802.11b/g/n (only 2.4 GHz band) to connect to up to 8 devices. No router or internet are needed.

Both drives are compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle, Android smartphone and tablet - and last but not least Mac and PC. The minimum specifications of the operating systems are iOS 5, Android 2.3, Mac OS 10.6 and Windows XP.

The battery of the Flash Drive will last for 4 hours when streaming 720p content to one device. It can stream to up to 3 different devices at the same time. The battery life of the Media Drive is 8 hours under the same circumstances while the device supports up to 5 simultaneous streams. Unfortunately the use of USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 is somewhat disappointing, especially when you want to put your mp3 collection or an HD movie on the storage unit.

That being said, the amount of storage is limited to 16 GB or 32 GB for the Connect Flash Drive. The Connect Media Drive offers either 32 GB or 64 GB. Both are compact little units, with the former measuring 3.07 x 1.04 x 0.54 inches (77.96 x 26.64 x 13.76 mm) and the latter 2.6 x 2.6 x .52 inches (65 x 65 x 13.5 mm). The SanDisk Connect Flash Drive is available for $50 (16 GB) and $60 (32 GB) while the SanDisk Connect Media Drive comes with a price tag of $80 (32 GB) and $100 (64 GB).


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Kurt Jonke, 2013-07-24 (Update: 2013-07-25)