Instead of trying to build out devices that tie in to every service under the sun, SanDisk is sticking to what they know: storage. Specifically, lots of storage in a tiny package. To that end, the memory manufacturer rolled out two new devices this week that promise to let you watch and listen to your content no matter where you might be – without worrying about running out of space on your notebook or mobile device.
SanDisk’s new Connect Wireless Flash Drive looks like little more than a bulky thumb drive – but it’s quite a bit more. It works just like a regular flash drive – coming in either 16GB or 32GB models, you can plug it into your notebook or desktop PC and fill it up with whatever music, movies, or pictures that you might want.
Then pop it out and hit a little grey button, and the Connect Wireless Flash Drive turns into a Wi-Fi hotspot that any mobile device or PC can access, letting them stream the media files on the USB drive. SanDisk is promising that customers can use the drive for up to four hours of continuous streaming on a single charge – not bad for such a small device.
Larger yet is the new Connect Wireless Media Drive. Available in capacities of 32GB or 64GB, this box is happy to sit plugged in at home, letting you fill its internal storage with all the media and shared documents you don’t – or more likely can’t – keep on your PC, iPhone, or Android device. Used in this fashion, it’s a great way to segregate approved content for younger members of the household to view on their computer or tablet.
Then, when you’re ready to go, just pop it into your bag and enjoy up to 8 hours of wireless access on a single charge; SanDisk claims that the drive can stream up to 5 separate HD movies at the same time. Aside from the bigger battery and capacity, the feature that really sets the Wireless Media Drive apart from the Wireless Flash Drive is the ability to read SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
You can use the SD cards to double or triple (or more!) the storage of the Media Drive, or to view and upload pictures from your camera using your mobile device.
Pricing and Availability
Both the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and the Connect Wireless Media Drive will hit the US within the next few weeks, with pre-orders going up on Amazon.com right now. The Flash Drive will cost $49.99 or $59.99, depending on capacity, while the larger Media Drive will run you $79.99 or $99.99, depending on the same.