Product Review: Kingston Wi-Drive
Do you have an iPad or another tablet device, and want to expand storage options? Kingston was nice enough to provide me with a 16GB Wi-Drive that helps you to do just that. Read on for the review.
First of all, here is how Kingston describes itself:
Kingston Technology Company
In 1987, Kingston® entered the market with a single product. Founders John Tu and David Sun fulfilled a severe shortage of surface mount memory chips with a memory module that would serve to redefine industry standards for years to come.
Combining one of the most extensive and stringent testing processes in the memory industry, an exceptional 24/7 free tech support center and a consistent roll-out of innovative technologies, Kingston Technology has continually set industry standards of quality and reliability throughout its history.
Reliability is the cornerstone of the Kingston product strategy. It has played a key role in maintaining the long-term relationships developed over the years with customers. Kingston remains committed to exceeding industry standards with every new development while maintaining the signature reliability of its products.
Kingston has grown to be the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in employees is essential and that each individual employee is a vital part of the company’s success.
Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
And now for how they describe the Wi-Drive:
Kingston’s Wi-Drive is portable, wireless storage for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Wi-Drive lets you store and share your favorite content with your favorite people. It gives you up to 32GB of added storage for your Apple device and lets you share photos, videos, music and more with three users on their own iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Download the free Wi-Drive App from the App StoreSM to access and and easily share the content on your Wi-Drive with Apple devices. Best of all, Wi-Drive is backed by legendary Kingston reliability, 24/7 tech support and a one-year warranty.
- Portable, wireless storage
- Works with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Share your data with 3 users simultaneously
- Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11g/n; 30-foot range
What’s interesting here is this device allows you to connect to it and stream content over Wi-Fi. Maximum size for this product is 32GB, and the unit that I received to review was 16GB. This is not a huge amount of storage, but since the device is slightly larger than an iPhone4, it is convenient to throw into a briefcase for a trip. Let’s see how it does!
Charge the Device
Before using the Wi-Drive, you should top off the battery and charge it. That took a few hours to top mine off. There is an LED light that blinks green while charging and then goes solid green when done.
Load Content Onto the Device
Attach the Wi-Drive to a Windows or Mac computer via the included USB cable. I used my Windows 7 desktop. Here is what you see:
I circled the entries that relate to the Wi-Drive. Your PC will see a drive that is labeleld a CD-ROM drive and another one that is labeled Wi-Drive one is where the content goes. Double click on it and double click on Content. Make whatever folder structures that you want to use here and drag and drop files here as well. When you are done, eject the drive by right clicking on the drive in this window and selecting Eject. Your Wi-Drive is now loaded with content and is ready to stream!