CNET First Look
Kingston Wi-DriveCompact, Internet-ready, and well-designed, the Wi-Drive makes a convenient companion for frequent travelers who have one or a few tablets and a moderate library of digital content.
-A while ago, I showed you the Seagate GoFlex Satellite Portable Drive that can extend the storage of the iPad wirelessly. Today, I have the mini version of it. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and this is the Wi-Drive from Kingston. This is one of the most portable USB drives on the market and it's about the size of the iPhone and it's even lighter. This means it's that much more impressive to know that it has a built-in wireless N access point and an internal battery. As a portable drive, you can just plug it in to the computer, either Mac or PC, copy your content over such as music, movies, or photos. After that, when you unplug it from the computer and turn it on, up to three mobile devices such as the iPad can connect to it simultaneously via its built-in Wi-Fi and then stream content from it. On the side here, the Wi-Drive has a power button that you need to press and hold for a few seconds to turn it on or off. On top, you can see three little LED that show the statuses of the internet connection, its Wi-Fi network, and the data activities. The fact that the drive can connect to the internet via another Wi-Fi network is the most impressive feature. This allows its connected clients to access both its content and the internet at the same time. The Wi-Drive comes with a free downloadable Wi-Drive app for the iPad that organizes content stored on the drive by categories. A very nice thing about the app is the fact that it also works in the background, meaning you can listen to music stored on the drive while doing something else such as browsing the internet. The app works with all iOS devices and will also be available for other platforms in the future. Now comes the catches. The Wi-Drive unfortunately offers very limited amount of storage, just 16 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes. This means most of you wouldn't be able to carry your entire library on the go. The second catch is the pricing. The Wi-Drive costs $130 for the 16-gigabyte version and $175 for the 32-gigabyte version. Compared with the Seagate Satellite that offer 500 gigabytes for just $200, the Wi-Drive doesn't sound like a very good deal. Yet, for those with a moderate amount of data that needs to be carried on the go, the Wi-Drive can make an excellent companion. To find out more about why it might just be the right device for you, check out the full review at CNET.com. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo and this has been the First Look at the Wi-Drive from Kingston.