The Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless storage device was launched recently to help iOS devices expand their storage capacities. It wasn’t quite handy though, being bulky and not really portable in size. Kingston recently announced their battery powered wireless storage device called the Wi-drive that streams media to connected Apple devices.
The Kingston Wi-Drive may be ideal for those who are looking for expanding their iPhone or iPad storage, but it doesn’t give you much in hand. The device is slim, will fit well in your pocket and will stream even 720p HD video to your iOS device, no problem at all. If you happen to be going on a road trip somewhere and want to waste your time watching TRON on your iPad, but already loaded it with millions of apps, then this is what you’ll need. Although, this doesn’t give you as much as storage as the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, and leaves you with a 16GB and 32GB choice.
Wi-Drive, along with its app from the App Store SM, allows users to stream videos, access music or share files with other Apple device owners. The distinctively designed, pocket-sized Wi-Drive utilizes Flash-based technology to store data from USB-compatible PCs. These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive’s built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work simultaneously with different file types from a single Wi-Drive without any performance disruption.
Kingston Wi-Drive is as slim as the iPhone 4 and of the same dimensions too and runs on battery that lasts for at least four hours when streaming full HD content simultaneously to three devices. That’s quite then don’t you think? You’ll probably be able to watch the complete Final Destination or American Pie series without having to get out of your chair. Yes, you can share data with up to three users at the same time. That, my friends, will come in handy when you and two of your friends or family happen to own Apple devices and have nothing else to do. The Wi-Drive comes with a USB cable so that you can transfer all the required data to it, plus it lets you transfer files to and from your iOS device. So if you’re Wi-Drive suddenly decides that it’s full, then you can transfer it to one of those three connected devices and hope they aren’t over capacity too. Watch the video after the break for a little demonstration.
The only thing though, the pricing will definitely stop you from buying this device unless you really want to. It’s not cheap my friends, the 16GB will drill your pockets all the way till $130 and the 32GB – $175. No information on when the Kingston Wi-drive will be available, but seems like not many will be going for this storage expansion alternative, unless you’re a diet freak and like things to be slim.
What do you have to say? Would you be willing to shell $175 for just 32GB of extra storage?
[ Via Engadget ]