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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400

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Posted January 17, 2014 by Joe Kershner in Peripherals

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Price at time of Review: $49.99 on amazon.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Excellent Charging Capacity, Amazing Read/Write Speeds, Ready to Go in 5 Seconds, Interface is very Friendly, Size is great for portability
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Wasn't able to fully charge tablets
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The DashDrive Air AE400 turns into the perfect temporary storage device for movies, music, and pictures that I don't want to keep on my phone, but still want to have close at hand. It takes all of five seconds to be up and running, so it is ready at a moments notice.
by Joe Kershner
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Conclusion

I was very impressed with the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 and its ability to function as a mobile device charger, wireless hotspot and media streaming tool. The size of the DashDrive Air is perfect to fit in a purse or a jacket pocket. It would fit easily in the center console of my car or a briefcase or laptop bag. There is no reason I couldn’t carry the DashDrive Air around with me to keep my mobile devices charged up and ready to go. Although I was only capable of getting a partial charge on the tablet, I was able to charge the smartphone almost 3 times.

While I didn’t go into great detail about the SD card specifically, the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 also automatically expands my mobile storage by 32GB with the SD I put in there. It also gives me a database for movies to entertain passengers on road trips. As a portable charger and wireless storage and media streaming device, I think the DashDrive Air is definitely at the top of its class.

At the time of the review, the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 is listed at $49.99 found on amazon.com with a 1 year warranty. It is a bit more expensive than I would spend on a portable charger or a wireless hotspot. With all of the functionality combined; however, I would definitely spend $50 on the DashDrive Air. For another $20 or so, I can add a 32GB SD card and the AE400 turns into the perfect temporary storage device. We present the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 with the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.

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7 Comments


  1.  
    Robert Talmadge

    I see these devices trending lately, but the idea is not new. A year ago, Seagate and Western Digital also came out with WIFI storage, but at as much as 1 terabyte. The cost per Byte goes lower than these new ones which offer SD card speeds and capacities.
    I think that there is some room for innovation here as low memory amounts like these will be short lived, as the new technology memory arrives 3Q 2014.




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      You are correct. Adata was not first with portable storage. They just improved upon them but making it a smaller and lighter device. adding the ability to charge your phone. Using SD cards ensures you can insert that memory card into almost everything including your phone, PC, Laptop and even a camera. Not so easy to do with the ones from WD. Which memory? DDr4? That has nothing to do with these. That is from system memory. PC, laptop, tablet ect.




  2.  
    Chris

    Two questions:

    How does this device compare with the Kingston Mobilelite Wireless? and,

    Can it transfer files between an SD card and USB flash drive?

    Thanks,

    Chris




    •  
      Joe Kershner

      Unfortunately, I can’t say how it stands up in comparison to the Kingston Mobilelite device as I haven’t played with it to give an honest and true opinion. As far as transferring files. I thought I covered this in the review but apologize if I had missed it, it’s capable of transferring files from any device that’s connected. On the device, while inside the appropriate category, whether its photos, movies, etc. there’s an upload icon on the top right of the menu that allows you to upload from your device.




      •  
        Chris

        Sorry Joe, I have a feeling I might be misunderstanding here, just to make sure; what I would want to do is – if I put an SD card in the SD slot on the DashDrive, and a USB thumb drive in the USB slot on the DashDrive, can I transfer data between them directly (as opposed to wirelessly if one is in another device)?

        Sorry if I appear a bit thick.




        •  
          Joe Kershner

          Unfortunately, ADATA only allows 1 media type (USB drive or SD card) to be used at the same time. Which ever device is plugged in first is the media that will be available. So, if you have an SD card connected, then later connect a USB drive, the SD card is only recognized as being connected.




  3.  
    akal

    Nice review. You mention video performance but not how you tested.
    One of the disadvantages of this device is that the coupled software uses a proprietary player. I have an SD card full of AVI’s and only 1 MP4 files and this is the only file I can play on my iPAD or iPhone. It would have been nice if it would show all files and give the option to open them with your preferred player like VLC on iPAD.





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