Conclusion and Summary:
The Gauntlet Node from Patriot offers you superior flexibility with storage options such as the ability to use any 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives up to two terabytes in size. You can also use a drive that’s been replaced or upgraded during a new system build. What’s nice is you get to decide what size you want in it and can change it down the road when more storage space is needed or prices drop permitting the upgrade to a super-fast and larger capacity SSD.
As I see it, the Patriot Gauntlet Node is perfect for people on the go and a viable solution for sharing pictures, videos, music, and files with family and friends. The Gauntlet Node has a very small footprint while having an embedded Wi-Fi antenna offering WPA-PSK and WEP security yet still easily carried in your pocket, purse, tablet or laptop bag. It is a perfect solution for workers or groups to share data files and presentations with the ability to connect and link up to 8 devices at one time. The Gauntlet Node allows users to upload or download content with fast data transfer speeds using both Wi-Fi at 150 Mbps, or USB 3.0 via a wired connection to give you speeds up to five times faster compared to USB 2.0.
The Gauntlet Node has an onboard Lithium Polymer battery that when fully charged will give you up to 5.5 hours of mobility and wireless usage, and can be charged either through the USB connection or the included detachable wall charger. The user needs to be cognizant of the fact and prepared for a several hour wait to reach a full charge during the charging stage
I have to say I am totally enjoying The Gauntlet Node; Streaming video, pictures, and data to several devices was a breeze, the Android App works great and is simple to use and the Wi-Fi works very well, and extremely fast. The Gauntlet Node also runs cool and quiet; I installed a 7200 rpm SATA HDD and with the addition of the USB 3.0 interface, and the throughput was extremely fast without a lot of heat or noise. I invited my family over, giving them access to the Node via the Wi-Fi. My grandkids took full advantage using their tablets and smart phones! They liked it so much they are going to purchase one for themselves; they said it will help them with school. As the prices continue to drop on SSD’s, I will definitely consider putting a large capacity SSD inside.
To sum things up, The Patriot Gauntlet Node is well-made and performs as advertised. When you think about what it offers the user, which is Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 throughput, along with the ability to upgrade to faster and larger HDD’s and SSD’s, easy to use software, customer support, and Patriot’s warranty for the price of only $99.99 US on Newegg.com, it makes it real no brainier. So if you’re looking for a portable storage device that blows all the others out of the water, The Gauntlet Node from Patriot should be at the top of your list. It reaps the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award.
Patriot Gauntlet Node