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Wi-Drive review

£79 16GB; £109 32GB

Manufacturer: Kingston

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

An ingenious and compact wireless storage device, however, it's expensive and connecting to an existing WiFi network can be tricky.

It’s great when you’re travelling to be able to play music and videos on your iPad or iPhone. However, it’s easy to fill up their limited storage space quite quickly, especially if you put a few long films or TV programmes onto them. Kingston’s portable Wi-Drive solves that problem by giving you some extra storage for your music, photos, videos and other types of files.

Available in 16GB and 32GB sizes, the Wi-Drive is essentially a Flash memory stick that has Wi-Fi networking features built into it – up to three people can access files at the same time. You use an ordinary USB cable to connect it to your Mac or PC, and then copy your music, video or other files onto it, just as you would with a conventional memory stick or hard drive.

The next step is to download the free Wi-Drive app from the App Store. This allows you to link your iPad or iPhone directly to the Wi-Drive via wireless networking, so that you can play any music, photos or videos stored on the Wi-Drive. You can also use it to view other types of files, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDF files. The rechargeable battery lasts for about four hours, so you can watch a few episodes of Dr Who on a train before it gives out.

The only problem with the device is that connecting directly to the Wi-Drive means you lose the connection with your existing home or office wireless network. There is a bridging option that allows the Wi-Drive to connect to your existing network so that you can still use its internet connection, however, you may have to adjust the settings on your wireless router in order to do this, which might be a bit confusing for less experienced users. You’re more likely to be using the Wi-Drive when you’re travelling away from home though, so this isn’t a major weakness.

Buying Advice

Apart from that one little network hiccup, the Wi-Drive was easy to use and performed really well. We liked that it allowed you to share media with three users simultaneously. The Wi-Fi feature means that it’s quite a bit more expensive than conventional Flash memory sticks, but it could come in very handy if you want to take a large collection of music or films on a long trip with you.

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  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Apart from that one little network hiccup, the Wi-Drive was easy to use and performed really well. We liked that it allowed you to share media with three users simultaneously. The WiFi feature means that it’s quite a bit more expensive than conventional Flash memory sticks, but it could come in very handy if you want to take a large collection of music or films on a long trip with you.

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