Usual pendrive is already obsolete – SanDisk offers a capacious storage of data on USB, but with Wi-Fi. Meet SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick.
Recently, a study commissioned by SanDisk showed that Poles complain about too little space for data – more than half of respondents are forced to delete files from their smartphone once a month to free up space for new content, and nearly 70% of people do it once a quarter . It is clear, therefore, that the new headphones – although efficient and impressive – still do not offer us as much data as we need. Often we are forced to keep data on other carriers – the choice is usually made on memory cards, because clouds in Poland are still not very popular. There is a place for SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick – this is an unusual pendrive, which in addition to the standard function of storing files, multimedia or documents, has also been equipped with a Wi-Fi module working at 2.4 GHz. And this interesting addition gives us completely new possibilities.
Pendrive, but not only
The device created by SanDisk can be used as a standard, typical data warehouse, which we plug into a USB port on a desktop computer or laptop. Built-in wireless network support, however, allows us to send them without having to physically connect the pendrive to the target device – thanks to the Wi-Fi module, we can connect it with a smartphone or laptop on one condition: these devices must be in one network. Connecting with other devices at a distance of up to 10 meters (more or less the range offered by SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick) is very simple – all you need to do is use the Wi-Fi switch located on the pendrive casing and then use the dedicated SanDisk Connect application Drive, available for both mobile devices with Android and iOS , as well as computers running Windows and macOS.Although it seems that the program dedicated to this device has little possibility, it will be enough to find out that it is different. With its help, we easily connect to a closed network created by a pendrive, thanks to which we can transfer files from the device to a smartphone or laptop and the other way round . The program also allows you to create a folder structure in which we store files, as well as allows you to make a backup of your mobile device, which allows you to have additional security in the event of loss of equipment. Admittedly, the application is convenient and has all the functions that you can expect from a program that allows you to take advantage of the capabilities of a pendrive with Wi-Fi. We will also find here a music player or a multimedia browser, but nevertheless a better solution and a bit more convenient is the use of system applications. As you probably expect, due to the presence of a Wi-Fi module and the ability to work without having to plug the USB flash drive into the USB port, it was necessary to use a small battery. It allows the flash drive to work for about 4.5 hours , so enough time to send selected data to the memory of another device. Charging takes literally a moment – after just 20 minutes of connecting the device to the USB port, the energy is completed in its entirety. It is a pity that the housing does not have any graphical information about how long we can still use the stiker without having to connect it for charging. This information can only be found in the application.
Is it worth buying a SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick?
Generally, you must admit that SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a very useful equipment . Although it is not a speed demon in terms of data transfer (mainly due to the use of USB 2.0 interface), a patent with a built-in Wi-Fi module is a very interesting experiment that works well in everyday use. It's a good base for making backups from mobile devices, but also a great media or data carrier.We have received a version offering 256 GB of data for testing – this is the largest variant available on the market and it is not available in Polish stores. You will find in them a version with 128 GB of memory, which costs about 280-290 PLN . It's a nice surprise, because I expected that the price will be a bit higher, and yet we will find more variants from 64 and 32 GB and the smallest of 16 GB capacity, costing about 80 zlotys . Of course, this is more expensive than a typical pendrive with the same amount of memory, but additions in the form of a Wi-Fi module and the ability to wirelessly transfer data to mobile devices make it an investment worth considering – if you actually need a portable drive, with which you connect to from your smartphone.