SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a 128GB File Server in a USB Drive

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a 128GB file server in a thumb drive

SanDisk has a convenient solution for smartphone storage shortages like the iPhone, Nexus phones, and Samsung’s Galaxy S6, and it won’t be sticking out of your phone.

The Connect Wireless Stick looks just like your ordinary USB drive. but looks can be deceiving and it is more than that. It’s also a portable network-attached storage device, with built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi that can pump out content to three connected devices at the same time. Its built-in lithium-ion battery can keep it running for about 4.5 hours before it needs recharging.

SanDisk already offered Wireless Sticks, but this new one is their largest yet. With 128GB of storage, there’s room for an entire road trip worth of media — and it’s still small enough to dangle from your key ring. They’ve priced it aggressively, too. The 128GB stick sells for $99, while smaller capacities — 16, 32, and 64GB — are listed at $24.99, $39.99, and $59.99. I must add for a gadget like this price is very right. I was thinking it will cost a fortune but surprisingly it’s not that expensive for the feature and the convenience it will provide.

A hard drive like one from Seagate’s Wireless Plus series will give you a whole lot more storage for roughly the same amount of money. The 1TB model costs about $40 more than the 128GB Connect Wireless Stick. It also runs a lot longer, with a battery that’s rated for around 10 hours of continuous use.

I have used Sandisk drives in the past as well and I do not have a very good experience with them. Their drives come up with unusual bugs and crash and lock like crazy. Other than this drive I prefer Kingston.

Pocketability is key for you, SanDisk’s new Connect Wireless Stick is about the smallest private cloud server you can buy — which you can do from their online shop, Best Buy, or Amazon.


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