Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review

Posted by on Monday, May 20, 2013 - 2:35am

When it comes to data, there are three important things that you must bear in mind: protection, transfer speed and backup. All these three aspects should come in to play when you are dealing with important data. Our friends at Kingston have released a new product that will take care of all your data storage needs with regards to the three aspects we have just mentioned. The new device is called the MobileLite Wireless. This gadget will give you limitless amount of storage to backup or move your data around as well as protect it.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review

Introduction

When it comes to data, there are three important things that you must bear in mind: protection, transfer speed and backup. All these three aspects should come in to play when you are dealing with important data. Our friends at Kingston have released a new product that will take care of all your data storage needs with regards to the three aspects we have just mentioned. The new device is called the MobileLite Wireless. This gadget will give you limitless amount of storage to backup or move your data around as well as protect it.

Kingston‘s take on the MobileLite

Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless reader delivers an unparalleled mobile experience. Because it’s not just about being connected, it’s about having unlimited access to your favorite videos, music, photos and files from your
Flash drive and other storage devices — anywhere you go. Store and share more — wirelessly and easily via Wi-Fi — and stream content (for example, three different movies) to three devices at once.

Plus, MobileLite Wireless features a battery charger that lets you charge your mobile device to keep you productive. It’s backed by a one-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.


Specifications

·         Inputs for Storage: USB and SD ― reads SD, SDHC, SDXC andmicroSD (with included adapter)
·         Dimensions: 124.8mm x 59.9mm x 16.65mm
·         Weight: 98g
·         Wireless Network Interface: Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA2)
·         Rechargeable Battery: up to 5 hours of continuous use
·         Battery: built-in Li-Polymer 1800mAh 3.7v
·         Local Storage1: wirelessly transfer files to and from the MobileLite Wireless app and the MobileLite Wireless hardware
·         Camera Roll support1: allows users to move photos from their mobile device to MobileLite Wireless in order to free up space
·         Cable: USB to micro-USB cable included
·         Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
·         Storage Temperature: -10°C to 45°C
·         Guaranteed one-year warranty, free technical support
·         Customizable Device Name (SSID): User selectable Wi-Fi priority list when there are multiple APN/Key available
·         File Support2:MobileLite Wireless can store any file type. Playback and viewing are based on the files supported by the mobile device
·         General file format support2:
• Audio: MP3, WAV
• Video3: m4v, mp4 (H. 264 video codec)
• Image: jpg, tiff
• Document: pdf

Features

Unlimited access to your favorite music, videos, photos and files from your mobile device
Share your data with three users simultaneously via Wi-Fi
Convenient battery charging and backup
One-year warranty, free technical support


Closer look

The MobileLite Wireless is designed to allow the user to insert a SD card (HC, XC), other forms of cards using a SD adapter or USB drive to backup your data from a mobile phone or tablet. The MobileLite Wireless is perfect for devices that are not capable of upgrading or expanding the internal storage. It also gives the user the added feature of viewing photos, playing videos, listening to audio files stored in the MobileLite to any capable device especially those running Apple and Google android operating systems.

The MobileLite Wireless is a small rectangular device made of durable plastic that protects the electronics inside. Measuring about 5" long, it should comfortably fit in a typical pocket or purse.

On the top of the unit we have three LED indicators that represent power/charging and wireless connectivity, whether it’s a hotspot or a typical LAN connection.

Looking to the side of the unit we have a power button and a small recessed reset button. Pressing the power button for about three seconds will power the unit completely on. Pressing it less than that will put the unit in charging mode.

On one end of the unit we have a SD card slot. As mentioned before, the slot will take any form of memory card including HC and XC forms. The user can select to use other memory cards like a MicroSD card just as long as they use a SD adapter to conform to the slot.

The opposite end is equipped with the standard USB and microUSB ports. The larger USB port is used for either charging a device or for a USB flash drive. The smaller port is used to charge the MobileLite Wireless with the included cable.


Software and Usage

We first spent a short time accessing the MobileLite Wireless with an Apple iPad and as of right now this is the very device it is best geared for. With Apple products, you can have access to all the features of the MobileLite. We were able to easily connect to it using it in hotspot and Internet modes.

You can either see the content as a complete list or by icons. Pressing the different media icons, you could see the files under one icon representation which would be images, music or video.

With Apple products, we were able to retrieve data from the MobileLite as well as send data to it.

When it came down to using an Android device, we notice the layout doesn’t look as nice as it did on the Apple device. Unfortunately, this is the case for many applications. We needed to spend more time with the unit using our ASUS tablet and HTC phone so this is the reason for having more images.

Under settings you have access to a ‘General’ tab which states device name, battery charge and firmware. Under ‘Connection’ we see the device is visible to everyone on the network, channel and security level. Lastly, we have ‘Network Connection’ which lists all the wireless connections in range.

Arrangement of the data can be viewed altogether or individually under three categories: images, music and video.

In our last image we see that you have the option to move data. The ways of doing so is by email and move/copy function or you can simply delete the data. When it comes to moving data, it’s only between the MobileLite and the wireless device you are using.

When it came down to transferring data to the MobileLite from our tablet, we were not successful. This was not the case with the Apple version. Kingston has stated that in upcoming revisions to the app, this will change as there are just too many Android devices to test and program for. So, this can be a hit or miss for you.


Conclusion

I read it somewhere where someone stated that the iPhone is the number one selling camera. More photos are being taken with the iPhone than any other camera out there. If this is the case, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless is the ideal companion for those individuals. Because of the fixed storage capacity iPhones have, you can offload all those images that are taking up all the data space and transfer them to the MobileLite. All that can be done in time or without having to configure for a local area network. The MobileLite has its own hotspot capabilities so the transfer can be done in a jiffy, anytime and anywhere.

Android users, on the most part, will get the same benefits out of the MobileLite Wireless same with the Apple users. But because of the different versions of Google Android's operating system and having the need for a unique program for each, some of the devices would have some trouble with the current version of the app. It may lack some features such as data transfer from a portable device to the Kingston product which we did experience. Like we stated in the review, Kingston is working on updating the app so we expect to see improvements over time. Hence, this isn't the case for all Android products.

Another good use we could see to the MobileLite is its usage for audio and video freaks. By now, we all know that flash drives are relatively cheap and because so many devices like car audio and televisions will accept them natively, you don’t have to worry about using a CD or DVD. With that being said, you can keep that data on the USB flash drive, insert it into the MobileLite and continue sharing it with mobile devices like phones and tablets.

The MobileLite Wireless serves another significant purpose of being a portable charger. It is nice to know that in the time of need, you would be able to charge your portable device using this product. We know that phones and tablets are getting faster and faster so that means battery life is getting shorter and shorter. So, this will become handier than you think.

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless can be found on Amazon for $69.99 making it very affordable. Throwing in a Kingston flash drive or flash media and you will have plenty of storage for music and videos.

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