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Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Greg

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: Easy Extra Storage

If you’re tired of paying Apple’s storage tax- their prices for an upgraded hard drive are a big profit center- then it’s nice to know you have other options. The same is true if you’ve simply gotten addicted to apps, or just want to take a lot of media with you on a trip. Your tablet or laptop’s hard drive is limited, like the one in our Macbook Air, but you don’t need to fret or book a trip to a store to attempt to upgrade it. Instead, you can use an external drive, but then you need to plug it in, and you can’t easily share it. The best alternative is a new set of wireless drives.

The SanDisk Connect is among the best, if you really want to focus on the wireless aspects. You can pass-through an internet connection, sharing it among several devices, which is very handy. And you can even stream HD streams to multiple devices simultaneously, the perfect option if you’re trying to watch your copy of the latest movie with Oscar buzz while your children view a cartoon on repeat.

Ours came with a 64GB SD card, preformatted in a way that works with both PCs and Macs. A more limited capacity model is available at a slightly lower price. But the SD card slot means that you can plug in your own media, which is great if you’re a photographer, professional or otherwise, and want to have your images immediately accessible. Speeds were decent when sharing via wireless, perhaps thanks to the fact it supports 802.11n. Access via the built-in USB connection, though, is unfortunately quite slow (and limited to USB 2.0 rather than 3). The best part of this model is the battery life, up to eight hours on a single charge when streaming videos, and we loved how small and compact this device was- it can even fit into a pocket. It’s also great-looking, with a nicely textured surface, rounded sides, and is aluminum rather than plastic.

Available now for under $100, online and in stores, we definitely plan on bringing the SanDisk Connect with us on our next trip.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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