Do you need an easy backup solution for your computer? Cloud services and external hard drives are your traditional choices, but you’ll find wireless drives to be just as reliable and effective in storing user-generated content. Convenient and ideal for the mobile lifestyle, wireless drives are available in a variety of storage capacities, forms and styles. They also differ in terms of transfer speed and price. Here are some of the best wireless drives money can buy in 2016.
Corsair Voyager Air 2
The Corsair Voyager Air 2 Wireless Mobile Storage has everything you need from a wireless drive. To name a few, this Corsair product offers cloud storage syncing, USB 3.0 connection, Internet pass-through and Apple TV support. Media streaming is as good as it can get with a Wi-Fi 802.11n network. The built-in battery can get you through the day; it’s capable of lasting up to seven hours of video streaming on a single full charge.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
What’s more portable and convenient than a wireless portable hard drive? A wireless flash drive, of course. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 64GB is smaller than other products mentioned here, but it comes packing with features such as up to 200GB storage, automatic backup and reliable wireless connectivity. It allows up to three devices to stream content simultaneously and lasts up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of nonstop video streaming.
Seagate Wireless Plus
In terms of content sharing, the Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB Portable Hard Drive with Built-in WiFi is one of the better options in that it generously allows up to eight devices to connect (although only three can stream HD-quality videos at the same time). It also supports several platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Amazon’s Fire OS. Using the drive is as simple as dragging and dropping files, and a companion app offers automatic media syncing.
Toshiba Canvio AeroCast 1TB
The Toshiba Canvio AeroCast 1TB Wireless Hard Drive comes with 1 terabyte of storage, an SD card slot and Google Cast compatibility. The drive’s pass-through mode lets it connect to the Internet and share access thru its Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n network. Alternately, if you already have wired-only external hard drives lying around, the Toshiba Canvio Wireless Adapter for External Hard Drives transforms these drives to wireless storages.
Western Digital My Passport Wireless
Convenient and adaptable for many uses, the WD 2TB My Passport Wireless Portable External Hard Drive offers a USB 3.0 port, built-in SD card slot and support for FTP. It has Wi-Fi 802.11n connectivity with dual-stream setup for faster data transfer speeds, giving it a competitive edge against other wireless drives. On average, WD My Passport Wireless delivers up to 6 hours of continuous video streaming with 20 hours of standby. Available storage capacities are 1TB and 2TB.
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