The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a small device, less than half the size of your average cell phone. It has an aesthetically pleasing look to it, as well. So what does it do? Well, in short, it’s a way to add storage to your wireless multimedia devices. It broadcasts its own Wi-Fi network, which you connect to with your wireless device, and streams audio/video content.
The version we received for review came with a more than adequate 64 GB of onboard storage, but they also come with an SD card slot to enable the user to expand the available space. The device comes with a dummy SD card to fill the slot when otherwise not in use. The actual end-user accessible storage space is about 57.7 GB. A quick check on Amazon proves that the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive can be yours for $106. This is a very fair price for a device that can perform so many different functions.
This device has only the one control button, which serves as an on/off button when held down. Most of the controls are accessed through the user or admin controls in the SanDisk Media Drive app for Android (version 2.3 and up) and iOS, the Apple mobile OS (version 5.0 or higher).
To see if the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is worth a buy, we put it through its paces. First we loaded it up with some of our favourite media, a selection of movies, TV shows, and music that used a wide variety of video/audio codecs. A codec, for those unaware, is the method by which video or audio is digitally compressed, as uncompressed audio/video files are prohibitively large. We also did some testing on the wireless signal put out by the device; through open space and inside and around a house. Then we ran a video over and over until the battery died to find out exactly how long it lasts.