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01.Kingston MobileLite Wireless media hub

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Price: $60

4 1/2 stars out of 5

Imagine being able to take a virtually unlimited amount of movies, music and photos on-the-go without having to actually put them on your smartphone, tablet or even laptop computer. That’s the promise of Kingston’s new MobileLite Wireless hub.

This lightweight, slimline Wi-Fi hub lets you access as much storage capacity as you can carry via USB plug-in and various SD card variations. An adapter is included for microSD. There's no actual built-in storage as such, just a USB port at one end and an SD card slot at the other. It's up to you what you plug into it. This gives you the option of using SD cards, USB thumb drives or even USB external drives (HDD or SSD). 

Charge your phone too

Inside is a battery that powers the unit when you're using it to access your stored documents and multimedia, and serves as a backup battery for your phone when its low on charge (although you can't watch media while using it in charging mode). The 1800mAh battery provides up to a claimed five hours of use or should give most smartphones a full charge.

The 802.11n Wi-Fi in the MobileLite Wireless hub can stream up to three different movies at once. You can also browse the internet when connected to the hub for media viewing, via a clever network pass-through. This is a big improvement on some previous portable hub devices, which would only let you connect via Wi-Fi to the device itself, thus cutting you off from the internet. The pass-through is relatively easy to set up and remembers your configuration, so you don't have to do it every time. To use the MobileLite Wireless you need the free MobileLite app, which is quite straightforward to use.

The MobileLite also acts as a standard SD card reader, so you can plug it into your computer to transfer files to and from the SD card you have installed. Just drag-and-drop your photos, documents, music and movies between devices. A bonus is that you can extend the storage capacity of your smartphone or tablet by transferring photos to it to free up space while on-the-go. 

CHOICE verdict

The MobileLite Wireless can be seen as the next stage in evolution of Kingston’s handy Wi-Drive, which carries 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage. But the support for USB drives and SD card storage, plus the ability to recharge your smartphone, put the MobileLite way ahead for versatility.



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