File these two new gadgets under “solutions to problems you didn’t know you had.”
They’re the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive, made for on-the-go, solid-state storage for, and access to, movies, music, photos and documents. They’re unobtrusive, modestly priced and ridiculously useful.
Take a few movies along on a trip without eating up the storage space on your phone or tablet. Stream a multimedia presentation to several users at once. Or use them to keep a couple of kids in the backseat amused on the road.
The SanDisk devices use chips for data storage rather than a mechanical hard drive. That makes these small and light with a lower out-of-pocket cost. Since they have no moving parts, there’s less risk of a mechanical failure.
The Flash Drive’s tiny hatch covers a slot that houses a removable memory card. It costs $50 for a version with a 16-gigabyte card – enough for seven or so standard-definition movies – and $60 for 32 GB. The palm-sized square Media Drive costs $80 for 32 GB and $100 for 64 GB. – Rich Jaroslovsky, © 2013, Bloomberg News
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