Thanks to a lot of advancements, smartphones and tablets have become the go to tool for portable data consumption. While it works great for Internet access and music streaming, these device have their limitations in battery life, sharing content, and storage capacity. The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 could be the solution to all those shortcomings in one single package.
Originally seen back at COMPUTEX 2013, The DashDrive AE800 is a portable 500 GB storage device you can use to wirelessly connect to your smartphone or tablet via its free DashDrive Air Elite App (available on iOS and Android). Now you can just bring your video library with you and stream it in 1080p up to three devices at once. Or you can stream 720p up to 5 devices at once making it a great companion on family road trips. Although this doesn't have the functionality of say a Western Digital My Cloud, it does offer a great solution for those times when you can't access a high speed mobile network to access your media.
If portable wireless storage was the only thing the DashDrive Air did, it would be a great item; however, it does much more. The DashDrive also has a 5200 mAh power bay that you can use to charge cell phones and tablets. It can also be used a network hotspot to share an existing Internet connection with up to 8 devices on 802.11 b/g/n. This all-in-0ne portable storage solution covers all the weakness of other portable devices with style.
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ADATA Sends a Strong Signal with Launch of DashDrive Air AE800
Wireless hard disk drive and power bank targets smartphone and tablet computer users
October 1, 2013 - ADATA™ Technology has launched the company’s second foray into wireless storage, announcing the release of the DashDrive Air AE800. Incorporating a wireless HDD that can serve data to multiple mobile devices, the AE800 delivers the added functions of power bank and wireless hotspot, simultaneously meeting the most common needs of smartphone and tablet computer users.
Mobile devices continue to surge in popularity, bringing forth a new set of data storage and transmission requirements. The AE800 packs a robust 500 gigabytes of storage, and can stream data to iOS & Android mobile devices through the freely downloaded DashDrive Air Elite App (Apple App Store and Google Play). Wireless enabled desktop computers as well as notebooks can also read and write data easily, providing fast and secure storage either with or without the use of a transmission cable. In wireless mode, up to 3 users can simultaneously stream 1080p video, and up to 5 users can simultaneously stream 720p video.
The AE800 also functions as an easy to operate wireless hotspot, with support for 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. With the created network bridge, an existing Internet connection can be shared by up to 8 devices. Users can access AE800 data and connect to the Internet simultaneously.
One of the most useful features of the AE800 is the 5200 mAh power bank, which can charge today’s power-hungry cellphones and tablets. The AE800 is easily charged through any powered USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.
“The increasingly widespread use of smartphones has created a new kind of need for mobile storage solutions, because most smartphones have insufficient capacity to store the large volumes of photo and video data that users are creating,” said Douglas Tsai, Brand Marketing Director at ADATA. “The DashDrive Air AE800 is a fast and convenient storage solution in today’s ever more wireless world.”