It’s a trend currently that everything is going wireless; from the more common devices like wireless keyboard bundles. Manufacturers have recently been adding the functionality to storage devices such as external hard drives, memory cards and the like. Today we are going to be looking at one such device; the Kingston MobileLite wireless reader.
When the Kingston MobileLite landed on my desk, I was bit perplexed as to what it was, but once I found out a bit about the device and actually tested it; it seemed silly to me why no-one had done something similar. Put simply the Kingston MobileLite is a device that allows you to share or stream files and media from both SD cards and USB Flash drives easily to your portable devices (up to three devices at once). Whilst also doubling (tripling maybe?) as an emergency backup battery for your portable device as well (at a cost of reducing the length of time you can then use the MobileLite).
• Dimensions 124.8mm x 59.9mm x 16.65mm
• Weight 98g
• Inputs for storage USB and SD — reads SD, SDHC, SDXC and microSD (with included adapter)
• File Format FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT
• Rechargeable battery up to 5 hours of continuous use
• Battery built-in Li-Polymer 1800 mAh 3.7v
• General format support
• Audio: MP3, WAV
• Video: m4V, mp4 (H. 264 video codec)
• Image: jpg, tif
• Document: pdf
• Local storage - wirelessly transfer files to and from the MobileLite Wireless app and the MobileLite Wireless hardware
• Camera Roll support allows users to move photos from their mobile device to MobileLite Wireless in order to free up space
• Cable USB to micro USB cable included
• Playback and viewing are based on the files supported by the mobile device
I was shocked at the small size of the box, standing no taller or wider than some mice we sell, it seemed a diminutive box for the product that was encased within, but anyway onto the review.
The outside of the box I have to say looks very bland, having a small picture of the MobileLite on the front whilst listing the basic features of the device. The box also details contact information for the technical support should you have any issues in setting up or using the device; a plus for this is they actually list a geographical number rather than an 0870 or similar number.
Opening up the box, you get to the actual MobileLite device. Which is snugly fit inside a tray that slides out of the main box; this then has two tabs which fold up and allow you to remove the contents of the tray easily. The reader is supplied in its own bubble bag for extra protection, beneath it in the tray are a USB cable (for charging), a getting started guide, and finally a microSD card adapter (a nice addition).
After removing the MobileLite from its little home, I was instantly struck by how well it felt put together; with it certainly having a nice heft to it. The plastic used for the casing felt very nice and is a nice matte black and gunmetal grey colour. Which means it looks fairly understated.
On the MobileLite we have a micro-USB port on one side, which is used to charge it, that side also has the full-size USB connector with the SD card slot on the opposite side. On the face, there are three status lights which tell you what is going on with the device, from left to right you have the battery light, the wireless light, and the internet light. With the battery light being able to change colour so you can see when it is below 50% and 25% full. Then below the lights we have the power switch which turns it on and off…simple really.