Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Drive Review

It never ceases to amaze me how we depend on our mobile devices to do so much. After all, about only 15-20 years ago pagers were still common. Now not only do we have cell phones, but the common thing now is to play games, listen to music, and even watch movies on our cell phone or tablet. The problem is all this content takes up A LOT of space. The problem is many products (such as the iPhone) don’t have memory card slots. Enter the Kingston MobileLite Wireless drive.

Features and Specs:

F E AT U R E S / B E N E F I T S

>>Wireless reader — transfer files to your existing SD & USB

storage from your mobile device

>>Supports multiple users — stream up to three different

movies to three different devices at the same time

>>Versatile — use with smartphones, tablets and PCs through

Wi-Fi capability

>>Battery bank — use the built-in battery to charge your phone

and keep you mobile


>>Inputs for Storage USB and SD — reads SD, SDHC, SDXC and

microSD (with included adapter)

>>Supported File Systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT

>>Dimensions 124.8mm x 59.9mm x 17.3mm;

4.9134" x 2.3583" x 0.6811"

>>Weight 98g

>>Wireless Network Interface Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless

security (WPA2)

>>Rechargeable Battery up to 5 hours of continuous use

>>Battery built-in Li-ion 1810mAh 3.8V

>>Local Storage1 wirelessly transfer files to and from the

MobileLite Wireless app and the MobileLite Wireless hardware

>>Camera Roll support1 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

>>Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C

>>Storage Temperature -10°C to 45°C

>>Guaranteed one-year warranty, free technical support

>>Customizable Device Name (SSID) User selectable Wi-Fi

priority list when there are multiple APN/Key available

>>File Support2 MobileLite Wireless can store any file type.

Playback and viewing are based on the files supported by the

mobile device

>>General file format support2

• Audio: MP3, WAV

• Video3: m4V, mp4 (H. 264 video codec)

• Image: jpg, tif

• Document: pdf

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless drive came in an attractive looking box with pictures and specs. Opening up the box showed a drive that was well protected, wrapped in bubble wrap. The materials used was put metal and part plastic.  Fit and finish appeared good, with a good overall build quality. The included accessories include owners manual, charging cable, and SD card adapter. Thanks to the SD adapter, microSD cards can also be used.

I must admit that I absolutely love the idea of the MobileLite Wireless drive! With it, you basically have your own personal Cloud. You are not limited to the storage space that is built into your portable device. Thanks to the MobileLite, if you have a device like the iPad, you now have access to a world of additional content!

The Kingston MobileLite is also more than providing additional storage access to products that do not have built-in card readers.  Most cell phones with a card slot only take micro SD cards. So larger SD cards won’t work. With the MobileLite, it will work with SD cards and microSD cards. Thanks to the USB slot, you can also use thumb drives with it, and access the data on your thumb drive.

Just in-case this functionality was not enough for you , Kingston has provided even more. The MobileLite is not just for you. Data on your SD card or thumb drive can be shared over its wi-fi connection with up to 3 users. It also doesn’t end there. The MobileLite will also act as an emergency charger. It can be used to charge you cell phone!

Using the MobileLite was very easy. The included owners manual provided simple instructions on how to download the app onto your portable device, and setting up the wi-fi connection. Once the connection between the devices was established, accessing the content was a piece of cake. Photos looked great, and accessing music and playing movies worked well also. The only potential downside is the lack of built-in memory. Having a card slot, you have access to as much memory as you have cards for. But without built-in memory, just don’t forget your SD card!

Kingston came up with another awesome product in their MobileLite Wireless drive. Based on all of the functionality provided, I can’t see why anyone would not want one. It is also cheap, being able to find them online for under $50. Based on it’s design, features, quality and performance, the Kingston Mobile Lite has earned our Value Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at