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Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Review
      #47471 - 12/30/14 08:13 PM

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 is a wireless hard drive, a card reader and a portable battery in one with built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB 3G connectivity support. The drive offers plenty of storage space and can share data with up to 8 users and stream 5 HD movies simultaneously. The wireless drive works with Kingston's free mobile app that's available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire phones and tablets.



Design

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 is bigger than its predecessor, the MobileLite Wireless G1. The drive measures 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces. It has a sturdy plastic housing with matte black surface and white plastic band. All ports live on the sides along with the power button and LED lights. The micro USB recharging port lives next to the power button and you can use the drive while it's being recharged. The LED lights indicate power/battery status, and local and Internet connectivity status. The 2.0 USB port and the full SD card slot live together on one side, and the Ethernet port lives on the opposite of the micro USB side. The MobileLite Wireless G2 comes with a USB charging cable and a microSD card adapter.



Features

As a hard drive, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 can work directly with USB drives and SD card/microSD cards in addition to wireless files. This means you can get media files including movies, music and photos as well as PDF documents to the drive directly from a USB flash drive or a SD or microSD card or from your phone or tablet. The USB port on the drive is a USB 2.0 port, and it'll work with any USB 3.0 drive but won't have USB 3.0 speed. Wireless file transfer is super fast on Wi-Fi. The drive supports Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS X v10.6 and newer and Linux v2.6 and newer. One thing the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 is superior to the Patriot Aero drive is its wide-range file systems support. It supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS and exFAT file systems. We tested the drive with the iPhone 6 and the iPad Air 2 as well as Android tablets, and found it working flawlessly as a file server with all devices.

As a streaming server, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 can connect to up to 8 devices and stream to up to 5 devices simultaneously. Media playback supports MP3, WAV, mp4 (H. 264 video codec), m4V, jpg and tif; and requires capable media players/viewers installed on your devices. For photos, the MobileLite can display slideshows with locally stored files. It can also play media files on your SD cards and USB flash drives. You can even transfer files between a SD card and USB drive without copying them to the drive first. The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 doesn't support DLNA or AirPlay via your Wi-Fi network. You need to connect your mobile devices directly to the drive to stream media. Luckily, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 offers bridged network connection which turns it into a Wi-Fi access point. The Wi-Fi interface offers WPA2 security protection and it supports WEP as well. If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, the Kingston also can connect to the Net via its built-in WLAN Ethernet port. If you have none of those, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 also supports 3G USB dongle. Very convenient!



The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 has one more trick up its sleeve. It also has a 4640mAh Lithium-Ion battery that can keep the drive running for up to 13 hours of continuous use or charge your mobile phone or tablet. It can charge an iPhone 6 in 2 hours and top up tablets.

The App

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 works with Kingston's MobileLite App that provides you with an interface for file transferring, media playback, network settings and more. The app is easy to use and keeps things simple. It also offers social media sharing features for your files.



Conclusion

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 is a very useful tool if you want to share media files or documents with a small circle of family and friends in the age of cloud computing. The connection between the drive and devices can be secure and you can choose what to share on social networks and what to share locally. The drive offers SD card, USB drive and wireless inputs and it gives you several ways to connect including Wi-Fi, WLAN and 3G. Downsides include USB 2.0 support only, no DLNA or AirPlay support and no USB hard drive mounting on PC and Mac.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 3.5
What's Hot: Easy to set up and use, several connectivity options, secure and built-in extra large battery that can charge your phone and tablet.
What's Not: No DLNA or AirPlay support.
Price: $69.99
Web site: Kingston

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang









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