Gear Review // SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

By Theano Nikitas

Sharing content across mobile devices isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Yes, cloud services provide the broadest level of sharing and storage, but you need an Internet connection to access your files. And, yes, there are wireless hard drives that allow you to sync and stream content to and from mobile devices. But the recently announced SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is an affordable and compact solution for photographers who need to transfer or stream images or video clips to one or more mobile devices simultaneously with—or, more importantly, without—an Internet connection. One of its main benefits is the Media Drive’s ability to transfer and stream data wirelessly. While there’s nothing extraordinary about the storage aspect of this device, its wireless capabilities are what really makes the Media Drive a useful piece of hardware. 

This battery-operated compact device is available with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to about 192 GB by inserting an SD/SDHC/SDXC card into the built-in card slot. Images, videos, and other files can be transferred wirelessly to or from the Media Drive (and/or inserted media card) and iOS or Android mobile devices. Although tedious, you can also offload files from your camera’s SD/SDHC/SDXC card when it is inserted into the Media Drive’s card slot. The Media Drive can also be connected to a computer with a USB cable to offload or upload files and perform other functions. (We’ll discuss both of these options in more detail later in the review.) 

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