Ever since I've had the chance to handle the Sony Alpha 5000, as well as my new baby the Panasonic Lumix GM1, I've fallen in love with their wi-fi capabilities to transfer the photos taken directly to my iPhone to be shared on my social media platforms instantly. Hence, when this cool Kingston Digital Mobilite Wireless Flash Reader (MLW221) arrived from Lazada the other day, I just had to open it and test it out immediately! Read on below for my review of this gadget.
|Kingston Digital Mobilite Wireless Flash Reader (MLW221)|
The The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is this rather nifty device that allows both iOS and Android devices to access the contents of USB drives and SD cards wirelessly. All one has to do is to plug in the USB Drives or SD cards from the camera, switch on the device, search up the wi-fi via the smartphone app, connect and voila! Our data can be transferred 'magically' without wires.
|The simple packaging of Kingston's Mobilite Wireless|
|Unboxing the Kingston Digital Mobilite Wireless Flash Reader (MLW221)|
The device came in a rather simple packaging, containing basic yet important items inside, namely the Wireless Flash Reader itself, 'getting started' instructions, a USB cable, and a MicroSD card adapter. This isn't an overly complicated product, hence the items provided were more than enough to get the job done.
|It isn't overly large, and can fit in my hand nicely|
The Kingston Mobilite Wireless is pretty light weighing at 980gm, measuring 125x60x17mm. When the Power button is pressed and held for 3 seconds, the device will turn on, creating a 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless network. This is extremely useful and one of the key features of the flash reader, being able to transmit wirelessly data and photographs from the device to my tablet and smartphones.
|The SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot at one end of the device|
Featuring an SD card slot, a micro sd can be fitted in too using the accompanied micro sd card adapter. Testing using my USb hard disk, as well as my SD card from my DSLR, the device worked rather effortlessly, to detect and transfer the photos directly to my iPhone wirelessly.
|USB and Micro USB port on the Kingston Mobilite Wireless|
The other end of the unit features USB and Micro USB port for inserting a USB Flash drive or to connect directly to our smartphone. The contents of any USB storage devices or SD cards plugged into the MobileLite can then be accessed using the Kingston MobileLite iOS or Android app. It is fairly simple to use, albeit the graphical user interface and features are really too simple.
|The Mobilite Wireless iOS app|
|The simple to use interface, just connect to the Kingston Mobilite Wireless network|
I could browse files in an alphabetical list or switch to dedicated tabs showing only music, photos or videos. Neither version, be it the android or iOS version lets me upload files from my mobile device to the storage though, so it is more of a one-way affair, which is actually fine by me. My main purpose is to send the photo from the device to my iPhone to share online.
|Small, thin, and very functional|
The Kingston Digital Mobilite Wireless is a very handy tool to have, which doubles up as a backup battery storage for my smartphones on top of the main function to transfer data wirelessly. Do check out the link http://www.lazada.com.my/kingston-mobilelite-wireless-523635.html for the current latest offer by Lazada. It is currently being sold on Lazada Malaysia for RM169, with a 35% discount off its list price of RM259. Do check it out if you ever need a device to send photos directly from your SD Card to your smartphone.