Kingston Enters iOS Wireless Storage Market with Wi-Drive

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-02 Print this article Print

Basically, the Wi-Drive acts like an 802.11g/n wireless file server with a configurable access point name and security settings.

Seagate went there earlier this month with its GoFlex Satellite, and now Kingston is stepping forth with its own new wireless storage device specifically for iOS devices.

Kingston on June 2 introduced its Wi-Drive portable storage drive for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The NAND flash-based Wi-Drive is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket; it gives users a choice of 16GB or 32GB worth of capacity.

However, it stands apart from Seagate's product, which also is pocket-sized (but thicker, so don't try and stuff it into a shirt pocket unless you want to bust some seams) and carries much more storage (500GB).

The Wi-Drive's purpose is simple: It enables users to carry around more data and exchange files with other iOS device owners using its wireless connection. Basically, the Wi-Drive acts like an 802.11g/n wireless file server with a configurable access point name and security settings.

Users will need to download a free Wi-Drive application from the Apple App Store to use the drive. It can also be connected to other personal computers with its USB connector.

The Wi-Drive features a rechargeable battery that Kingston claims gets up to four hours of continuous use. The device also supports most major audio, video, image and document file formats.

The Wi-Drive will be available at the end of June, Kingston said. The 16GB version will be priced at $130; the 32GB at $175.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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