Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Macworld Australia Staff
5 December, 2013
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Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Kingston, www.kingston.com

Pros 

Streams media from USB and SDHC cards; charges mobile devices

Cons 

No internal storage of its own

$79.99

Reviews

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a quality portable Wi-Fi multimedia streamer and backup battery for mobile devices. The lightweight device (98g) spans 124.8 x 59.9 x 17.3mm and, as it can simultaneously stream different media to three devices, this makes it very easy to share media with friends, family or colleagues. Minimal in design, the MobileLite Wireless features three ports – USB 2.0, SD/SDHC card and Micro USB – and a power button. To connect to an iOS, Kindle or Android device, users need to connect to the MobileLite’s Wi-Fi and download Kingston’s free app. Kingston has made the process very simple and efficient: once the connection is made and a card/USB drive is inserted, the media content is pushed to the connected devices. The MobileLite Wireless also works in the opposite direction. Images and videos from an iOS or Android device can be wirelessly transferred onto the storage device inserted in the MobileLite. The app divides the card/USB drive’s content into Photos, Videos, Music and an all-inclusive Files tab and, in a nice touch, separates any content you have sent to the MobileLite from your current device from the rest of the data. Connecting to a Windows PC or Mac is a corded affair. Compatible with Windows XP or later and OS X 10.5 or later, the MobileLite requires users to connect the supplied USB 2.0 cable into both devices. While this isn’t ideal, it may prove useful to 11in MacBook Air users who lack the in-built SDXC card slot featured in Apple’s larger MacBook ranges. The lack of in-built storage isn’t ideal either. But with the reasonable cost of high-capacity USB drives or SD cards, this certainly isn’t a deal-breaker by any means. The device’s 1800 mAh Li-Polymer battery will provide up to five hours of use. From our testing it was quick to charge, but didn’t quite make the five-hour mark. If required, the 1800 mAh battery would charge an iPhone 5 (1440 mAh capacity) or an iPhone 5s (1560 mAh), but only provides a small extension to the iPad Air’s 8820mAh battery life.   Bottom line As SD cards and USB drives increase in both storage size and price, and high definition files demand more allotted space, users of mobile devices with small capacities will have to turn to options such as the MobileLite Wireless. For others wishing to share, store or view media on mobile devices while travelling or working, the MobileLite is a quality choice and, despite lacking in-built storage, the Kingston device is very well-priced and worth considering.

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