Kingston Wi-Drive review

Wireless storage for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch – but at a price

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This limited range of supported formats is due to be addressed in a forthcoming (free) update to the iOS app.This will enable you to open files on the Kingston Wi-Drive using other apps on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (as the Seagate GoFlex Satellite already allows).

Importantly, this will also mean you can actually edit the files on the Wi-Drive, rather than just viewing them.

Another current limitation of the app is that it doesn't enable you to copy files from the drive to your device. Again, this will be added in the forthcoming update and will be a useful addition, meaning you can transfer things across to access locally if the Wi-Drive is running low on battery, or move a film onto your iPad before you get onto a flight, since you're not meant to use Wi-Fi in the air.

The update will also allow you to delete items on the Wi-Drive, which you currently have to do on a computer.

We'd also like to see some more attention paid to the app's performance and responsiveness, too. It currently feels a bit slow and cumbersome, and lacks the design panache we've come to expect of good iOS apps. For example, if you tap back out of a video mid-way through, it doesn't remember where you had got to when you next open it. Sigh.

Since the files remain within the Wi-Drive app, you can't integrate music on the drive with the playlists you've already got on your device, for example.

While this limitation is down to the way iOS works rather than the Wi-Drive itself, it still adds an unwelcome layer of complication to getting at your stuff.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Solid State Drive
Wireless LANYes
Product FamilyWi-Drive
Brand NameKingston
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity16 GB
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Height9.9 mm
Width121.4 mm
Depth61.7 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product NameWi-Drive Network Flash Drive
Product LineWi-Drive
Manufacturer Part NumberWID/16GBZ
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With integrated Wi-Fi and four hours of battery life, Kingston's new Wi-Drive offers pocket-sized portable storage and easy file sharing for Apple devices, including iPod touch Gen 3 and 4, iPhone (3G, 3GS, and 4G) and iPad. Accessing or sharing your personal media has never been easier. With Wi-Drive, you can add another 16GB or 32GB of space accessed wirelessly from your digital device and the content can even be shared with two other people so you are no longer limited to the space available within your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.