Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile review

This device combines an SSD, a router, card reader and a battery

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile
Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile

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I'm in two minds when it comes to the AeroMobile. It is a great storage solution for those who are looking for this type of product, but others are likely to be taken aback by the sheer price per GB.

We liked

The AeroMobile is fast – indeed it's the fastest non-DIY wireless storage device we've tested. That is, of course, thanks to its flash-based storage. Opting for that solution also means a more resistant product, and one which enjoys a higher-than-average battery life.

We disliked

That said, 128GB of storage is not a lot compared to other products. True, you can add a 128GB SD card to double the available storage to 256GB for less than double the price, but that's your lot when it comes to expansion capabilities.

Final verdict

So, should you buy this offering? That all depends on your use case. For those who reckon that Verbatim's MediaShare wireless storage router might actually be a better option because it has a USB port, beware!

The latter is bulkier, heavier, only has a USB 2.0 port and only allows five people to connect. However, it costs a mere £24.99 (around $38, AU$47) and adding a 128GB SDXC card or USB 3.0 flash drive would only double the price, so it would still be about half the cost of the AeroMobile.

The other attractive option, especially if you're after storage, is to get a wireless hard disk drive like the ones we've mentioned at the beginning of this review. Seagate's Wireless Plus 2TB portable hard drive has 16 times the capacity of the AeroMobile and costs only 45% more.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.