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With tablet sales increasing every day it was just a matter of time for most manufacturers out there to turn their focus towards that segment of the market to try and get a piece of the pie. Some manufacturers have introduced new tablet models others have further improved the entire tablet concept while others have just been offering compatible peripherals (so far). Kingston was amongst the first to do so with their quite successful wi-drive line a while ago but much like most first attempts there was something missing. True you could use it as a wireless WiFi storage drive but it came with limited storage capacity and at the end of the day it offered just that. Well Kingston has always liked to listen to what their buyers have to say/recommend and so they just recently launched an updated version of the Wi-Drive called the MobileLite Wireless (MLW221) which we've been testing for slightly over a week with very positive results.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
The first thing you will notice when looking at the MobileLite Wireless is that this time over Kingston has used a somewhat less "fancy" chassis compared to the previous Wi-Drive line something which may disappoint people, iPad/iPhone users in particular. The MobileLite Wireless also comes without any kind of interior storage memory and instead you will need to use either your own SD/Micro SD card or a USB stick (something which is a lot more convenient if you ask me). However instead of a fancy exterior and a built-in storage memory Kingston has given the MobileLite Wireless three very useful features, first you can use the units internal 1800mAh Lithium Polymer battery to recharge your portable devices while on the road, second you can share your files simultaneously with up to three different devices and third you can also connect onto the internet via a Wi-Fi spot (or your router obviously) without first having to disconnect from it (just like an range extender). All these sound great but let's see how they translate in real life use.