Some of the best personal cloud machines.
As methods to store data advance, new technologies trickle into the consumer market which make storage and backup easier and faster. The marriage of a hard drive and Wi-Fi seems like an obvious one, but many people are still unaware of the benfits that can be enjoyed from these wireless, portable hard drives. For photographers on the go to families streaming movies in the living room, a wireless hard drive has multiple applications and is the next evolutionary step upwards from a standard portable hard drive.
WD My Passport Wireless
The WD My Passport Wireless allows for on-the-go data backup from your tablet, smartphone or laptop. Like other portable wireless hard drives, it’s Wi-Fi enabled for easy connections but also has a USB 3.0 port. Stream video for up to six hours with the rechargeable battery which also offers 20 hours of standby time.
The WD My Passport Wireless can connect up to 8 devices simultaneously and comes in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB options. There’s a built-in SD card slot too.
Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB
Seagate’s 2TB model with built-in Wi-Fi can syncrhonise with Dropbox and Google Drive to bring your cloud closer to you.
The device can stream up to three different movies to three devices at the same time, and can connect through Samsung’s smart TVs and Airplay.
Corsair Voyager Air
Creating its own Wi-Fi hotspot, just like the others, the Corsair Voyager Air has 1TB of storage and comes in black or red. The battery claims to last up to 5 hours when operating on Wi-Fi.
Samsung wireless mobile media device
Samsung’s mobile media device offers 1.5TB and up to 7 hours of battery life. You can charge your mobile device from it and it can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously.
For a much cheaper (and smaller) option, Kingston’s Wi-Drive offers a perfect solution. Share media with up to three devices at the same time, and store up to 32GB or 64GB dependng on which model you purchase.