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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review



The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a clever little device that allows you to store and stream content to popular mobile devices. Think of it as a personal cloud to store extra stuff when you’re running out of space on your iPad, Kindle or smart phone.

We tested the Connect Media Drive using an iPad during a recent trip. The iPad is running low on storage so we figured it would be a good solution to load a few movies on the SanDisk connect and simply stream them to the iPad.

Making sure all electronics are charged before a trip is the first step. The connect uses a standard micro USB cable for data transfer when connected to a PC and charging. We loaded a few movies onto the media drive we encoded from DVD and Blu-ray over the last few years.

The Connect ships from the factory in unprotected wireless mode. So anything you put on the drive will be visible to anyone in range with the media drive app installed. The media drive app has basic options to allow you to toggle through different type of media.

We found all our videos but not all the codecs were supported. So in the end only 2 of the 4 videos we loaded would play. That could be a major bummer for anyone that loaded a bunch of videos expecting them to play on a long trip.

Next we added an SD card to the Connect. It takes a bit of effort to fully engage the card in the slot. It could be because we received an early production unit but we’d like to see a smoother operating slot. Despite that it was a cool way to instantly share pics over wifi to anyone with the app that wanted to grab them while at a recent gathering. We made an effort to fully format the card before taking pics so we didn’t share any old stuff by accident.

The SanDisk Connect Media Drive is an interesting device that helps bridge the gap when your mobile device is out of storage or you simply want to share content in an easy way to multiple devices and connectivity to the larger internet or what we traditionally think of the cloud is lacking.

Visit SanDisk for more information about the Connect Media Drive and all the specs.

Motorola TX500 Bluetooth Speakerphone Review



The Motorola TX500 Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone is extremely easy to pair with a smart phone and has excellent sound. For anyone looking to add basic hands free capability to their vehicle the TX500 is a great value.

Motorola has updated its line of Bluetooth 3.0 speakerphones with nicer lines and has made them even easier to use. When you turn on the TX500 a friendly voice walks you through the steps of pairing it to your phone. It really could not be easier. It literally takes seconds.

The sound quality is very good in both directions with the TX500. The 2 watt speaker has an EQ setting that sounds great right out of the box. The unit has a standby time of about 6 months and a talk time of 45 hours. We like that it gives us a battery status whenever it’s turned on so we can charge it if the battery is getting low. This was never an issue as we simply charged it on the weekend.

For under $50 it’s hard to go wrong with the Motorola TX500 and we recommend it to anyone looking for basic hands free capability with excellent sound.

Visit Motorola for more information about the TX500 and other speakerphones

 

Grove Bamboo iPhone Case





















If you want a really cool custom case for your iPhone, iPad or just some bamboo art to throw on the wall check out what the hipsters at Grove are doing in Portland OR.

One of our sound engineers showed up with this new design based on an image his brother created for him. He sent it to the folks at Grove and $130 and a couple of months later his case showed up. It’s a tight fitting custom bamboo work of art.

Yes, that’s a bit of change to pay for a case when you can pick up a basic Speck unit that will do the job for $20. However, it you plan on keeping your gadget for a while or want to surprise someone with a personalized case it’s pretty nice.

Grove has been around a while but we had never taken the time to actually check out a case. We were impressed at how tight fitting and solid it felt. Nice work out of Portland and worth considering if you want to splurge.

Visit Grove for more information.

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