ASUS Travelair N Wireless 1TB Hard Disk Review

Introduction


When it comes to storage you can either go the ordinary and boring route, or you can opt for something that breaks with the norm with more features than you would expect. I’m taking a closer look at ASUS’ Travelair N today which is a portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive that also works wirelessly with a built-in access point, comes with an SD card reader built-in, and has One-Touch NFC capabilities on top of the 1TB storage capacity.

The ASUS Travelair N ‏(WHD-A2) is a 1TB portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive at heart and that in itself isn’t without. You can easily carry 500 movies, thousands of photos, songs, and files with you where ever you go. An ordinary portable drive has some limitations on the road, mainly the connection interface. What if you would like to access the drive from your mobile phone or tablet? What if you are far from a power outlet? Well, that is no problem with the Travelair N that comes with built-in wireless network capabilities and a battery.

Using the 2.4GHz band, the Travelair N can connect to pretty much any wireless devices available. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11b, g, and n-style connections which cover the entire spectrum of the wireless band. The antennas are internal, so you don’t need to worry about connecting them or breaking them off either. The Travelair N uses enterprise-level WPA2 wireless security to connect with your smart phone or tablet, ensuring all of your content is kept private and secure.

Not only does it come with built-in wireless capabilities, the drive also features a built-in 3300 mAh battery that is rated for up to 8-hours usage. This should be plenty of time until you’re near a charging ability again.

And no, ASUS didn’t stop here and added more features to this drive. The Travelair N supports NFC technology for instant one-touch connection to supported devices without any configuration needs. Simply touch your NFC-supported smart phone or tablet to the drive and you can browse your media library and files straight away.

The final feature of the drive itself is the built-in SD card slot that lets you back up your data from memory cards with simple steps. This is the perfect solution to empty the memory cards onto a larger storage medium and keep shooting those photos while you got the opportunity.

ASUS created the AiDrive companion app which is available on almost any platform: iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android devices. The app features an intuitive user interface to let you quickly and easily view and share your photos, videos, and files.

The Travelair N can connect with up to five devices simultaneously when transferring files and up to three devices when streaming movies in HD quality. This allows you to easily share a single drive between multiple systems, devices, and people.

A portable drive needs to have a better resistance to environmental hazards and the Travelair N features an IP43-rated water-resistant design. This should guarantee a protection from accidental splashes and spills onto the drive.

With all the talk about USB 3.0 for PC connections and wireless for mobile devices, we shouldn’t forget that we also can connect a drive like this to all our other smart devices with USB or wireless capabilities, may they be gaming consoles, smart TVs, or something else.

Feature Highlights

  • One-Touch NFC for easy connection
  • Integrated SD Card reader expands storage capacity
  • Connect up to five devices simultaneously
  • Splash-proof design with IP43 water resistance
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use companion app

Package and Accessories

ASUS packed the Travelair N in a horizontal shaped box which is unlike most that come more square. That’s very fitting for a drive like this that is anything but ordinary. The front will let you know what you purchase in a simplistic design including features and capacity.

On the rear of the box, you find a lot more details to the different functions such as environmental protection, wifi, and NFC.

Inside the box was a USB 3.0 cable, a warranty card and safety notice as well as the quick start guide. Normally there would also be an AD/DC power adapter for charging purposes, but that was missing in my review sample.

Samsung SDI Able To Mass Produce Curved Batteries

The Galaxy Round which was released earlier this month has a short battery-life given the 2,800 mAh battery it packs. It was criticized for the smaller capacity compared to most recent smartphones with batteries well over 3,000 mAh. Even the Galaxy Note 3 has a battery-life ration with its 3,200 mAh battery.

This is due to the curved body of the phone´s shape and the battery being flat. They could not increase the battery capacity since they could not fit bigger flat batteries into the round frame. In contrast, LG will be releasing their curved smartphone, the G Flex, with the curved battery that LG Chemistry developed. The handset packs a 3,300 mAh battery, greater than the Galaxy Note 3 itself.

But there is some good news in all this. President Sangjin Park of Samsung SDI said that Samsung are now able to mass produce curved battery too. President Park’s statement of the batteries´ availability gives hint that producing the new battery is not the problem. The part they’re concerned about is creating room and fitting them into the phone. They have recently produced over 80,000,000 phones in the recent quarter. It is hard to modify all of them just to fit the flexible battery.

That given, Samsung will not be able to fit the new batteries into their actual released handsets, but we must definitely will see them in their new smartphones. Both Samsung and LG are trying to produce stylish phones such as the Galaxy Round and G Flex to get through current saturation in the phone market and it looks like battery innovation may be part of the solution to their ideas.

Thank you ZDNet Korea for providing us with this information.

HTC One Max Spotted in Public

The most wanted phone that has the word “leaks” attributed alongside its name is undoubtedly the HTC One Max, according to recent statistics. However, multiple photos of the One Max “taking a stroll” in the public were made public today. The facts point out that the One Max is a huge phablet, and also that it has a fingerprint reader at the back, below the camera module. And people love it.

The fingerprint sensor at the back understandably garners most of the attention, with the rest of the device nearly identical to the normal-sized sibling, the HTC One. The Beats logo is gone too, after the two companies ended their partnership with HTC selling back their stake. Also, a retail posting of the HTC One Max finally confirms all of its internal specifications. It lists the 5.9 inch (Super LCD 3) display and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) featured on it. It also confirms the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor powering the device, a disappointment for those who were hoping for the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to be under the hood. 16GB of native storage is listed as is the UltraPixel camera. And a very un-HTC-like 3300mAh battery is also confirmed to be powering the phablet.

There are only a few days left until HTC  officially reveals their first phablet, so hang in there.

Thank you NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid for providing us with this information.

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