ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review


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ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Closer Look

The DashDrive Air AE800 is not the first device of this type developed by ADATA. The AE400, which has been on the market for a bit longer than the AE800, is not quite as capable as the AE800. It has a 5000 mAh battery and does not have an internal storage option, but it does allow wireless data transfers between mobile devices and an SD card, a USB flash drive, or an external hard drive. However, having 500 GB of storage on-board and only having to tote one additional device along rather than two or more is very appealing.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The retail box contents include the AE800, a USB 3.0 cable, a wall adapter, and a quick start guide. The quick start guide is helpful, but more literature should have been included with this device.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 has a nice glossy finish to it and is a fairly compact device. It is advertised as a 2.5″ wireless HDD.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

On the front-end of the device, you will find two ports; the port on the left is a USB port that is used to charge external devices. The port on the right is the micro USB port that is put to use when the ADATA AE800 is used as an external hard drive.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The status indicator lights are located on the top of the AE800 and include (from left to right) the power indicator, external HDD indicator, bridge mode indicator, and wireless signal LED. The power indicator will change colors depending upon the battery’s status:

  • Power level 50-100% – Green
  • Power level 25-49% – Yellow
  • Power level 0-24% – Red
  • Unit charging – Flashing light

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The perimeter of the ADATA AE800 is constructed of metal and has a chrome finish. The reset and power buttons are located on the left-side of the device. The image above gives you the idea of the device’s thickness, which is at least twice as thick as your garden-variety smartphone.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

I appreciate the fact that ADATA was kind enough to place some rubber feet on the bottom of the AE800, which helps to prevent desktop slippage.


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1 comment

  1. Mack

    Thanks for the Review.
    It is a little disappointing that it requires that certain types of streaming to be thru a specific app.

    It would have been nice to at least include some comparison data from another USB 3.0 HDD.

    In one section there is a statement: “The primary function of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 is not to serve as an external hard drive.”. This sort of seems counter to the device’s name.

    But overall, the review is appreciated.

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