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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.