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ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Considering the number of equipped features of the ADATA AE800, the testing phase was fairly extensive. Utilizing my desktop PC, a Motorola Razr Maxx, a Samsung Tab 2, and an ASUS Memopad HD, I tested the wireless speed, the USB 3.0 transfer rates, and power bank features. In order to test the wireless speed, I utilized the OOKLA Speedtest Android App.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
  • System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
  • Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
  • Audio: ASUS XONAR DG Headphone Amp & PCI 5.1 Audio Card
  • Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
  • Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
  • PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27″) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24″)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate

Results

The primary function of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 is not to serve as an external hard drive. However, it does have that capability and that amount of storage clearly comes in handy. One of the tests conducted was to check out the USB 3.0 speed of this device.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The image above is the result for the ADATA HV620 while utilizing ATTO Disk Benchmark.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The results above are from the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800. While coming in a tad under the speeds recorded by the HV600, the results are negligible. So, the AE800 performs very well while using it as an external USB 3.0 hard drive.

There a plenty of reason I’m sure we can all come up with to justify the need for a hotspot. Providing a bunch of people with access to streaming music and video that is contained on the AE800’s hard drive is just one of those reasons. However, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t yet fully appreciate this feature in terms of connecting it to a wireless network. If there is a wireless network in range, why not connect directly to it? This could be a short-sighted view, but that’s beside the point. Let’s test the speed…

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The above results were generated by using the ASUS Memopad HD and reflect the overall speed of the wireless network used for testing the AE800.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

After connecting the ADATA AE800 to the wireless network, I ran the speed test once again. As expected, the resulting speeds are lower, but not as low as anticipated, especially the upload speed.

I would like to point out that streaming music and video from the AE800 to the test devices went well, with one exception. The ASUS Memopad HD had problems generating a stable stream. My guess is that it is ADATA’s firmware. In any event, I tried everything I could think of to get it stabilized, to no avail. Basically, if the stream wasn’t choppy, the “loading” icon hovered over the picture. It looked something like this:

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

The final test was to see how well the power bank performed. Even though there is no real tangible data to present, I can report that the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 is capable of fully charging two devices from critically low battery statuses as long as the AE800 is fully charged and not utilized for any other purpose before initiating a charge. According to the Quick Start Guide, the AE800 takes approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge a device. That time frame was consistent with my experience.


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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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