ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Final Thoughts
Power banks are pouring into the market thanks to the fact that we are more and more becoming a mobile society. Having access to data and communications at all times for many of us is a must, and the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 helps to ensure we stay connected. In addition, the AE800 offers features in as single device that are hard to come by; in addition to serving as a power bank, it is a wireless hotspot and and a 500GB external hard drive.
As compelling as this device seems, there are a few items that could have made it better. First, I’m still wondering why ADATA would not include a comprehensive user’s guide for this device. The supplied Quick Start Guide gives you a very basic operational overview, but more guidance is required. For example, troubleshooting would have been helpful when I was trying to get the ASUS Memopad HD to stream music and video. Also, when streaming music and video from the device, you are required to use the audio and video player incorporated into the app. I’m sure many of us would like to use our favorite music and video app instead.
ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Conclusion
In all phases of testing, the performance of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 lived up to the company’s claims for the most part. It’s function as a power bank was right on the money, if not slightly exceeding expectations. The transfer rates while utilizing the AE800 as a USB 3.0 external hard drive are consistent with other USB 3.0 external hard drives that I have used. The wireless capability also lived up to ADATA’s claims. The only glitch was the unstable music and video streaming on the ASUS Memopad HD.
The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 has a very simple, yet elegant appearance. The glossy black finish is complemented with a chromed metal band around the perimeter of the device, both of which will be littered with fingerprints. The LED status indicator lights are not overdone and add some contrast to the top of the device.
Many external hard drives I have encountered in the past left me with the impression that they could fragment into a million pieces if dropped. That is certainly not the case with the ADATA AE800. Consisting of a hard plastic shell and a metal band protecting the perimeter, you will appreciate the quality of construction implemented into this design. ADATA did not cut any corners to ensure that the AE800 would withstand the rigors that a portable device is certain to experience.
The testing phase went well as all facets of this device functioned as ADATA had claimed, which makes the AE800 a unique and desirable device. The ADATA DashDrive Elite app is very straight forward and easy to use. Again, I would like to mention that ADATA should seriously consider producing, at the very least, an in-depth online user manual so owners will understand and be able to take advantage of the full capabilities of this device.
The ADATA AE800 is in the price range of a 2TB external hard drive, but it is far beyond merely being an external hard drive. Considering the fact that it has 500GB of storage, can provide several users with access to streaming audio, video, files on-board, and the internet, it is hard to pass up at the suggested retail price.
As of December 19, 2013, the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 is advertised for $115.99 (Amazon). This device is a great value if you consider all of the devices it replaces, all at a reasonable cost to the consumer. I can foresee it becoming a popular device and spur a surge in like devices.
+ USB 3.0 Transfer rates
+ Power bank performance
+ Stable wireless connection
+ App is user-friendly
+ Solidly built/made to travel
- Quick start poster lacks documentation
- Holy fingerprints, Batman!
- Choppy stream on 1 of the 3 test devices
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
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