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ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review

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ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review

By Greg Schepers

Manufacturer: ADATA Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD and Power Bank
Model Number: AAE800-500GU3-CUSBK
UPC: 4713435797662
Price As Tested: $115.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure:  The product sample used in this article has been provided by ADATA.

The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD and Power Bank, which Benchmark Reviews recently had a chance to look at in detail, is a very interesting device indeed. It is clear that the goal here was to develop a piece of hardware that could fill a number of different voids for people constantly on the go. One of the ADATA AE800′s features is to serve as a power bank, ensuring that you can continue remain productive and stay in communication when unable to find an outlet to charge your devices. Considering that the AE800 has 5200 mAh on-board capacity, it should have no problem keeping you up and running. Also, it comes with 500GB of storage, so you have plenty of space for movies, music, and other files. Finally, the ADATA AE800 can serve as a wireless hotspot. Sound interesting? Read on to find out more.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800

Our goal is to determine how well the ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 can perform the functions that it advertises. So, we will employ a few different devices and test its Samba/WebDAV streaming protocol and its 5200 mAh power bank. In addition, we will see how quick it’s USB 3.0 transfer rates are when compared to a dedicated USB 3.0 external hard drive.

ADATA AE800 Features

  • Portable Charger: 5200 mAh
  • Portable Wireless Hotspot
  • State-of-the-Art Wireless Technology
  • Up to 3 users can simultaneously stream 1080P video, and up to 5 users can simultaneously stream 720p video
  • Supports up to 8 users at once when utilized as a wireless hotspot

ADATA AE800 Specifications

Ports Micro-B USB 3.0 (data transmission & battery charging),
USB AF(Power Bank function)
Capacity 500GB
Battery Li-Polymer 5200mAh rechargeable battery
Dimensions (L x W x H) 134 X 80 X 22mm  (5.3 X 3.2 X 0.9in)
Weight 280g (9.9oz)
Wireless Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Power Bank 5200 mAh
Warranty One Year Warranty


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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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