SanDisk Ul­tra Dual USB Drive

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - by Kenny Yeo

CON­CLU­SION A novel ap­proach for eas­ier file trans­fers to and from your mo­bile de­vice, but only limited d to An­droid.

There are many ways to trans­fer and share files be­tween mo­bile de­vices, most of them inel­e­gant. Wire­lessly, iOS has Air­Drop and for An­droid, there’s al­ways Blue­tooth or NFC for newer de­vices. You could also use cloud stor­age ser­vices like Drop­box, but that gen­er­ally in­volves first up­load­ing the file, wait­ing for it to sync, and then down­load­ing them on the tar­get de­vice. If you’re more old school, you could al­ways send the file through e-mail. How­ever, these meth­ods are vi­able only if the file size is small as you’d likely in­cur data charges or have to find a con­ve­nient Wi-Fi spot. To trans­fer sub­stan­tial amounts of files, you could de­cide to swap SD cards – un­less of course your phone doesn’t sup­port ex­ter­nal mem­ory. Like we said, inel­e­gant.

For desk­top and note­books, noth­ing re­ally beats hav­ing a good old USB flash drive handy and SanDisk feels there’s no rea­son for the smart­phone and tablet gen­er­a­tion should miss out on it, so they cre­ated the SanDisk Ul­tra Dual USB Drive.

The Dual USB Drive is unique be­cause it is de­signed to let users quickly trans­fer large amounts of data be­tween an An­droid de­vice and your com­puter. It achieves this by hav­ing con­nec­tors at both ends of the drive. On one end, there’s a USB 2.0 con­nec­tor that con­nects to any stan­dard PC or Mac, and on the other, a mi­cro USB con­nec­tor that sup­ports USB OTG (On-The-Go) spec­i­fi­ca­tions for plug-and-play com­pat­i­bil­ity with most An­droid de­vices. SanDisk keeps a com­pat­i­bil­ity list on­line, so you should re­fer to it be­fore pur­chas­ing to en­sure it works with your de­vice.

If it does, then get­ting started is dead sim­ple, just plug it into the mi­cro USB port of your de­vice and once con­nected, con­tents on the drive can be viewed us­ing any file man­ager app on your de­vice or with SanDisk’s Mem­ory Zone app. We rec­om­mend the lat­ter be­cause it is more fullfea­tured and in­tu­itive, plus it neatly shows you how much space on the drive is taken up by what kind of me­dia - pho­tos, mu­sic or videos.

Now, SanDisk opted for USB 2.0 in­stead of the newer USB 3.0 stan­dard to en­sure greater com­pat­i­bil­ity for a wider range of de­vices. Re­mem­ber, the Dual USB Drive is de­signed for con­ve­nient file trans­fers, not speed. Still, on the per­for­mance front, we found the SanDisk Ul­tra USB Dual Drive to be suf­fi­ciently snappy. It took about 1 minute 45 sec­onds to trans­fer a sin­gle 720p video file that is about 800MB in size from the drive to our An­droid test de­vice.

All in all, the SanDisk Ul­tra USB Dual Drive is a nifty de­vice that is use­ful if you find yourself hav­ing to trans­fer large amounts of data be­tween An­droid de­vices and your com­puter of­ten.

SanDisk’s Mem­ory Zone app hand­ily breaks down ca­pac­ity us­age for users.

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