Kingston Bolt Duo

Stor­age ex­pan­sion for the snap-happy

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Ian Evenden

From $89.99 From Kingston, Needs iOS 9 or later, Light­ning port

This USB drive is avail­able in ca­pac­i­ties up to 128GB, and sports a Light­ning con­nec­tor at one end and USB 3.1 at the other. It acts as stor­age ex­pan­sion, al­low­ing you to copy files to it from your iOS de­vice, record di­rectly to it from your de­vice’s cam­era, or view pic­tures and videos al­ready stored on it through its com­pan­ion app. You can also copy me­dia files from your Mac or PC for view­ing on your iPad or iPhone, as long as you copy them into an ex­ist­ing folder. You can’t trans­fer from the drive to your in­ter­nal stor­age.

The app is min­i­mal but works well, de­spite becoming un­re­spon­sive if placed in the back­ground, and an­noy­ingly re­peat­edly ask­ing for per­mis­sion to ac­cess the drive.

A gi­ga­byte of photos takes just over two and a half min­utes to copy onto the drive via Light­ning and the in­ter­face is fast enough to view a 1080p movie. Copy­ing a sin­gle 1GB movie file onto the drive over USB 3.1 takes around one and a half min­utes.

Bolt looks good and gets the job done. It’s a good buy for any­one bust­ing out of their lim­ited in­ter­nal stor­age.

the bot­tom line. It looks good and works well, de­spite oc­ca­sional app freezes.

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