Patriot Aero 1TB Wireless Hard Drive Review
Chris Hadley+ / 6 months ago
Earlier in the year I had my first look at a new line of devices that over the recent months have been getting more and more popular with people on the go who need heaps of storage with them. Naturally I’m taking about wireless hard drives and when I first saw the Gauntlet way back last year at a trade show, Patriot were keen to show me what these drives had to offer, with scalability for connecting up to three devices at once and streaming content through the use of a mobile application that can be downloaded through Google Play and the Apple App Store.
What really set these units apart from the likes of Kingston’s Wi-Drive was that considerably larger storage capacity – offering up to 320GB through a 2.5” hard drive. Battery life was also fairly remarkable at the time as well with around 4 hours of continuous use to be expected and seen.
Moving forward to today, the Gauntlet series of wireless hard drives is now seeing its third member to the line-up. So far we have seen the Gauntlet with 320GB of storage and the Aero; a disk-less option that gives flexibility for users to install their own hard drive or even an SSD for better battery life. Let’s be honest though, 320GB doesn’t exactly seem a lot since yester-year and consequently Patriot have addressed this with the release of the Aero – a drive of the same design, but this time with a whopping 1TB capacity and improved battery life to go along with it.
For those who have read my review on the Gauntlet, which can be found here: Patriot Gauntlet 320Gb Review, this review is going to feel quite de-ja-vous, but I am going to briefly touch on the design followed as expected by the performance figures to see if there is any gain in performance from the larger drive.
Inside the box, we find all the required cables and a power adaptor with US, EU and UK plugs for powering and charging the drive from the mains during wireless use.