ASUS Travelair N Wireless 1TB Hard Disk Review




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Introduction


ASUS Travelair N Wireless 1TB Hard Disk Review

When it comes to storage you can either go the ordinary and boring route, or you can opt for something that breaks with the norm with more features than you would expect. I’m taking a closer look at ASUS’ Travelair N today which is a portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive that also works wirelessly with a built-in access point, comes with an SD card reader built-in, and has One-Touch NFC capabilities on top of the 1TB storage capacity.

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The ASUS Travelair N ‏(WHD-A2) is a 1TB portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive at heart and that in itself isn’t without. You can easily carry 500 movies, thousands of photos, songs, and files with you where ever you go. An ordinary portable drive has some limitations on the road, mainly the connection interface. What if you would like to access the drive from your mobile phone or tablet? What if you are far from a power outlet? Well, that is no problem with the Travelair N that comes with built-in wireless network capabilities and a battery.

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Using the 2.4GHz band, the Travelair N can connect to pretty much any wireless devices available. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11b, g, and n-style connections which cover the entire spectrum of the wireless band. The antennas are internal, so you don’t need to worry about connecting them or breaking them off either. The Travelair N uses enterprise-level WPA2 wireless security to connect with your smart phone or tablet, ensuring all of your content is kept private and secure.

Not only does it come with built-in wireless capabilities, the drive also features a built-in 3300 mAh battery that is rated for up to 8-hours usage. This should be plenty of time until you’re near a charging ability again.

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And no, ASUS didn’t stop here and added more features to this drive. The Travelair N supports NFC technology for instant one-touch connection to supported devices without any configuration needs. Simply touch your NFC-supported smart phone or tablet to the drive and you can browse your media library and files straight away.

The final feature of the drive itself is the built-in SD card slot that lets you back up your data from memory cards with simple steps. This is the perfect solution to empty the memory cards onto a larger storage medium and keep shooting those photos while you got the opportunity.

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ASUS created the AiDrive companion app which is available on almost any platform: iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android devices. The app features an intuitive user interface to let you quickly and easily view and share your photos, videos, and files.

The Travelair N can connect with up to five devices simultaneously when transferring files and up to three devices when streaming movies in HD quality. This allows you to easily share a single drive between multiple systems, devices, and people.

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A portable drive needs to have a better resistance to environmental hazards and the Travelair N features an IP43-rated water-resistant design. This should guarantee a protection from accidental splashes and spills onto the drive.

With all the talk about USB 3.0 for PC connections and wireless for mobile devices, we shouldn’t forget that we also can connect a drive like this to all our other smart devices with USB or wireless capabilities, may they be gaming consoles, smart TVs, or something else.

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Feature Highlights

  • One-Touch NFC for easy connection
  • Integrated SD Card reader expands storage capacity
  • Connect up to five devices simultaneously
  • Splash-proof design with IP43 water resistance
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use companion app

Package and Accessories

ASUS packed the Travelair N in a horizontal shaped box which is unlike most that come more square. That’s very fitting for a drive like this that is anything but ordinary. The front will let you know what you purchase in a simplistic design including features and capacity.

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On the rear of the box, you find a lot more details to the different functions such as environmental protection, wifi, and NFC.

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Inside the box was a USB 3.0 cable, a warranty card and safety notice as well as the quick start guide. Normally there would also be an AD/DC power adapter for charging purposes, but that was missing in my review sample.

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4 Responses to “ASUS Travelair N Wireless 1TB Hard Disk Review”
  1. Xevius says:

    I appreciate your incredibly informative review. However, whenever you were mentioning features related to one of the most obvious and important feature, you just left it out. Now, the only way to get this obvious and simple question answered is to download the manual. You talked a few times about its 8 hour and big 3300mAmp battery. You even mentioned “charging it wit the included ac adapter wss pretty neat….”. Are you beginning to guess my simple question?

    CAN YOU CHARGE IT WITH USB??????
    …and can you power it wit usb. If yes, then you assumed people knew that. If no, the you did the same. Dont worry, I see lots of reviewers and manufactuters convenietly leaving this spec missing!!! However, they’d better put it inthe manual. They figure you’d already own one. Im getting tired of reading so many reviews and spec sheets only showing positive specs not the bad ones. Wether or not its bus-powered is the most critical feature to me; and to many others…Ill just download the manuals, and even buy the product. If it doesnt hav 1or more features I need, Ill just return it. Kind of makes reviews just for ignorant consumers….no offense.

    • Bohs Hansen says:

      I’m not sure what you’re looking for that isn’t there. On the first page, I state that there normally would be an AC/DC adapter included, but it wasn’t in my sample. Now, if I don’t have the adapter, how would I test it if I couldn’t charge it via USB? So yes, you can.

  2. Ms. A. Colquhoun says:

    Where in USA can you purchase one Asus Travelair N 1TB Wireless Hard Drive with NFC Connection: (this is for ipads? I’ve got a lot of pics on my ipad! Ms. A.

    • Bohs Hansen says:

      Hi Ms. A
      That could be tricky, it isn’t exactly a new drive anymore. It’s 3 years since we reviewed it. However, you could try and search google for it, then hit the “Shopping” at the top of the results. As I’m not located in the US, I only get local results here.

      That said, any network connected storage should serve you well too. It can be a NAS or just a USB HDD connected to your router’s USB port. In theory at least, it should be fine for iPads too, to transfer files away from your iPad. Else there are other wireless drives on the market such as the WD My Passport Wireless.
      I hope that helps.

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