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Maxell AirStash Review

Maxell AirStash Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Maxell AirStash.

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Category : Digital Storage Devices
Product : AirStash
Price : £150
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AirStash

The Maxell AirStash is a portable wireless network drive, which allows you to stream video, audio and pictures from your pocket to your tablet, smartphone of computer. Rather than a built-in hard drive found on the wireless drives we've previously reviewed, the AirStash uses SD cards, which can be changed, so there's no limit to how many pictures, videos and music tracks you can access. With an 8GB card it is priced at £81.99 and £99.00 with the 16GB card.

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Maxell AirStash Features

  • Photo viewer, importer & exporter - up to 75 megapixels (arw, cr2, crw, dng, mrw, nef, orf, pef, raf and rw2)
  • Works with iPad, iPhone, Android Devices, Kindle fire and more
  • Share photos, documents or presentations with up to 8 other wireless devices at once
  • Stream videos to 3 wireless devices simultaneously
  • Built-in, rechargeable battery lasts up to 7 hours and charges via USB
  • Compatible with any size SD card, allowing almost unlimited storage potential (SDXC to 2TB, SD/SDHC to 32GB)
  • Comes with either an 8GB or 16GB card
  • Free app for iOS and Android devices
  • Range up to 50m
  • Two-way transfer capability
  • Uses the WebDAV industry standard
  • 2 year warranty
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Maxell AirStash Handling

The AirStash looks much like a large USB drive with a USB connector at one end and an SD card slot at the other. There is a button to switch the device on and off. To charge it you need to connect it to your computer or a USB-AC adapter and takes up to 2 hours. If you're wanting to connect using a smartphone or tablet device you need to download the AirStash+ app. Once you have the app you can connect to the AirStash's Wi-Fi network. When connected you can either open the app on your mobile device or launch a web browser and navigate to airstash.net.

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Maxell AirStash Performance

Images load fairly quickly when cycling through, but there are issues when streaming HD video. If you want to watch videos from the AirStash it's more reliable to download them to your device. With the two-way transfer capability you're not only able to view files from the AirStash, but you can also upload to it, so you can back up photos from your mobile device on the move. You can also open files from the AirStash directly into other apps such as Pages, Keynote and Air Sharing. You can also create new folders. 

Maxell AirStash Verdict

The Maxell AirStash seems like a good idea - you're able to swap memory cards so you can access an almost limitless amount of files on your mobile device, great for iOS device owners, but many Android devices come with a MicroSD card slot so won't be needing any more memory options. Even if you see the AirStash as a potential option to your digital memory issues, many will think twice at the price.

Maxell AirStash Pros

Can swap SD cards for limitless memory
Ideal for iOS device owners who have used up all their space
Can export files to the device

Maxell AirStash Cons

Very expensive
Struggled to stream HD video content

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The Maxell AirStash is available with an 8GB card priced at £81.99 and £99.00 with the 16GB card.

Maxell AirStash Specifications

Dimensions
Weight41g
Width93mm
Height32mm
Depth13mm

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