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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage
Mobile Device Charging
Data Transfer and Media Streaming
Wireless Hotspot
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Review

Manufacturer: ADATA Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: DashDrive Air AE400
Model Number: AAE400-CBKSV
UPC: 4713435796801
Price As Tested: $79.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ADATA.

The ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 enters the ring against a slew of devices aimed at giving more functionality to you for your mobile devices. With the expanding market for smartphones, tablets, and other portable computing devices, it is becoming increasingly more important to keep that battery charged all day long and to stay connected to everything we deem important.

As we use our mobile devices for more and more, those batteries that once seemed huge suddenly start to drain very quickly. I spend quite a bit of time on my phone. I use it mainly for emailing and communications, but I also keep up with my social networks and play some games. My phone battery doesn't generally last an entire day. My wife is even worse. She lets the kids play on her phone a lot and that drains the battery even more quickly. She generally has to charge her phone sometime in the afternoon so that it doesn't die on her. If she is out and about, that isn't always possible.

The other thing she complains about is that she constantly runs out of space on her phone due to all the pictures and videos she takes. Her iPhone has 8GB of storage and, as an iPhone, has no capability to increase that from an SD card. She connects her phone to the computer and downloads the photos and videos quite often, but then they aren't on her phone and available for viewing.


With a device like the DashDrive Air, not only do you get a portable charger, but you also get a portable external drive if you throw an SD card in there. While similar devices are available in both of those categories, ADATA puts them together, along with a portable Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten devices, all in a tiny, pocket-sized package. Let's take a look at the capabilities of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400.



# wireless hotspot featuredarren 2013-03-25 01:53
For me the reason I think the hotspot feature is important is that it would mean if I am connected to the AE400 my tablet would have no internet. So if I have to connect to the AE400 to stream media etc and have internet at the same time then the hotspot feature is a must!
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# Good pointHank 2013-03-26 14:24
Darren, that's an excellent point. I can see how that would be very desirable in such a case.
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# AwesomeNiels 2013-04-03 05:48
When writing data to the device (through mobile) do I need to use the app
or can I use FTP (or Samba) ?

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# RE: AwesomeHank 2013-05-01 05:01
Sorry Niels,

I haven't tried transferring data over FTP or Samba, so I don't know if they would even recognize the device as storage. The phone doesn't act like it's connected to a system when connected to the AE400, so I'd be skeptical.
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# WebDAVRich 2013-06-06 03:18
Hi Niels, did you ever discover whether it's possible to connect via WebDAV or other means, to allow other apps to access the device? The supplied app compresses photo files and strips metadata when copying to iPhone, I want to connect through a photo syncing app to retain the full quality of photos from my dslr, for backup/upload, when out and about with my iPhone...
Thanks, Rich
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# Ethernet to wifi?Paal Joachim 2013-04-15 04:54

I plan on holding a course in a room that does not have wifi but it has ethernet. Is it possible to plugin in the ethernet cable into this device and create a wifi hotspot this way? So that the students still have wifi through this box.
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# No Ethernet PortHank 2013-05-01 04:59

The AE400 doesn't have an ethernet port, so you wouldn't be able to hook it to a wired connection.
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# RE: No Ethernet PortNiels 2013-05-02 00:01
Use this one
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