SanDisk has updated its Connect Wireless Stick family of Wi-Fi-enabled flash drives. These drives don't require a USB connection to work. Instead, devices like tablets and phones (and plain old computers) can connect wirelessly to stream media or transfer files using the Connect Wireless Stick's own battery-powered Wi-Fi network. The new models feature capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB.
Up to three computers or mobile devices can join the Stick's 802.11n network at once. The latter can use the Stick via SanDisk's Connect app (available in iOS, Android, or Kindle flavors), which allows users to automatically back up their device's photos and videos in addition to file management and streaming tasks. For other devices, SanDisk states that either a web browser or a WebDAV client will do the job. If need be, the Stick can also be used as a regular USB flash drive, although only at USB 2.0 speeds.
The Stick measures in at 77 mm by 19 mm by 11 mm, and it weights in at 22 g. SanDisk says the internal battery is good for 4.5 hours of continuous wireless data streaming, and backs it with a 1-year warranty. The Connect Wireless Stick sells for $29.99 to $99.99 depending on the capacity, and it's available today.