Testing and Conclusion
Charging the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 64Gb is as easy as plugging it into any powered USB slot. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge and SanDisk does not recommend using a USB cable. A sold amber light will indicate charging is active. A full change can last up to 4.5 hours depending on usage.
I gave it a full charge and then copied a selection of albums and about a dozen DVD rips over. Transfer speeds were predictably slower than I am used to thanks to the USB 2.0 connection but not terrible at around 12-14MBps. Music shows thumbs and so do movies if chosen randomly from the video. Only 14 CDs and 11 movies put me at 26% capacity full. I find myself longing for the 200GB model with a wicked grin!
Your media can be opened by the default player in the app or by your favorite media apps. I used VLC for movies and had no trouble with AVI or MP4 playback. For music I used Google’s player but found I could also use it to load into Amazon Music’s library. Transfers were easy. It will sometimes start a transfer instead of triggering the play if your touch lingers.
To really test things out I took the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick on an extended trip and found it easily handled playing two movies during my airtime with enough battery left to move stuff around. I charged off of a variety of sketchy plugs and watched three more movies lounging on the beach. Tough gig right? I only had an occasional issue connecting when on a public wireless connection. But closing the app and trying again would resolve. I blame the phone’s overprotective aluminum case as it sometimes trips up my navigation too.
I wondered just how useful the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 64 GB drive would really be among all my many gadgets at first but throwing it in my pocket and watching movies on the fly was super nice. I find myself toting it around at work now too. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 64 GB is discreet and functional without all the bulk of my usual travel companions.
Pocket sized design
Device compatibility is tops
USB 2.0 is soooo slow
Requires USB connection to charge
Some formats will require additional software/apps to play.