Patriot Memory Announces Gauntlet 320 Portable Wireless External Hard Drive
October 16, 2012 3:24 PM
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The Gauntlet 320 will be available in the United States in January 2013 for $159 USD
Patriot Memory has announced its flagship device in
its Gauntlet portable hard drive ecosystem
: the new Gauntlet 320 portable wireless external hard drive.
The Gauntlet 320 portable wireless external hard drive features 320GB of onboard storage and acts as a solution for PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Users will be able to stream, share and store media and data such as pictures, music, movies, etc.
The Gauntlet 320 can connect up to eight devices and stream five at the same time. Gauntlet is capable of 5.5 hours of continuous streaming via its lithium-ion battery and can share one Internet connection with all eight connected devices.
Other Gauntlet 320 specs includes plug-and-play USB 3.0/2.0 for high speed wired data transfers between PCs and laptops; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security, and app support for iOS, Android and
"The Gauntlet 320 is a natural progression in Patriot Memory's Gauntlet external storage brand," said Mike Kroll, senior director of Peripherals Product Management at Patriot Memory. "A truly wireless unit, the Gauntlet 320 supports simultaneous streams to 5 connected devices offering virtually endless options for using and sharing a huge media catalogue with tablets, smartphones and laptops."
The Gauntlet 320 will be available in the United States in January 2013 for $159 USD.
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Seems a bit premature
10/17/2012 3:22:23 AM
The best I've been able to manage over my 5GHz 802.11n network is about 12-15 MB/s. Over 802.11g I typically see 2-3 MB/s.
USB 2.0 easily hits 25 MB/s. USB 3.0 exceeds the speed of mechanical HDDs, which are typically around 100 MB/s.
If you want to access a HDD wirelessly, you're better off waiting for the new 802.11ac standard. That runs at 87-867 Mbps theoretical. If the approx 2:1 ratio of theoretical to peak real-world performance of past 802.11 standards holds, this will translate to about 5-50 MB/s.
RE: Seems a bit premature
10/17/2012 11:59:19 PM
This is designed for folks who bought an iPhone with 8gb or 16gb, only to find out they always run out of space. It's not a bad product, but its price is awful. People can get a 1.5TB 2.5" external for around that same price shipped, or 2.0TB for a bit more.
RE: Seems a bit premature
10/18/2012 3:49:18 PM
From what I gather it's not meant to do the heavy lifting like a NAS, it's more for entertainment and productivity...and it being USB 3.0, why on earth wouldn't you just plug it in to transfer files? Regarding the terrible value comment by the other poster, show me where you can get a wireless 2TB hard drive that you can use with a gang of smart phones and tablets? $160 seems like a pretty good deal, and it now I don't have to spend $100 extra for the larger capacity devices.
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