Kingston MobileLite Wireless User Review

*This device is a review unit from Lazada Malaysia*

Not too long ago, my aunt posted a question on Facebook on ways to copy her images from her iPhone and iPad to her hard drive or SD card. (Hi, Auntie Jan!) There were several replies and one of the suggestions I gave was to install iCloud or Dropbox for auto photo backup to the cloud, which you can then easily copy to your computer later.

While this is a viable option, you might not always have internet connectivity to backup your files to the cloud. Personally, this is an issue I face quite regularly, especially when I’m traveling on a long vacation.

You see, in my dive trips, we take a lot of underwater and vacation pictures, which needs to be backed up daily. Some of the pictures are on your smart devices and some on your camera. Other than lugging your laptop with you on a vacation just to store these pictures, there has to be a better solution, right?

Enter Kingston MobileLite Wireless! This little gadget solves this problem… and more.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a wireless SD Card reader / Media Streamer / Power Bank in one!

MobileLite Wireless Infographic

Mobile Devices That Make Your Life Easier Created By: Kingston Technology

Thanks to Lazada Malaysia, in collaboration with Kingston for the launch of the MobileLite Wireless, I got my hands on an exclusive pre-released unit of the gadget for review.

Let me run through all the killer features and my experience with this handy little gadget, that I believe everyone should have!

 

Hardware & Feature Specs

Kingston Mobile Wireless is a 3-in-1 device for Device / Card Reader, Media Streamer and Power Bank charger. Here’s a high level hardware overview of the gadget:-

  • Dimensions : 124.8 mm x 59.9 mm x 17.3 mm; weighing only 98 grams
  • 1,810 mAh battery (up to 5 hours of continuous use)
  • Connectivity : WiFi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA2)
  • Included in box : USB to microUSB cable
  • Storage Input : USB and SD – reads SD, SDHC, SDXC and microSD (with included adapter)
  • File format supported : (Audio) MP3, WAV; (Video) m4V, mp4 (H. 264 video codec); (Image) jpg, tif; (Documents) pdf

Some of the highlighted features and benefits include:-

  • Wireless reader — A reader for smartphones and tablets to free up valuable space, transfer files to your existing SD & USB storage from your mobile device
  • Supports multiple users — stream up to three different films and/or share data with three different devices at the same time  via WiFi
  • Battery bank — Emergency charger for your smartphone, using the built-in battery to charge your phone and keep you mobile

For more information on technical specs, device and OS compatibility and more, check out the Kingston Mobile Wireless product page at http://www.kingston.com/en/wireless/wireless_readers

 

Unboxing and Hardware Overview

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Box
Kingston MobileLite Wireless – Box

Thanks to Lazada Malaysia and Kingston, my review unit came with a 4GB Kinsgton SD Card, but is usually sold separately. The box packaging for the MobileLite Wireless is simple, with high level overview on the features of this gadget.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Unboxing
Unboxing the Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Inside the box, you’ll find the MobileLite Wireless gadget itself, a USB to micro USB cable, micro SD card adapter and a simple User Manual.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Front & Back
Front and Back of the MobileLite Wireless
Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Hardware Overview
Hardware, ports and buttons

The MobileLite Wireless is rather small and light – about the size of a…. hmmm… laptop power adapter, but way lighter at 98 grams. At 17.3 mm thin, the only button available is the Power On/Off button that also toggles the WiFi and Connectivity/ Pairing mode.

There are 3 ports in total – the SD card reader on one end, and a full size USB and a micro USB port on the other. More on these later.

 

Setting Up MobileLite Wireless

First thing first, charge the MobileLite Wireless to standby for use.

Kingston MobileLite App - Google Play Store
Search for “Kingston” and you’ll see the MobileLite app (Google Play Store link)

While the gadget is charging, go ahead and download the Kingston MobileLite app from iOS (iTunes link here), Android (Google Play Store link here) or Kindle (Amazon link here).

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - App Guide
Quick Setup guide when you launch the app the first time

Launching the app the first time, shows you quick setup guide on how to pair, connect and use the MobileLite app with your MobileLite gadget.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - User Manual

The included manual has very in-depth information on how to setup the gadget, as well as basic functions.

Now, that you’re all set, let’s power on and pair the gadget with your smart device!

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Power On
Power On by pressing and holding the Power On/Off button for 3 seconds
Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Ready to Pair
Blinking light means ready to connect

There are 3 indicator lights. (L-R) Power On, WiFi connectivity and Web connectivity.

Kingston MobileLite - WiFi Connection

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless connects (or pairs) with you smart device using WiFi connectivity.  Once you connect yoru smart device with “MobileLite Wireless” on your WiFi networks, that’s it! Your MobileLite Wireless and your smart device is paired!

 

Reader : File Backup & Management

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Reader
Read files from SD card, USB thumb drive or external Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

This is the awesomest part – MobileLite Wireless allows you to read and copy files from SD card (via the SD card reader slot), thumb drives or external HDD (via the USB port).

MobileLite Wireless works as a portable card reader to give you unlimited access to all of your data, anywhere you are.

Kingston MobileLite App - Copy & Backup Files

 

Once paired, you can use the MobileLite app on your smart device to browse and copy files (pictures, music, video and documents) from your phone or tablet to any connected storage (SD card, thumb drive or hard drive) through the MobileLite Wireless…. and vice versa. 

As mentioned in the start of the blogpost, this is truly the handiest feature. The amount of time, I want to copy pictures from my smart device or SD card from the camera to another storage (thumb drive or external Hard Drive) without having my laptop with me. With this MobileLite Wireless gadget, using the installed app, I can easily copy pictures from my phone / tablet to an SD card/ thumb drive / hard drive or from my camera’s SD card to a thumb drive / hard drive or even to my smartphone or tablet to share on social media!

Super handy!!!!

Check the video below on simple copy function guide on copying pictures from your tablet to a connected thumb drive using the MobileLite Wireless app.

 

Streamer : Media Streaming

During our vacations, me and Hubby usually copies movies and TV shows we downloaded to our tablets or hard drive, to watch on board in the flight or in the hotel room. Sometimes, because we don’t have gigabites of free storage on the device or SD card, we might have to delete some stuff to make room.

MobileLite Wireless is great for travel. It lets you stream up to three movies from Flash cards and USB Flash drives to three different devices at once.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

What I’ve done in this review was copy a few TV shows to the complimentary SD card from Kingston, inserted into the SD card slot on the MobileLite Wireless.

Kingston MobileLite App - Play Video

Using the MobileLite app on my tablet, I browsed to the SD card and open the video file copied.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Steaming Media
Look, I’m streaming the video to my tablet

Without any cables, I’m streaming the video from the SD card, through the MobileLite Wireless to my tablet!

The best part is, the MobileLite Wireless allows you to stream up to 3 different video files to 3 different users / devices simultaneously! Which means, I can copy a bunch of videos (and pictures or music) on the SD card, Hubby can watch one video and I can watch a different video (or listen to music), streaming from the same MobileLite Wireless, at the same time!!!

One device, 3 different users! Powerful stuff, huh?

 

Charger : Power Bank

In case you’re worried that with the power usage of gadgets and devices these days will drain your battery, and you permanently carry a Power Bank with you everywhere you go, here’s one less item to carry. The MobileLite Wireless also works as a power bank charger.

Use MobileLite Wireless to charge your phone or other device. Stay productive and keep the power flowing without having to plug into a wall outlet.

There’s an included USB to micro USB cable in the box, which can be plugged into your smartphone or tablet to charge.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless - Power Bank charger

The included USB to micro USB cable also doubles as a sync or wired connectivity cable.

Kingston MobileLite App - Power Bank-External HDD

Depending on your device, in my case, my Samsung tablet, I can plug in the USB to microUSB cable between the tablet and the MobileLite Wireless to copy, backup and transfer files or stream media via the wired, cable connection instead.

 

Pricing and Availability

Kingston MobileLite Wireless is now available on sale, since 31 March 2014, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 259.

Good news – Kingston MobileLite Wireless can be purchased online from Lazada Malaysia at http://www.lazada.com.my/kingston-mobilelite-wireless-523635.html currently at a discounted price of RM 169 for a limited time only.

 

Conclusion

This is certainly a handy device instead. I can certainly see how I would be carrying this with me for my traveling (work or vacations). Specifically, I see this being a handy gadget for:-

  • Photo Backup and Social Media sharing
  • Backup pictures from my camera to an external HDD to free up space for more vacation pictures
  • Copying pictures taken from my camera to my smartphone for immediate social media sharing
  • Backup pictures from my smartphone to my external HDD
  • Video Storage and Streaming
  • Watching videos on the flight (ie. short travel routes or AirAsia flights without in-flight entertainment)
  • Sharing photos with friends and family (without storing on precious space on my tablet)
  • Power Bank
  • One less power bank to carry around, you can always do with more battery juice, especially when traveling

If you’re looking for a device like this, or think that this is a handy gadget that will be useful for you, I suggest you get the Kingston MobileLite Wireless.

Handy gadget indeed!

 

 

For more information, check out Kingston website at http://www.kingston.com/en/ and *LIKE* Kingston Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/KingstonBlogFansClub.en – OR – Lazada Malaysia website at http://www.lazada.com.my/ and *LIKE* Lazada Malaysia Facebook Page  at https://www.facebook.com/LazadaMalaysia

 

  • Gil

    Can you please tell me if it works the same with the windows OS? i’ve been looking for answers anywhere, the kingston website does show that is windows compatible, but in most reviews and comments, i only find that a pc only detects via cable usb, and only uses the function of the card reader. is this true? no wireless share/stream function for pc?

    Thanks

  • TC

    Hi, Winnie – I bought this immediately after reading your review (which was very informative and descriptive!). This is the perfect device for my wife – who constantly needs to have videos on her phone to keep my son busy. Keep up the good work with the gadget reviews!

    • I immediately bought it for my aunt, who wants to copy pics from her camera to her external HDD, too. Haha. Glad to know how useful this device can be to so many people.
      Hope you like it. Thanks for the compliments. 🙂