CES 2013 CoverageBosco - January 9, 2013
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When we visited Patriot this year, there was not much to see with the product lines pretty much stagnant, with no major revisions to its DRAM and Flash memory lines. The whole line-up was shown off in cases from the company's SDHC Flash cards to the latest Viper series DRAM modules. New introductions included the release of its Autobahn line of micro-sized USB 2.0 flash drives that come in sizes from 8GB up to 32GB for use with car stereo systems that support USB storage. The small form factor allows the device to sit flush against the front of the stereo to prevent it from being caught or snagged by an errant sleeve or cord.
Patriot's Gauntlet portable storage solutions, the Gauntlet 320 and Gauntlet Node, were shown off and proved to be a viable solution for portable wireless storage. The main difference between the two is that the Gauntlet 320 is factory-equipped with a 320GB 2.5 inch hard drive pre-installed, while the Node allows the user to install a 2.5 inch form factor drive of up to 2TB in size. Each features the ability to connect up to eight devices to it and stream HD content (720p) with up to five separate streams at the same time wirelessly. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, the device has up to 5.5 hours of usability depending on the usage scenario. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is supported at up to 150Mbit transfer rate. USB 3.0 connectivity is used to transfer large data packages to the device. Patriot has a free to download application called Gauntlet Connect that is used to access the device from a tablet or smart phone running iOS, Android or Kindle Fire operating system, and is available at the applicable app store.