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Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and Mobile Wireless Pro 64GB Review

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Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 Closer Look:

The MobileLite Wireless G3 came in a white color, which looks to be the only color for the unit without the integrated storage space The design is sleek and minimalist that gives you a nice companion to carry around with your phone or tablet. The G3 is compact at only 4.5 inches long, 3.1 inches deep, and less than an inch thick. Weighing in at 192 grams, or less than half a pound, there is no issue carrying this around. It is small enough to keep in your pocket or backpack while on the go and not even notice it was there. To transfer data between your phone or tablet, the MobileLite Wireless G3 employs both 2.4GHz wireless b/g/n and 5GHz ac. There was no note on the top speeds, however, so we will do some testing on our own to see if we can find out.

The G3 is powered by an internal 5,400 mAh 3.7v battery and has a maximum output of 2A. The battery is designed to give up to 11 hours of use if not used as an emergency power source. For the emergency power source feature, it is designed to give your cell phone up to 2.5x charges depending on the model of the phone. This was based on the iPhone 6, so your mileage may vary depending on the mAh of your phone.

The top of the G3 is a glossy coat and does attract fingerprints, but they are not as easy to notice on the white color. On the backside (or bottom, however you look at it) there is the sticker with the model information and MAC address for you to quickly get. There are also four hard feet on the bottom of the device, but unfortunately they aren't rubberized feet. It would have been nice to see rubber feet to keep the unit from slipping off of surfaces when you put it down, but that is not a deal breaker and aftermarket feet can be added.

On the sides is where the meat of the MobileLite Wireless device is located. There are a few ports that can be used on this unit specifically, which are the USB port, SD card slot, and an Ethernet port. For the USB port, I could not find out if it was USB 2.0 or 3.0, but it will accept all of the drives with no issues. I did put in a USB 3.0 drive and it worked just fine. In addition, the USB port also acts as an emergency backup charger for your device. You will trade off the power for the storage when using it as such, but in a pinch, this is an amazing feature to have and keeps you from having to carry a separate external battery pack. On the flip side, I was also able to charge the MobileLite G3 with an Anker battery pack on the go, extending my storage and streaming capabilities via the MicroUSB port, which was a big positive for me. The G3 comes with a microSD to SD card adapter so you can use both here in the unit without having to buy any additional hardware.

Finally, there is an Ethernet port on the opposite side. If you are wondering why there is Ethernet like I was, well, you're in for a treat. Since the G3 is accessed by WiFi from your devices, you cannot use the Internet directly from your phone or tablet. To solve this issue there is the ability for the G3 to connect to other WiFi hotspots and act like a router. But what if there is no other WiFi, just hard wire? Well, this is where the Ethernet port comes into play as you plug it in, it gets an address, and in seconds, you just created a wireless hotspot for your devices. I love simplicity and with this little device, you have not only external storage and streaming, but a backup battery and a mobile wireless hotspot in one for all your travels. It worked very well, too, I must say, as I used it on a trip and instantly had my own wireless hotspot in my hotel with my own security key and not a shared one with others.

 

 

 

On the front edge of the G3, there is the power button, reset hole, the MobileLite Wireless G3 logo, and the microUSB charging port. I was happy that Kingston went with such a common port to charge as again this keeps bulk down as you could use any microUSB cell phone charger to top it off and not have to carry multiple cables. The SD card slot I was very happy with as the SD cards sat flush inside the port. This kept away any protruding bulk and allows you to keep the card in at all times without snagging. For the USB port, I tried several drives, both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, with no issues. Kingston was very gracious to send us a 16GB USB 3.0 drive for testing, which leads me to believe that the port may, in fact, be USB 3.0. On the top of the G3, there are several LEDs to show status. From the left, there is the active Internet LED that glows when you are connected to an Internet source, the internal WiFi LED that shows when the G3 is ready to be connected to, and finally the battery LED. The battery LED will flash when the unit is drained of power and glow steadily when it is on and operating.

 

 

 

Now that we have seen the G3 unit, we can move over to the Pro.




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