With all your favorite apps, movies, games and music, sometimes it seems like there's never enough room on your smartphones and tablets. With the $159 Gauntlet 320, you can help alleviate some of that stress, wirelessly streaming content from this 320 GB external hard drive.
Slightly larger than a traditional portable hard drive, the Gauntlet 320 measures 5.5 x 3.4 x 1 inches, and weighs 10 ounces. By comparison, the Seagate Wireless Plus is a hair smaller and lighter, at 5 x 3.5 x 0.78 inches and 9 ounces.
Setup is a breeze. Simply power up the Gauntlet 320 and it immediately begins broadcasting its signal. You can load content onto the Gauntlet 320 via USB or wirelessly using the Gauntlet Connect application. If connecting wirelessly from a notebook. Just open your wireless settings and look at your available wireless networks. One of them should be labeled "GAUNTLET." Once connected, you should be able to access the drive.
The Gauntlet 320 also has Internet pass-through capabilities, allowing you to continue browsing the Internet while still connected to the 320.
Within the app, files are listed in a column down the left side; at the bottom are options for upload, download, view local files or those stored on the Gauntlet 320, and Settings. When you select a file, it appears in the right two-thirds of the screen, but can be expanded to take up the whole display. While it's intuitive to use, the Gauntlet app is a bit more bland than Seagate's app, which lets you sort files by type and size, and shows thumbnails of the files, too.
Similarly, when copying those files from the Gauntlet 320 back to our notebook, it took the drive just 1 minute and 26 seconds, a rate of 59.2 MBps. The Wireless Plus took 2:20, a rate of 36.4 MBps.
The Gauntlet 320 can both transfer files wirelessly and connect to up to eight devices simultaneously. Video streaming was smooth, and quality was top notch. However, initial buffering times ran a bit long on larger video files (20-30 seconds). We had no issues streaming 1080p video files, except for one movie, which also stuttered on the Wireless Plus.
The Gauntlet 320 is rated for 5.5 hours of continuous streaming. When we streamed a 1080p movie from the drive to an iPad, it lasted 2 hours and 56 minutes. That's about an hour less than the Seagate Wireless Plus.
In addition to the review unit we tested, Patriot also sells a version of the Gauntlet, called the Node, for $99 that comes without a hard drive, but can accept hard drives up to 2TB.
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