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Silicon Power Finally Launches Sky Share Wi-Fi Drive

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Silicon Power has released a portable hard drive that can share media wirelessly to mobile devices.

Silicon Power said on Friday that its Sky Share H10 drive is now available in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities. It's an external 2.5-inch HDD with an integrated battery, and designed to store and share files to laptops, iOS and Android mobile devices on-the-go. Connectivity is accomplished either via USB 3.0 or over an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection.

The gadget was actually one of ten listed in our Best of Computex 2012 back in June. The overall design, according to the company, is based on the concept of touch. The circular curvature surrounding the power switch signifies that once it is activated, data transmission can be shared as free and simple like ripples. Up to eight devices can be connected simultaneously, making it a makeshift, pocket-sized media server for streaming pictures, video and music.

Silicon Power said the Sky Share H10 includes built-in 2T2R antenna to provide 1.5 times faster wireless data transfer than similar products in the market. The specs reveal that the gadget will actually transfer data wirelessly at speeds up to 300 Mb/s, and up to 5 Gb/s over the USB 3.0 connection. It uses a built-in rechargeable 2600 mA/h Lithium Battery, offering up to 5 hours play.

The overall device dimensions are 133 x 86 x 23.5-mm, and the gadget weighs a mere 255g, making it rather easy to carry while on-the-go. Even though the gadget can support up to 8 gadgets at a time, the Sky Share H10 can only accommodate three iPads simultaneously. The apps for iOS and Android are free – laptops and desktops merely use a web-based interface to access the files over a Wi-Fi connection.

Currently the drive isn't appearing on Silicon Power's website, so stay tunes for actual availability and pricing. In the meantime, here's the actual list of specs including formats supported by the iOS and Android apps:

- Capacity: 500 GB, 1 TB
- Dimension: 133 x 86 x 23.5-mm
- Weight: 255g +/- 5%
- WiFi Interface: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Standard
- Built-in 2T2R Antenna, up to 300 Mb/s
- Built-in USB 3.0 (Compatible with USB 2.0), Up to 5 Gb/s Transfer rate (USB 3.0 Mode)
- WiFi connection: up to 8 users
- WiFi Connection range: up to 100 Feet
- Power Supply: DC 5V/2A (Power supplied through AC-to-DC adapter)
- Battery: Built-in 2600 mA/h Lithium Battery (Up to 5 hours play)
- Operating Temperature: 5℃ ~ 45℃
- Storage Temperature: -10℃ ~ 70℃
- Wireless security: WPA+WPA2
- Operation system: Support Win 7, Win XP, Win Vista, Mac OS X (10.5.X+), iOS 4.2+, Android 2.3+
- Supporting devices: iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Android Tablet, Notebook, PC, Mac
- Browsers: Support Safari 5 or later version, Webkit (Android), Internet Explorer 8 or later version, Firefox, and Google Chrome
- File system: FAT32/NTFS
- Supporting File type:

iPhone/iPad App (free download):
Video: .M4V, MP4, .MOV
Photo: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Music: MP3
Document: DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF

Android Smart phone App (free download):
Video: .M4V, MP4
Photo: JPG, PNG
Music: MP3, WMA
Document: DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF

Web UI: (For Laptop, Tablet, Smart phone…etc)
Play any file supported by your device applications

 

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    invisibilian , September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
    it will really be a great product, if it has a decent battery life. 5 hour play time is fairly short by anyone's standard.
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    face-plants , September 24, 2012 4:50 AM
    Simple, but still a great product idea. I'm surprised this is the first time I've seen a truly standalone WiFi HD. There's nothing revolutionary about it technology-wise yet nobody's done one this simple (AFAIK). Good example of finding an empty niche in the market and getting a product there first.
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    Anonymous , September 24, 2012 9:01 AM
    ASUS WL-HDD...'nuff said. Ok, no battery pack but that was easy enough to build...
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    freggo , September 24, 2012 9:46 AM
    Shape looks like a black iPhone. Did they get a license or will we be reading something about a lawsuit in the near future ?
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    Anonymous , November 6, 2012 3:40 PM
    this is already available and has been for almost a year from Seagate. It's called the Satellite drive. I use mine daily and works great! Longer battery life and more than 3 iPads can connect at once. Clearly they are playing catch up here
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2013 7:35 AM
    That 5-hour battery life is a deal breaker for me! The Seagate Wireless Plus lasts about 10 hours and can support up to 8 devices. So why is everyone calling this a somewhat revolutionary product?
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    buburuza , December 30, 2013 9:47 PM
    Really bad chinese software design, makes it unusable.total waste of money, to bad is too late for me to return it.
    - The mobile app does not allow to create or delete folders, so somehow you have to have folders created some other way.So if i want to move photos from a phone to lets say "myparty" folder, you have no way of creating that folder.
    - access over wifi from a mac is broken, try copying a folder with photos in it and apparently the folder is copied without any working or errors but when you look inside the folder is empty.
    -in order to copy over wifi to this drive, i had to first create an empty folder and then copy files only into it, without any subfolders.
    -if you try to copy files over existing ones , instead of asking if you want to overwrite is saying the operation can't be completed because an item with the same name already exists.
    -try deleting files over wifi and the files are still there with size 0
    -This drive needs to be set up as a wifi router between your devices and your internet wifi router, so your devices will be connected to this drive's ssid network and from there over wifi again to your internet wifi router.if would have been useful to be able to connect it to an existing network too.
    - Since you are forced to connect all you devices to the drives ssid network is really stupid to disable the wifi when the drive is connected over the usb cable, leaving all over devices without internet access.
    -The web interface that the manufacturer is claiming to work as a file transfer interface over wifi can't delete folders, so if i create a folder with the wrong name , i will have to abandon the web interface, disconnect the drive from wifi, connect it over the usb and only then i can delete folders.
    -As i mentioned above the device acts as an internet sharing over wifi but it has to be rebooted daily because the connection to the internet became so slow is hard to use it. After a reboot is fine again for about a day or two.

    Over all is such a struggle to use this drive , is useless. The only reliable way to use it is as a usb drive, but then is really expensive for just that.

    I wish the manufacturer find this review useful and fix this issues.