The Asus TravelAir AC is really an interesting device. There have been plenty of wireless based flash storage devices popping up here and there. But, the Asus TravelAir AC is the first to feature Wireless AC and features dual band WiFi. You can choose to either use the 2.4Ghz band for more compatibility with a wide range of devices or the 5Ghz band that would grant you more speed. It can’t broadcast both bands at the same time tho.
Moving on to the general specifications. It has 32GB of built-in flash storage, an SD Card Reader, NFC for quick and easy connectivity and a 3000mAh built-in rechargeable battery that’s advertised to last up to 10 hours of usage. Due to it’s portability, connectivity is limited to 5 clients only, which is plentiful.
Aesthetics wise, it’s mainly constructed of plastics to keep weight footprint as minimal as possible. It has a light blue water ripple like design with the Asus logo in the centre that acts as the On/Off button. Just below the button, are the indicator lights for both the WiFi, as well as the battery. On the top, you’ll get the micro-USB connector that’s purpose it for charging up and accessing the device. Lastly, on the bottom, are the WiFi band selector switch and the SD Card Reader. The SD Card Reader is a nice feature, as it can serve as means for expandable storage or enable the device to act a quick and easy storage medium.
Moving on to software side. Asus developed an intuitive software that you can use to interact with the TravelAir AC easily and securely. It’s called AiDrive. You can find it on the Google Play Store, App Store as well as for Kindle Fire devices. This is so, no random person can easily connect to the device to access its contents with the WPA2-PSK password protection. For a detailed look at AiDrive, check out our TravelAir AC review video.
In conclusion, this device caters well towards a wide variety of people. One example, photographers. It can be used as medium to off-load photos and footage to free up space without needing a PC. It’s as simple as putting the SD Card into the SD Card Reader and using the AiDrive application to move them to the device’s own on-board storage. Another great situation where this comes really handy would be where, you, your wife, and your 3 kids are having a long vacation to Japan. During long flights, you guys are definitely going to get bored. Especially the kids. So, you can pre-load tons of movies and cartoons onto the TravelAir AC and bring it along with you. Benefits here are, you don’t have to clog up the storage on your phones, and each person can watch whatever they want at any given time. We have tested this and it worked really well. You can seamlessly stream different content across multiple devices with no noticeable interruptions. There are many more practical applications for the TravelAir AC. Especially in this age, where people rely on their mobile phones to take pictures, for leisure and as well as productivity. I find the TravelAir AC as a great companion storage device for our daily drivers. Plus, it lives up to its 10 hours of battery life. So, you can count on it to keep up with you throughout the day.