Toshiba FlashAir 32GB SDHC Card
Here at pcG we take a lot of photographs, so we are always using SD cards and card readers to help us get the job done. So when I heard about a SDHC card that not only had a whopping 32GB of storage and a Class 10 speed rating, and could also be accessed (directly) via WiFi, needless to say that I was interested and a little excited. Well the nice guys over at Toshiba were kind enough to let us take a look at one. So without further ado let me present to you the Toshiba FlashAir 32GB SDHC Card.
So, what is it exactly? Well other than the obvious (it’s a 32GB SDHC Memory Card), the card also features a Wireless IEE802.11b/g/n access point. The card also features a new “internet pass-through” mode that further simplifies photo sharing. Once a mobile device is connected to the FlashAir card, the internet pass-through functionality enables the device to access the internet via a wireless access point. This removes the need for users to swap between a WiFi connection and the FlashAir card when uploading images to social media sites.
Once upon a time you had to pull an SD card from your camera and upload pictures to a PC in order to share them, not any more. The Toshiba Wireless products include a built-in wireless LAN chip plus an antenna that makes it accessible to any WLAN-capable PC, smartphone or tablet.
WIRELESS Setup and Usage
|Having placed the card into your device of choice, in my case a camera, it’s just a simple task of looking up a predefined URL (http://flashair/) via the Wireless device of your choice and, Voilà!|
|From here you can now browse through the files and folders on the SD Card and even copy them locally via a simple drag and drop. If you want to see the photo full screen it’s just a simple case of clicking the thumbnail. The image takes a while to appear though, anywhere between 5 and 10 seconds (it could do with being faster!). The strange thing is the copy function seems really quick (a couple of seconds)!? The interface is a little clunky to be honest but it gets the job done. There’s nothing quite like having your tablet next to you while taking photos and watch them pop up one after another on the screen next to you, it really is pretty clever stuff!|
WIRED Setup and Usage
|If you wish to connect to the FlashAir via a computer that does not have Wireless access, but is wired to a Router with Wireless access, then help is at hand. You can download the FlashAirTool form here and install it on the computer that needs access. Once installed you’ll need to connect the FlashAir SD Card directly to the PC so the card can be bound to your router, this will need to be done via a card reader of some sort.|
|Once the software has detected the connected SD card it can then be bound to your wireless router. This is simply a case of supplying your router name and password. Access to the FlashAir SD Card can now be made via the default URL (http://flashair/).|
Overall the Toshiba FlashAir 32GB SD card is an impressive bit of technology, with its built in Web Server and Wifi Access Hotspot. The obvious advantages of an SD card equipped with 32GB of memory I don’t need to promote, but couple this with the Class 10 speed designation and its Wireless access and we’re surely looking at the mother of all SD cards!
As I’ve mentioned above the downsides are the speed (that’s WiFi speed) as this seems to be a little hit and miss at times, meaning that you’re unlikely to want to browse through too many images at once. This is made more difficult by a slightly clunky web interface, that seems to possibly have speed issues of its own.
But given the choice, what card would you want? A slower Class 6 8GB card with no Wifi access, or the Toshiba FlashAir with its 32GB, Class 10 performance and its impressive Wifi Hotspot, I thought so… I think my old SanDisk 4GB Class 4 card is destined for the draw!