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Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless External SSD Review

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless External SSD Review
Toshiba's Canvio AeroMobile is a unique storage solution featuring solid state storage. If you're after fast, external storage over Wi-Fi, take a look.
By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Oct 2, 2014 5:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Toshiba



Wireless storage solutions have been gaining popularity with users that need additional storage for their smartphone and/or tablet.


The Canvio AeroMobile storage solution is Toshiba's take on wireless storage. This solution features 128GB of solid state storage accessible via 802.11n or USB 3.0. In addition to the on-board storage, the AeroMobile features an SD slot, giving users the ability to add capacity if needed or insert their memory cards from other devices and share that data with their smartphones and tablets. Compatibility is listed for iOS and Android devices, along with standard PCs via USB 3.0.


MSRP of the Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile in the 128GB capacity is listed at $149.99 (till September 30, 2014 at the time of writing) with a one-year warranty.




Scope of delivery for the Canvio AeroMobile includes a USB 3.0 cable, charger, and case for carrying your Canvio.




The Canvio AeroMobile features a silver exterior with three LEDs up top to denote activity.




On the edge of the device, we have the USB 3.0 port, reset button and power button.




On the side of the device we found the SD slot.




The app for the Canvio AeroMobile carries a simple layout. On the main screen, you have access to all of your media, while the bottom allows you to switch between on-board and external SD storage.






Over in the settings menu, you can change the wireless settings including channel, SSID and security.




An additional feature of the Canvio app is the ability to adjust the cache size. Options are included for 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.




A unique feature of the Canvio AeroMobile is the ability to back up your mobile devices. The wireless application allows you to setup four backups for your devices.




The Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile is factory formatted with the NTFS file system. Useable capacity after formatting is 119GB.




I ran the Canvio Wireless through a quick benchmark to see what kind of performance it could reach over USB 3.0. The Canvio topped out at 199 MB/s read and 177 MB/s write.


The Canvio AeroMobile is quite possibly the most put together mobile storage solution we have seen come through the lab. The 128GB of capacity gives the end-user a great amount of storage for videos, photos and whatever additional data they would like to store on the device. The build quality is clean, plastics fit together tight, and with the solid state storage, adds a bit of durability to the overall package.


Performance of the Canvio over USB 3.0 was rather good. We reached nearly 200 MB/s read and write and utilizing the app for iOS, we were able to do a complete backup of our iPhone 5s. The additional capability to add a SD card to the unit is a welcomed feature and really adds to the value of the kit.



PRICING: You can find the Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD (HDTQ112XCWF1) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD (HDTQ112XCWF1) retails for $129.99 at Amazon.


Canada: The Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD (HDTQ112XCWF1) retails for CDN$199.87 at Amazon Canada.




Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Toshiba's Canvio AeroMobile features 128GB of solid state storage, adding to that we have a USB 3.0 connection, and 802.11n for all your mobile devices. This may just be one of the best wireless storage solutions to come through the lab so far.

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