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EMTEC's Power Connect and Wi-Fi Hard Drive; storage and power while you are on the go

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: EMTEC

Meet EMTECs powerful portable peripherals

You may not think you have heard of EMTEC before but if you are old enough to remember audio and video tape then their original name will ring a bell; they were once known as BASF Magnetics.  BASF officially launched their new division in 2000, focused on modern magnetic storage such as hard drives and flash.

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If you have seen an oddly shaped flash drive or ones made in the shapes of Looney Tunes or Angry Birds then you have run into EMTEC products.  As you can see above their product line is quite varied and includes the Power Connect for Mobile devices and the Wi-Fi Hard Drive P600, both of which they have sent for us to review. 

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The packaging is reminiscent of a gaming mouse with Velcro so you can open the box to see the device inside.  Even better is the lack of clamshell packaging, you won't have to risk a finger trying to open them.

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The WiFi Drive P600 is designed for portability, it is slightly larger than a deck of cards and is available in 1TB as well as 500GB models, the latter of which is the version that we received.  You can sync the hard drive wirelessly, over the LAN connection present on the bottom of the device or through the USB 3.0 port which is also the drives recharging port.  You can connect your devices to this drive in numerous ways, including setting it up as a SAMBA server or through DNLA if your devices are compatible.

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The Power Connect U600 is perhaps the more interesting of the two devices for people on the go.  With a large enough MicroSD card installed it can fulfill the same role as the WiFi HDD as it offers the same connectivity choices, including a LAN port, with the exception of DNLA functionality which is replaced with UPNP.  In addition to offering portable storage it can function as a WiFi hot spot and with the internal 5200 mAh battery it will be able to charge your phone when you are away from power.

Continue reading our review of the EMTEC Power Connect and WiFi Hard Drive!!

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October 14, 2015 | 09:11 PM - Posted by LauRoman

I used to have BASF audio reels. All i remember of Emtec is that i had a couple of RW drives of theirs 10 years ago.

October 14, 2015 | 10:34 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

BASF, we don't make a lot of the products you buy...we make the products you buy, better.

October 15, 2015 | 03:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Aren't there already portable drives that are their own WiFi hotspot without the need for plugging them into a existing router?

October 16, 2015 | 09:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have the older version of this, and I use it all the time when traveling. It is a WiFi hotspot the LAN port is optional to use if you want to hard-wire.

October 16, 2015 | 11:21 AM - Posted by zgradt

Sounds like a swiss army knife.

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