Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion with 64GB SD Card, Expanded Storage, 4640 mAh Battery Charger, and more for iOS and Android devices (MLWG2/64SD)
Here’s a one-device-does-all gadget that promises a lot. The Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion a power bank, a wireless SD card/flash drive reader, a mobile hot spot. For everything that it does, it’s not larger than my other power banks. Indeed, from a distance, one might mistake it for a smartphone. Where to begin?
On this, the device shines. At 4640 mAh, I can get up to a 99% charge on my HTC One M8, and it’s a fast charge. This is an excellent power bank.
The Mobilite app is free. We can use other apps, if we want. With my other Wi-Fi card readers, I’ve often had to hunt for other apps because the ones that come with the devices did not function well. With these readers, the app is everything. Did I have to find a new app to work with my Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion? Not at all. The app provides a smooth experience. Everything is user friendly, and it will keep playing all the music on my queue without forcing me to go back and push play after every song.
Wi-Fi SD CARD/FLASH DRIVE READER AND MOBILE HOT SPOT
I often have trouble with devices that connect via Wi-Fi. It seems they never give off a strong enough signal, as is the case here. The SD card drive, flash drive, and mobile hot spot would be perfect, if only the Wi-Fi signal were strong enough. I found that it’s nearly impossible to use these features unless I babysit the Wi-Fi signal and constantly hit the connect button on my phone. Sometimes, it will work a good ten minutes, but this is not a given. Even when sitting right next to the Kingston, I have trouble. Even when it works, my phone is loudly complaining about the unstable signal.
Since I think most people would be buying this device for the Wi-Fi card reading capability, I will have to rate this product three stars. It works, but not very well. The power bank half is five stars, fantastic.
This product was provided for review by Kingston.
UPDATE 4/16/15: UPDATE 4/16/15: The maker suggested I solve the Wi-Fi problem by either using the Mobile Companion as a bridge or disabling the Wi-Fi Optimizer. I did have it on bridge mode, which wasn’t helping.
Disabling Wi-Fi Optimizer did the trick. It kept my connection from disconnecting and I could stream music and mp4 files. However, the connection was still labeled unstable, and I was unable to bridge to my home network. I’ve been able to bridge in the past, and I haven’t changed those settings. Hmmm.