PREVIEW: IFA 2014 – Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile wireless storage device

IFA 2014 – Automatic, portable back-up for SD Cards from cameras plus wireless streaming for all the family

Live from the IFA 2014 trade show, Berlin, Germany

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Take your own cloud on holiday. That’s the message behind this portable wireless hard drive that’s easily the best specified around. Its competitor, the SanDisk Connect, has a four-hour battery life and a 16GB-64GB maximum hard disk. Toshiba’s Canvio AeroMobile doubles all of that, reaching eight hours and 128GB of solid state drive – so no moving parts.

Designed to act as a hub for up to eight devices to back-up or stream data in whatever guise imaginable, the Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile has families in mind; two kids can stream separate movies stored on the pocket-sized device thanks to its own Wi-Fi Direct network, while a smartphone’s camera can automatically back-up to it. That’s all configured in the Toshiba Wireless SSD app, which is comprehensive and logical to use.

However, best of all, the Canvio AeroMobile has a SD Card slot that can be set to automatically copy anything on an inserted card, most likely fro a D-SLR camera. For anyone taking photos on holiday the old-fashioned – and best – way, the Canvio AeroMobile is a bit of a problem-solver.

Measuring 63×123.2×12.5mm and weighing 120g, the Canvio AeroMobile works with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Price as previewed: £119