We’re all used to using cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, but sometimes it would be nice if you could take your files with you, without messing with wires.
That’s what the Fasetto Link sets out to do.What is it? “The most awesome stage”
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The Link is basically a wireless hard drive that can act as a personal cloud, a wireless hotspot, and backup device all in a square unit just 2 inches wide. It can integrate with your existing cloud services, and it boasts impressive specs for something so small:256 GB/ 512 GB / 2 TB of V-Nand storage Up to 2,500 MBps write/ 1,500 MBps read Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac Wi-Fi up to 1,900 Mbps 2 x 2 x 1 inches IP68 waterproofing Military standard Shockproof build 5 hours streaming battery life (2 weeks standby) Optional battery pack for 8 hours streaming/4 weeks standby USB-C port for charging and data 2048 bit encryption LTE Cellular option Connectivity for up to 30 devices, 15 of them streaming
I was consistently impressed with how well thought out the unit is while talking with Fasetto representatives.
I could shoot an image from a phone and have it uploaded to the drive in seconds, which can then be retrieved via an Android or iOS app, as well as a URL for other devices.The USB-C port is housed behind the wrist strap
Connecting to the drive via Wi-Fi doesn’t cut off your internet connection either – the drive can simply reroute your home Wi-Fi to your device. Moreover, you can use an optional LTE SIM adapter to always be connected and use the drive as a personal hotspot for up to a ridiculous 30 devices.
The device’s 64-bit processor and 4 GB of RAM allows it to stream high quality video. I wasn’t able to check on quality restrictions, but it works up to at least 1080p video without a hitch. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be able to handle 4K video given the specs either.
You might be thinking that setting up a Link in addition to your existing cloud storage may be a bit messy, but it turns out the Link can automatically back up your files to your cloud services as well, if you’d prefer. In the process, it would clear itself out to make sure you can store the files you need most immediately.When is it coming?
The device is expected to ship in April. Just be ready for some sticker shock if you want a lot of storage: the Link goes for $349 for the 256GB version, $499 for the 512 GB version, and $1,149 for the 2 TB unit.
However, it’s worth noting that you can actually connect an external hard drive via the USB-C port, should you already have a hard drive lying around and are interested in the Link mainly for its wireless capabilities.
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