Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast


Today, we tested was a portable drive Canvio AeroCast from the company Toshiba. Fluently studying characteristics, we find a very respectable amount for a portable storage device, network connectivity WLAN, card reader support and the presence of built-in battery for independent operation. List of interesting, then I suggest to stop at each element in detail.

And as always begin with the wrapper! Comes Canvio AeroCast in conventional packaging, which has a listing of the basic characteristics and technology, a series of references is also present. However, more detailed reflectance model no.

Supplied with the drive itself, a small manual, connection cable and adapter for charging. In general, a set of standard, any bonuses not provided.

Housing Canvio AeroCast completely made of black plastic with a soft-touch coating, thanks to the drive cover is very comfortable to hold. Speaking in millimeters, the dimensions are 124x86x20, wherein the weight is at around 260 grams.As for me, such dimensional characteristics allow to take a drive with him, not really feel his presence.

On the front part is a button on and connector micro-USB 3.0, it is used to charge and connect directly via USB.

On the longitudinal edge has a slot for SD-cards. It supports SD and SDHC up to speed class 10. Nearby there is also a reload button, it is recessed into the body and accidentally presses.

On the upper face there are three LEDs, they can be used to trace the connection status of the memory card, the use of wireless / wired connection, and the third allows you to assess the status of the battery charging.

This basic controls and displays end. By the way, built-in LED brightness is optimal: they can be seen in the daytime, but at night they do not illuminate the entire room. You can only complain to the battery indicator, it is not always possible to estimate the charge level, multi-level display would be more universal.

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast

At the bottom of the case are four rubberized feet, they provide a smooth installation and protect against slipping on the desk Canvio AeroCast keeps very confident.

Disassemble Canvio AeroCast not so simple, looking ahead, the design No screws, all fasteners to hold snap. With the help of the guide blades, and remove the top cover, here we immediately see the hard drive Toshiba MQ01ABD100. It is he who provides the supply volume to 1TB, the speed of the plates is standard for class- 5400 rev / min.

Inside the case a hard drive, battery charge and guarded by three rubberized rails, they must provide a certain level of protection and vibration dampening. In general, because of them joined insides.

If the circuit board is connected to the drive and fixed rubberized guide, then the battery is firmly attached to the drive. Contrived to make the modernization of this unit, do not forget about this factor.

Batteries Used marked by Toshiba, personally I was surprised by this factor. According stickers battery capacity is 3100 mAh.

For reference, we present photos of the PCB. Of course, we are interested to know what functionality it provides, so I propose to move and set-up.

Let’s begin with a simple. When connected to a computer via USB-cable, Canvio AeroCast gives good speed characteristics, and works as a normal drive, the same battery is recharged. Small high-speed USB 3.0 specifications at the screenshots below.

When you turn on the device with the keys on the body rises wireless network, from turn-up to full operation takes about ten seconds. Connect to a network may be using a standard password: 12345678. Further, the user can go to the web interface, the default address is

In general, web-based interface allows you to configure Canvio AeroCast, file access storage device with the help of a user does not receive. Also, the user can obtain a summary of the drive, update the firmware, set the mode of a wireless network.

One of the interesting features that have shutdown mode Canvio AeroCast when idle, in some situations, a good point.

When connected directly to a network drive or in a mode of operation with the existing home network, the computer section of the drive and SD-card affordability in Windows. For users of the mobile application segment used Toshiba Wireless HDD, there are options for Android and iOS. To test, I used a variation of Android.

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast

In general, the application crashes workspaces on the location of the files, the lowest number of icons and file type – the central part of the field workers. With the application, the user can open and view Supported formats, or share files in the file / folder.

It is also possible to implement the access control to the drive, in some cases very necessary function. By the way, at the same time to the drive can connect up to six members. The “reserve” is intended for mobile device data bekapirovaniya or all SD-card.

In the settings available web interface similar position, however, it is reflected more clearly.

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast

In general, the issues with work applications have arisen, everything is pretty intuitive, and most importantly errors during testing was detected. What pleased, automatic program identified an older version of the software and offered to upgrade, press “OK” and then all the passes in the automatic mode. As a user of Windows Phone, I can only lament the lack of software for the platform :).

Thus, with regard to using WLAN connectivity. In fact Canvio AeroCast in support for 802.11b / g / n, which may indicate the connection speed of 150 Mbit / s. However, in the course of testing, we received completely different figures. They primarily depend on the distance between the access point and the accumulator. The results are within the room at 40 Mbit / s, beyond all depended on your device: home router successfully punched a wall, but the laptop is lost, and the stability of the signal speed is reduced to the level of 15-25 Mbit / s. On the phones and tablets all became even more interesting, the signal level was reduced at a distance of two meters, and the connection speed was reduced to the level of 10-13 Mbit / s.

If we talk about autonomy, the situation is almost similar to the speed characteristics: it all depends on the mode of use.The main source of absorption of the charge is a hard drive motor, respectively, during the procedure of constant read / write I managed to drain the battery in three hours five minutes. Further, the figures vary the intensity of the handling procedures to activate and drive off;).

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast

Perhaps it is time to sum up! To say short, Toshiba Canvio AeroCast allows the user to store quite a large volume of information, the access to this information, you can get almost anywhere using a wireless connection. Dimensions and weight characteristics make it truly mobile drive, given the volume.

Of course, the connection time is limited to about three to five hours of intensive use, but if you go back to moviegoers, the film can be copied and view already from your mobile device. In this version, almost every gadget will spend its charge faster;).

Speed ​​characteristics allow you to view videos directly from the drive, and the filling and the overall “moderation” of all content, you can use the full USB 3.0 with very good speed. Separately want to note the support for SD-card and the ability via mobile applications that are a good continuation of the devices in functional terms.

Review Drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast updated: October 5, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis