Provided by: Patriot Memory
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The Patriot Memory Gauntlet Node is in the high-end category of USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi 2.5" HDD Enclosures.
The Patriot Memory Gauntlet Node was very easy to setup, despite the non tool-free design, and performs very well, able to use Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 for fast transfer rates.
Patriot Memory’s Gauntlet Node was still a prototype when the HiTech Legion staff saw it at CES 2012 in January and although it looks physically different, the convenient wireless streaming capability still manages to impress. Due to issues with heat dissipation from 3.5” drives, Patriot shrunk the Gauntlet Node enclosure to support only 2.5” drives, which is not exactly a major cause of concern, as solid-state drives are a lot more affordable now and make for an extremely fast mobile storage drive. The Patriot Gauntlet Node also has a hardwired USB 3.0 connector port for charging and direct transfer modes. Since using either the USB 3.0 or Wi-Fi connectivity requires processing power, only one of the two transfer modes can be activated at a time and the wireless connection automatically shuts off once USB 3.0 connection is detected and automatically turns on once unplugged.
One cool feature that Patriot engineers had the brilliant foresight to include is the Internet pass-through capability accessible through the Gauntlet Connect browser control panel, allowing users to be able to have internet capability while they are simultaneously connected to the Gauntlet Node wireless network. The Gauntlet Node essentially can be used as an access point so that productivity or entertainment can continue while the drive enclosure is being utilized.
Installation is very straightforward and easy, although it requires the use of precision screwdrivers as the corner screws are quite small. This is a minor issue, although I would’ve preferred it if the enclosure was easier to access while on the go. Patriot Memory has provided two extra screws just in case the user misplaces one and also provides silicone seals to cover up the mounting holes. There are also silicone anti-vibration grommets that can be attached to the side of the drive to minimize noise when using mechanical 2.5” drives.
For a small device, the Patriot Gauntlet Node Wireless enclosure is very impressive and has numerous useful features that were not merely afterthoughts. The design itself is simple and easy to use, including the software which is easy to navigate, use and understand. The built-in battery LED indicator is very handy so you can keep track of how much time you have while working on a project or watching a movie. The biggest fault I have found is the power button located on the Gauntlet Node. If you place the Gauntlet Node in your bag when you travel, the power button can accidentally be turned on or off since it is very easy to access. Even when removing the drive cover sometimes, users can press it accidentally when sliding the cover out. Maybe if there is some sort of hold function or if the power button is recessed it would not be as easily accessible.
The Patriot Gauntlet Node Wireless enclosure is a unique device that is not only useful for entertainment but for productivity as well. Having the ability to view document files, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations and various multimedia files on the go via the Gauntlet Connect App makes it much more than an enclosure. The Gauntlet Node is an information sharing hub fit for the modern lifestyle.