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The Patriot Memory Gauntlet 320 is in the high-end category of USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi 2.5" HDD.
The Patriot Memory Gauntlet 320 was ready to be used right out of the box and only required full battery charging. The 5400rpm drive pre-installed is not a fast drive but is perfectly adequate for USB 3.0 transfer rates and Wireless HD streaming.
Since the Gauntlet 320 comes with a 320GB drive pre-installed, the only step necessary for full functionality right out of the box is the initial battery charge. The drive installed inside the enclosure is a 5400rpm Toshiba HDD2K94 drive and is already pre-formatted with an NTFS file system. While this drive is not the fastest in its class, it is more than perfectly adequate for multi-device streaming and day-to-day external storage functions.
The Gauntlet 320 and the Gauntlet Node are physically, as well as functionally, identical. The only real difference is the drive installed inside. As demonstrated in our Gauntlet control panel and Gauntlet Connect app video, the Gauntlet WiFi enclosures are easily accessible and are useful not just for PCs but for mobile devices as well. When in WiFi mode, the Gauntlet 320 can be mounted as a network drive and can stream files to phones and multimedia devices through the Gauntlet Connect app. Up to eight users can connect to the Gauntlet 320 simultaneously and all eight of them could be doing something different. One person can stream music to an iPod, while another watches an HD video on their iPad and a third user can read PDF and MS Office documents directly on their phone, without any additional file format specific apps.
Unlike other WiFi storage expansion options, the Gauntlet 320 has Internet pass-through capability, so users don’t need to go completely internet-free while utilizing the enclosure. Since the Gauntlet 320 is broadcasting a WiFi SSID, Patriot Memory has also included WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security capability. Make sure to assign a password during the initial setup and it is also advisable to change the broadcast ID in the Gauntlet Control Panel. The Wireless benchmarks look low, relative to the USB 3.0 benchmarks, but this is within expected results and keep in mind that CrystalDisk Mark and ATTO use MB/sec so the transfer rate is sufficient for streaming to multiple devices at the same time.
Since the Gauntlet Node and the Gauntlet 320 use the same enclosure shell, users can always upgrade the drive to a larger capacity or faster speed alternative, if they wish to do so at a later time. The Gauntlet 320 is designed for portability so it is small and lightweight, although the power button is not recessed far enough that it cannot be accidentally pressed inside a crowded bag. Make sure it is stored properly during transport so you don’t waste the battery before you need it. In terms of price and value, the Patriot Gauntlet 320 is a welcome alternative for users in search of a ready-to-use storage solution out of the box. It is not meant to replace the Gauntlet Node in the series but is provided as a shopping choice.