SanDisk Launches 256GB Flash Drive and Wireless Stick for iPhone and iPad

SanDisk today announced that its iXpand Flash Drive is now available in a larger 256GB storage capacity for $279.99, expanding upon existing 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities available for between $49.99 and $129.99.


The iXpand Flash Drive connects to the Lightning port on an iPhone or iPad to provide the device with up to 256GB of additional storage space through the SanDisk iXpand Drive app. It has a USB-A port with USB 3.0 speeds for quickly transferring files to and from another iOS device, Mac, or PC.

MacRumors reviewed the second-generation iXpand Flash Drive last year and noted that it was a worthwhile purchase for those who need expanded storage, although the new 256GB size is on the expensive side.

SanDisk also introduced its Connect Wireless Stick in a larger 256GB storage capacity for $279.99. The wireless flash drive enables wireless storage and transfer of files from one iPhone or iPad to another iOS device, Mac, or PC over a password-protected Wi-Fi network. It has a USB 2.0 port.

Both external storage solutions are available now at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, and select other retailers in the United States and elsewhere.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
36 months ago
256GB and USB 2.0 should never co-exist in the same product, unless it has USB 3.0 and 2.0 for backward compatibility. Who thought that adding wireless at the expense of USB speed was a good idea to do?
Rating: 6 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
Just in time for apple to remove lightning as it's port.
Rating: 5 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

If the purpose is storing music and videos that you can watch, then USB 2.0 is plenty fast enough. Very few movies take even 2 MB/s. And if I fill a 256 GB drive with movies from my Mac, I'm not going to wait for it to finish even with USB 3.0. I'll start the copy and do other things. Eventually it's done.

Yes, but with UHD 4K becoming a thing even on smaller devices, that's likely to change in the near-ish future.

I don't think the bottleneck is the flash memory. I've seen USB 2.0 push at most 50MiB/s (bytes, not bits). For whatever reason, it's always slower than that on flash drives. I've seen USB 3.0 flash drives push 80MiB/s, and they have much faster read/writes when plugged into USB 3.0 slots instead of 2.0.
[doublepost=1488277760][/doublepost]
Watch them replace it, but not with USB-C.

Yeah, didn't we here recently something about an "Ultra Accessory Connector" (UAC)...??
https://arstechnica.co.uk/apple/2017/02/apple-uac-port

"smaller than Lightning or USB-C, that could be used to charge devices or transfer data."
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
Why is this not USB-C instead?

A lot of good type-A connectors are on current Macs....
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
USB 2.0 ...Shows where the vision of this company is.
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

256GB and USB 2.0 should never co-exist in the same product, unless it has USB 3.0 and 2.0 for backward compatibility. Who thought that adding wireless at the expense of USB speed was a good idea to do?


I have three of the Connect sticks up to 64GB capacity. They max out at 10MB/s write speed via USB. Yup, you read right. Adding USB 3.0 would be the proverbial 'putting lipstick on a pig' since the NAND chips used are so low budget and slow. The wireless bit works well, if slowly, otherwise. Fine for uploading small images but not much fun for large sized files. I honestly do not see the value in high storage capacities until Sandisk beefs up the wireless and I/O speeds considerably.
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
I don't really get these, you have to use the typically clunky manufacturer apps.

This won't be any use to me until iOS has integral support for extended storage via lighting.
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
USB 2.0 Really ?
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
I have the sandisk connect 64GB wifi USB stick and I love it. It's a lot faster to put movies on it then on my ipad. Up to 3 people can watch different movies at the same time. I gifted the 32GB to 3 different friends I know with kids. They all love it. They can turn it on for road trips and traveling, no more fights between kids. I keep mine in my backpack incase I get stuck somewhere unexpectedly.

That being said that 256GB version is super expensive especially considering that the 200GB version is only $99! (At the Apple Store, $84 today on Amazon!). It can still do watch movies while charging too, and I always have a battery pack with me too.
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

[USER=112790]@macduke[/USER] thank you for the correction. What weckart has stated above is what I was trying to get at. But i very much agree, for over $200, is quite ridiculous.

No problem. Sometimes people forget how freaking slow USB 2.0 really is. It was released 17 years ago! I remember it was still fairly new in the first PC I built when I was a kid back in 2002 because I think only some of the ports were USB 2.0 and I had to buy a PCI expansion card to get more. And now I'm getting PTSD flashbacks of that horrible machine, lol.
[doublepost=1488298720][/doublepost]

If the purpose is storing music and videos that you can watch, then USB 2.0 is plenty fast enough. Very few movies take even 2 MB/s. And if I fill a 256 GB drive with movies from my Mac, I'm not going to wait for it to finish even with USB 3.0. I'll start the copy and do other things. Eventually it's done.

It's not really about consuming content as much as it is about how long it takes to fill it with content. If you're loading up 256GB worth of movies for a trip, at a best speed of 35-40MB/s, that will take you 109-125 minutes. That's still a lot of video, so for people who just load it up once and forget about it, it might be fine. But USB 3.0 controllers and faster flash isn't exactly expensive nowadays. Even this well reviewed, high end 256GB flash drive ('https://www.amazon.com/PNY-Elite-256GB-Premium-Flash/dp/B01E17LNNU/') in a premium enclosure that does 400MB/s read and 180MB/s write is only $89, and you can fill it in 24 minutes. Or they make a 512GB version ('https://www.amazon.com/PNY-Elite-512GB-Premium-P-FD512PRO-GE/dp/B01E17LOL6/') that does 250MB/s read for only $224 and 256GB of it could be filled in 17 minutes. You get twice the storage space and six times the write speed for $55 less. And MFi isn't going to cost anywhere near $55 per unit. Or the $190 markup over the 256GB version. It's a massive ripoff, and they should be ashamed for selling a super slow USB 2.0 device for that much money. If it was way cheaper, then I could maybe understand. Maybe. But in 2017 it saves them pennies to use USB 2.0.
Rating: 1 Votes
[ Read All Comments ]