July 23, 2014

HooToo TripMate Elite (HT-TM04) Review

HooToo TripMate Elite (HT-TM04) Review

There’s no reason for you to run out and purchase personal online cloud space from Dropbox, a new router for traveling, an external battery pack, and a second one just in case the first one dies on you. That’s all in the past thanks to a little 4-in-1 gadget from HooToo. I have tested many of their products since about a year ago but this one is by far the coolest one that I have reviewed – I have seen nothing like it, honestly. That’s why I want to introduce you all to the TripMate Elite (HT-TM04).

What’s in the Box?

There’s a ton to talk about from such a portable gadget but I want to also discuss what you also receive from inside the box:

  • Cheap Carrying Case
  • Never-Tangle USB to Micro USB Cable
  • User Manual

The basics for what you would normally expect from a gadget that is meant to be easy to carry, pack away, and take on-the-go.

Part 1

Where Does the HooToo TripMate Elite (HT-TM04) Exceed?

The question is rhetorical when it comes to what makes this little gadget stand out from the competition. Basically, four main features makes the TripMate Elite different than the competition:

  • Personal Cloud
  • Travel Router
  • External Battery Pack
  • Dual USB AC Charger

I will go in-depth of all four features without spoiling any surprises since I can happily recommend this product to people like you – the average consumer. Let’s start!

Personal Cloud

I love using Google Drive, Dropbox, and recently fell in love with OneDrive but they don’t give me a Personal Cloud for my local area network (LAN) in which only devices connected to the same network can access those file. In English, the TripMate allows you to connect an external USB storage device (i.e. USB Hard Drive) and those that are connected to your network (Wi-Fi) can only access it. This makes watching movies, listening to music, and viewing photos easier than ever.

In my testing, I plugged the Sabrent USB Card Reader into the TripMate Elite and was able to share it with anyone on the network. I accessed my files on all my devices, such as; Apple iPod touch 4th Generation, ASUS Nexus 7, and Samsung Galaxy S4. There’s one drawback that I must mention right now. You must own an iOS or/and Android device in order to access these files due to the requirement of downloading the official HooToo app that’s only available in the App Store and Play Store. Otherwise, Windows Phone users are out of luck for the moment – I have yet to find a solution or workaround for this issue.

Travel Router

Traveling is what I do and love to do; it’s what makes living fun and adventurous. Except, when you return to your hotel/motel and notice that there’s only one ethernet port available. The TripMate Elite fixes this little issue with it’s built in Travel Router feature. This means you can connect it to the ethernet port (Note: Ethernet Cable Not Included) and share it to all of your devices with a custom password.

In my testing, I was able to share my Internet directly from my router (Service Provider: AT&T) to all of my devices with no problems. The ability to connect was key and successful on my iPod touch 4th Generation, Lumia 810, Nexus 7 1st Generation, and both of my Windows 8.1 computers. Please be safe and understand that the Internet speed will all depend on the service provider.

External Battery Pack & Dual USB AC Charger

As people, we’re always using our devices for pretty much anything; surfing the web, listening to music, or sharing a funny video. That’s great and all but your battery is bound to die sooner or later. The TripMate Elite features a built-in battery that not only power itself but also charges your devices via two USB ports. Both pushes out the same amount of charge but one features 1.0 Amps while the other features 2.1 Amps. What’s the difference? Well, the first one is able to charge your smartphone and small-battery devices quicker while the second one is able to charge your tablet, phablet, and bigger-battery devices quicker. If you misuse the ports and their labels your results won’t be efficient.

In my testing, it took about 30 minutes to charge my iPod touch 4th Generation, about 1 hour to charge my Lumia 810, and an hour and about 20 minutes to charge the Lumia 1020. All of these charges were completed with a single charge from the TripMate Elite and I didn’t even have to recharge it for them all to receive a second helping of battery! Excellent work!

Where Does the HooToo TripMate Elite (HT-TM04) Lack?

The only flaw I managed to find was that there’s no HooToo app for Windows Phone users leaving them from benefiting to access the personal cloud like those users with an iOS or/and Android device.

Part 2

How the HooToo TripMate Elite (HT-TM04) Fit in my Life?

Ever since I received the TripMate Elite I have found traveling a bit less stressful and found the enjoyment of being able to stay connected to fun and play easier than ever – no matter what task is at hand.

Why Should You Purchase this for Yourself?

Like I mentioned in the beginning, I highly recommend picking up this for yourself as a personal gift for you as well as the family. There’s less yelling in the car on the way to Disneyland.

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