Before we began benchmarking the Gauntlet Node, we installed the latest 126.96.36.199 firmware. We strongly suggest the same to everyone, as it dramatically increases the performance of the device.
The read/write speed might appear very low but remember; this is a Wi-Fi connection. A speed of 1.4MB/s translates to 11,2Mbps, a fair speed for streaming media, although not ideal for 1080i/p content. The maximum wireless speed however has to do with the distance from the device, the mobile device connected to it and the number of devices connected at the time. The above results are taken with a laptop, with the Gauntlet 5 meters away and no other device connected at the time. Moving the laptop to a distance of a few cm increased the maximum read speed to 2.1MB/s (16.8Mbps), which speed however is still not enough for streaming 1080 content.
Battery life depends on many parameters as well. Patriot claims that this device has a battery life of up to 5.5 hours, so we had to see for ourselves. First of all, the life of the battery will obviously be affected by the drive installed in the Gauntlet Node; a 7200RPM performance HDD will definitely consume it much quicker than a SSD. As we think that installing an SSD inside the Gauntlet Node simply makes no sense, we only tested it using our 320GB Western Digital Blue HDD. As you can see from the graph above, battery life varies greatly depending on the kind of usage. Streaming MP3 files gave us a battery life of nearly 7 hours, more than what even Patriot claims. Streaming 720p content however dropped the battery life to 3.5 hours and copying files to the Gauntlet Node thrashed the battery life down to less than 2.5 hours.