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Seagate Goflex Satellite 500GB hard drive review

An external WiFi drive that boosts storage for tablets and smartphones
Fri Sep 09 2011, 16:13
Seagate GoFlex wireless hard drive

Product Seagate Goflex Satellite
Website Seagate
500GB, USB 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n, WPA security, supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, 267g, five hours continuous streaming, 25 hours standby time, 120x90x22mm, 267g
Price £180

SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS are able to replicate most of the multimedia functionality associated with laptop and desktop computers, but one of their key limitations at present is on-board storage.

Step forward storage maker Seagate, which aims to allow users to share content using portable devices, negating the need to splash out on that 64GB Ipad or 32GB Android tablet.

The Goflex Satellite is an external 500GB hard disk drive that allows users to stream content to three devices simultaneously over WiFi. With dimensions of 120x90x22mm and a weight of 267g, the device is portable enough to carry around all day.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite HDD

One of the things we like about the Goflex Satellite is its ease of use. Users can simply load movies, photos, music onto the hard drive, hit the switch to activate the WiFi and share content. The drive works on both PCs and Macs, with the latter requiring a quick manual driver install. The device comes with a USB 3.0 connection, facilitating high-speed data transfers for those who have the latest laptop or desktop.

Best of all, the Goflex works on pretty much any device that has a WiFi connection and web browser. The hard drive can also be used with a dedicated Apple IOS or Android app. However, once connected to the Goflex, it is not possible to use WiFi bridging, so if users need to connect to another hotspot to use the internet they will have to disconnect.

During our tests, we primarily used the web browser to view content and manage settings. When sharing content with friends or colleagues, the browser is the quickest and easiest way to view content. It doesn't require users to download anything - handy if there is no nearby internet connectivity.

Once you are connected to the Goflex WiFi, simply type in any URL and the page redirects to the Goflex web interface.

Seagate Go Flex Android app

We were able to stream content directly to an Ipad 2, a Blackberry Playbook, an Acer Iconia Tab, a Motorola Xoom, an HTC Flyer, a Google Nexus S and an HTC Desire S. Even when streaming video content to three devices simultaneously for prolonged periods of time, playback was smooth and the connection did not drop or stutter.



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