Sep 10, 2013
To be honest, I usually don’t get too excited by hardware. I love trying new stuff, but it is only once in a blue moon that one gets an opportunity to try something unique enough to make you want to “test” it again and again. And again.
I am fairly familiar with Seagate; it’s name is familiar to people who have opened up or upgraded the hard drives on a computer. Their external drives help extend the functionality of many an overwhelmed computer too. Getting an opportunity to review a current piece of hardware like the Seagate Wireless Plus portable hard drive was right up my ally.
When the review package came in, I was a bit confused; I thought it was a bit small. I unconsciously assumed that it would be of similar size to an older external Seagate unit I use. Nope. It was smaller (you can see the review unit and my older unit in the image on the right), coming in at an official size of 5 x 3.5 x 0.8 in inches, and just over a pound with regards to weight. I liked the sleek grey looks, the box shipped with a power cable and USB docking piece.
So… what does this unit really do? Well, first, it’s mobile storage device. I was able to move documents, music and video on to it, and access them on the go via the device’s self-created wireless network. I was able to connect on the fly with data off. The companion Seagate Media App helps streamline the process, and I liked the ability to stream with its network.
Another feature I like is the ability of the device to connect to multiple devices (the data sheets states 8); it handles my multiple Android devices simultaneously in a proficient manner. Another benefit I stumbled upon is that media on the device can be used in conjunction with computers via USB and/or wi-fi, if the terminal is so equipped. It did get lost at times, and reconected; re-setting mostly fixed this. In my testing, it doesn’t seem to like areas with a lot of wi-fi signals (like residential areas, but on the road, we only suffered a single drop while streaming a movie. Twitter support was very helpful.
It isn’t a cheap device; arguably, though the added benefit of self-networking and multiple device use does increase its overall utility.
Wireless Plus: welcome to my Go Bag.
The Seagate Wireless Plus is available from Amazon for (at the time of this review) $182.82.