A look at the refreshed Seagate Wireless Plus External Drive

A look at the refreshed Seagate Wireless Plus External Drive

Jun 5, 2014

When we looked at the first iteration of the Seagate Wireless Plus, we thought it was an excellent idea that needed a bit of polishing to fully capitalize on its potential. Well, Seagate has been a-polishin’ of late, and the result is a refreshed Wireless Plus line with different capacities, and some new features that should endear it to the mobile masses.

To reprise, the Wireless Plus is a storage drive that is able to create a wireless connection with a compatible mobile device; in this way, the connected smart device can then access data stored on the Wireless Plus seamlessly. One great usage idea is for accessing movies; streaming them from the portable accessory eases the data burden on the smart device, and has the added benefit of being able to stream to multiple devices.

The re-imagined Wireless Plus comes in three flavors now, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB (we got to look at the 2 TB). It retains the same grey look of the original, with the same LED layout. The connector cover is gone though, replaced with a simple proprietary USB port. This port also supplants the dedicated power port, which is also gone. In the box is a matching USB cable, a USB wall socket and documentation.


The user experience is much improved, with a more consistent streaming process and interface with the companion app (which has been refreshed as well). I absolutely love the new cloud compatibility, which allows for syncing and access to Dropbox and Google Drive. Uploading and downloading can be performed wirelessly and traditionally via cable.

I like the consolidation of the sync and power functions… it just makes sense. I don’t like the proprietary port, but think the added functionality of the newer models makes that easier to swallow. I still found some wonkiness when the device is in the presence of multiple wi-fi sources, but this is really fixed by connecting concurrently with a trusted wi-fi source.

We really liked the original, but the updated hardware and software bring the Wireless Plus closer to being all that it can be. It’s still just as portable, and even more useful.

Seagate Wireless Plus Hardware Review

Seagate Wireless Plus Hardware Review

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.

First, the name hints at what the device brings to the table. A terabyte of storage, accessible on the go. Wirelessly.swp1

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.