Seagate GoFlex Satellite - Wireless Media Streamer in your Pocket
11 May 2012
Excerpt: The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a portable wireless hard drive that lets you enjoy your media library while on the move with your mobile devices by wirelessly streaming your music, movies, photos and even documents whenever you require them.
Pros: Easy to setup and use, Can stream simultaneously up to 8 devices, Acts a Wi-Fi bridge
Cons: Requires third-party player to play more video formats, Battery life is decent, but could be better, Expensive
Excerpt: The Good Faster than FireWire 800 Much faster than USB 2.0 Cheapest route to external Thunderbolt drive Acceptable price Bus powered for portability Compatible with all SATA 2.5" HDDs The Bad Not significantly faster than FireWire 800 One Thunderbolt port, no daisy-chaining Still must buy...
Pros: Faster than FireWire 800, Much faster than USB 2.0, Cheapest route to external Thunderbolt drive, Acceptable price, Bus powered for portability, Compatible with all SATA 2.5" HDDs
Cons: Not significantly faster than FireWire 800, One Thunderbolt port, no daisy-chaining, Still must buy Thunderbolt cable, Not as fast as dual-HDD RAID setups (but admittedly cheaper)
Excerpt: With devices such as tablets and smartphones increasingly being used for media consumption, the capacities on offer on these devices do not really evoke glee. Imagine having 100s of HD movies, or 1000s of songs which you may want to carry along and watch or listen to on your tablet or smartphone.
Conclusion: Even though I have a script that uses rsync to perform incremental backups, it took a while to complete a backup using the Firewire 800 adapter with the Seagate GoFlex disk. Now that I have the Seagate Thunderbolt adapter, I’ll be able to complete backups in less time, meaning I’m more likely to...
Pros: Faster transfers than either USB 2.0 or Firewire 800, Works with either the 22mm or 14.5mm Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex disks, Faster backups mean I'm more likely to do backups
Excerpt: The Seagate GoFlex Turbo is an external hard drive that makes use of the fastest USB 3.0 connectivity, which is still rare these days. It has a rugged design and a solid selection of utilities to make using this drive as easy as possible.
Pros: Slim, robust design, Handy set of applications, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800 connectivity
Cons: Slightly overpriced, Below average data speeds
Summary: The GoFlex Desk 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive delivers exactly what we've come to expect from Seagate. The massive capacity could probably store your entire music, movie, and picture collections with room to spare - and with the USB 3.0 interface it can transfer it with lightening speed.
Pros: » Good performance, » 4TB of storage in one fairly compact device, » PC and Mac compatible - without having to download software, » "Universal" dock works with most SATA drives, » USB 3.0 connectivity
Cons: » All 4TB of your data is counting on the survival of just one drive, » Price/availability may be impacted due to current hard drive shortage
Summary: The Seagate's USB 3.0 hard drive is the one to buy if you're into space monoliths, speed and cross-platform compatibility. Not that there's any 4TB competition at the moment...
Pros: Sleek monolithic design, Passively convection cooled, Excellent R/W speeds for a HDD, 7,200 RPM, USB 3.0/2.0 compatible, Can be converted for FireWire 400/800, Real-time backups monitor for changes
Cons: 2-year warranty, Lacks a power button, Not designed for horizontal placement, Software incompatible with ASmedia-based USB 3.0 controllers
Excerpt: Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra portable drive is an upgrade of the GoFlex pro drive with the main differences being the bump in storage from 1 TB to 1.5TB and the Ultra drive being a USB 3.0 compatible drive. It is the only portable drive that goes beyond the standard 1TB size.
Conclusion: The Seagate GoFlex Turbo external hard drive extends the GoFlex line with speed. If you're one of the many users who move a lot of files and where things don't happen fast enough, get one of these Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 friendly drives.
Pros: Runs at a speedy 7,200 rpm. SafetyNet Data Recovery service. GoFlex compatible (USB 3.0/FireWire/eSATA/Thunderbolt).
Cons: SafetyNet doesn't include shipping. Other adapters are extra.