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
Summary: If you own a Mac with a Thunderbolt port and want to transfer files fast, get the GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter, an easy-to-use accessory that will double your drive's read/write speeds. While the adapter is a relatively expensive $99, the savings in your time could well be worth it.
Pros: Easy to use, No external power supply, Twice as fast as USB 2.0
Cons: Only compatible with Macs, Somewhat 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 Thunderbolt cable Not as fast as dual-HDD RAID setups (but admittedly cheaper) Seagate has continued to expand its GoFlex hard drive system, which features interchangeable interfaces...
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)
Conclusion: This is a simple but effective multimedia storage solution, with wide file-format support and a painless media importing and indexing process. 3TB worth of storage represents good value for money here, with the swappable hard disk giving buyers of the smaller capacity models an easy upgrade route. However, the GoFlex Cinema’s interface could have used some further honing, and there’s no wi-fi support for importing files.
Excerpt: I reviewed a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive and eSATA Upgrade Cable a while ago (see related posts for a link to the review), and I’ve been using the drive since. I replaced my Dell computer with a MacBook since that review, so I can no longer use the eSATA cable with the external disk. That’s no problem, though. The beauty of the Seagate GoFlex disks is their flexibility – you can convert your external disk from USB to eSATA to Firewire 800 simply by...
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. The only downside is the price, which is a little high for only 500GB of storage.
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 Turbo looks slick and comes with a bevy of helpful applications, but as a USB 3.0 drive, it's middle-of-the-road. The Turbo caps out at 750GB for storage capacity, but at $179 it costs $10 more than the 1TB Buffalo MiniStation Extreme, which had much faster transfer speeds. While we like its software, value-conscious consumers will find a better deal elsewhere.
Pros: Appealing design, Robust selection of preloaded utilities, Intuitive interface
Cons: Below average readwrite speeds, Expensive for only 750GB of storage,
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. The included software is more of a basic solution, similar to Microsoft Backup. If you want something a bit more robust you'll have to pony up $50 or find another third-party solution.
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