Reviews and Problems with Seagate Wireless Plus USB 3.0 (STCK1000100 / STCK1000101 / STCK1000200 / STCK1000300)
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Seagate Wireless Plus External Hard Drive
21 October 2013
Excerpt: Currently available in a 1-Terabyte capacity—as much storage as the hard disks inside current iMacs—Wireless Plus is roughly the same size as G-Connect: at 3.5” wide, 5” deep and 0.7” tall, it’s actually a bit smaller in two dimensions and less than 0.1” wider. Seagate achieves this feat with a smart trick; while G-Technology built an Ethernet port and micro-USB connector directly into G-Connect, Seagate ends Wireless Plus’s back with a black plastic cap that pops open...
Summary: The Seagate Wireless Plus is an ideal device for you, if you think that the 32GB or 64GB maximum storage limit on your smartphone or tablet is just not enough and you want to carry your whole library along. It is great for content creators and travelling professionals. Its ability to connect multiple devices, share internet connections and ease of use work is in its favour. Battery life is also pretty decent and it can be a great companion on long journeys.
Pros: Great build quality, Easy to use, Decent battery life, Fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds
Cons: Takes 3-4 tries to connect to your device despite Seagate access point being recognized, Native Seagate Media app does not support all movie formats, Range is not quite great
Conclusion: Think of the Seagate Wireless Plus wireless media hard drive as a streaming photo, video, and music library for your family's phones, tablets, and laptops.
Pros: Caches media lists. Responds faster than previous iterations. USM connector. Large capaicty wireless storage for iOS devices, Kindle Fire, and Android. Passes Internet through. Works with some smart TVs and DLNA devices. Can use drag and drop or Media Sync app. Works with browsers in laptops and desktops.
Cons: Easily misplaced USM port cover. Some videos play in browser, some in the Seagate Media app.
Conclusion: So, we’re a bit torn. The Wireless Plus only justifies its premium price if you use it as a streamer of media content. Otherwise, if you’re just using this device tethered to a laptop or desktop most of the time, you’re better off sticking to a simple, much cheaper USB 3.0-friendly device with the same or more storage capacity.
Pros: Speedy over USB 3.0 interface, Allows you to connect wirelessly to drive and Web at same time, Supports DLNA streaming
Cons: Slow Wi-Fi speeds, Web interface lacks advanced features, No built-in user manual, Limited streaming connections supported
Summary: With the Wireless Plus, Seagate has resolved every issue we had with its original wireless hard drive. Best of all, it doubled the storage, while keeping the price at $199. While the Patriot Gauntlet 320 is certainly capable, Seagate's Wireless Plus lasts longer on a charge, offers more than twice the storage for just $40 more, and has a more intuitive and robust app. If you're looking to take all of your content with you, the Wireless Plus is the way to go.
Pros: Intuitive app, Can stream content from devices and be online at same time, Apple Airplay compatible, Streaming to Samsung Smart TVs coming soon
Cons: Needs better battery life indicator, Below-average USB 3.0 transfer speeds
This wireless hard drive is perfect if you want to stream media content to an Android or iOS device
Good Gear Guide.au
26 May 2013
Summary: Seagate's Wireless Plus offers a good way to stream media content to multiple mobile devices, whether you're at home or on the road. It's a little cumbersome to set up, but it does its intended job very well. And you can use it as a regular external hard drive, too.
Pros: A good solution for streaming media to mobile devices, Good wireless performance, Accessible on local network via pass-through
Cons: Can be a little cumbersome to set up, Power button feels cheap, Pass-through setting is not remembered by the app
Excerpt: I love my iPad, but I made the mistake of buying a 16GB model—that’s not enough storage for all my apps, home videos, movies, TV shows, photos, and documents. I can rely on cloud storage, but since my iPad is Wi-Fi only, I like having extra local storage. I’ve been using a Kensington Wi-Drive, but it has its limitations. Take a look at Group test: what's the best NAS device?
Excerpt: which we reviewed last year. It can be accessed by most Wi-Fi enabled devices using a web browser, but for iOS and Android users there are dedicated apps. We'll be testing using an iPhone and an iPad. The Seagate Wireless Plus is available for around £170.00.
Pros: Lots of storage space, Connects to internet to ensure your device is always connected, Can be used by up to 8 users, Can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, Easier than the
Cons: Can be a little slow in use, Can't save images using app to camera roll, No in-car charger supplied