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...
Conclusion: Acting as a regular hard drive, we tasked it to run the default AS SSD sequential read/write test and to move a 3.35GB folder containing 2,087 files (Windows 8 USB install, incidentally) to-and-fro a Samsung 830 SSD in the host PC. We're comparing the Seagate's performance against the Corsair Voyager Air, a super-fast USB stick from Corsair, and a 2TB WD My Passport USB 3.0 external drive. Absolute speed is largely governed by the quality of the drive inside.
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
Excerpt: Seagate’s Satellite drive was one of the first wireless hard drives designed for use with mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Its new Wireless Plus provides similar wifi connectivity, but can also be used as an ordinary USB drive too.
compact 1TB drive that connects via wifi or USB
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?
Seagate Wireless Plus review: boost your iPad's storage
16 April 2013
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.
Connects to WI-Fi Internet and can acts as an intermediary Wi-Fi access point
Must connect vis USB to computer to delete files, No battery level indicator on drive