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Ever find yourself needing more storage on your mobile devices? Do you regret getting the smaller capacity iPad or Android smartphone/tablet just to save a little money? Do you travel and want to take your media library with you on the go? If you find yourself answering yes to any of these questions, then Seagate may just have a solution in the latest addition to their GoFlex family. Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite is a hybrid wireless / storage device that claims to bring rich feature and functionality in an impressively small form factor, but is it really the Ying to your mobile device’s Yang? Let’s find out! Before we get to the hands on, let’s take a quick peek at the manufacturer’s specifications: Seagate has done a great job with the packaging, walking the line between simple and sufficient. Everything is tightly packed, but only takes a couple pieces of tape to get too. Included in the box: After opening the box, my initial thought was…”That’s it?”. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it just didn’t feel like everything was there. However, once I started to remove all the contents, I quickly realized that not only did I have everything, but that Seagate managed to cover all the bases with accessories that were both compact and high quality.
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. The only way to do that was to carry an external HDD, transfer the movies to a laptop, sync your tablet or smartphone with that content and then get only a fraction of it on your device. Pretty time-consuming, and involving lots of cords or wires. Enter Seagate GoFlex Satellite which is a network attached storage device with a difference. Instead of having a LAN port on the 500 GB drive, the Satellite has an inbuilt WiFi adapter. The concept of the GoFlex Satellite is very simple. Store your data on the drive, then connect your tablet or smartphone wirelessly to the Satellite and stream content. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is like any other GoFlex drive with a similar form factor. It does appear thicker than the portable drives due to the in-build wifi and battery addition. The drive has a glossy black finish on the front facing side and a matter black one on the other. There are two indicators – for the USB transfer and WiFi indicator.
At first glance, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite appears to be a standard GoFlex external hard drive, although there are hints that not all is what it seems. For a start, this is a far larger and bulkier product than Seagate's ultra-thin GoFlex Slim drive. The 'Satellite' part of the name is another hint that this drive is something different, since even though it comes with a USB 3.0 connection, its main function is to provide tablets and smartphones with additional, wireless, storage. If you're frustrated by your iPad's 16GB of space, then the Seagate GoFlex Satellite is designed to boost the capacity to 500GB.This is great in theory, but when tested, getting the drive to work flawlessly with iPads and iTunes was a complicated process, involving having to authorise accounts, download apps and plug and unplug the drive. Most of this lengthy process is actually down to Apple and its finicky digital rights management (DRM) controls, so we can't really blame Seagate. Setting the drive up with non-Apple tablets or mobile phone handsets is a far simpler affair.The Seagate GoFlex Satellite uses standard Wi-Fi to connect to your devices.
Like the Kingston Wi-Drive 16GB, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB is a portable storage device with built-in Wi-Fi, so you can store media and data files on the drive and enjoy them on any Wi-Fi device. But Seagate's drive differs from Kingston's in several key areas. The GoFlex Satellite has USB 3.0 cabled connectivity, which is backwards-compatible with the Mac's USB 2.0 ports. You can buy an optional FireWire 800 interface, and Thunderbolt is promised soon. As it uses the NTFS format, before your Mac can write to it you need to install an NTFS driver; fortunately this is included in the box. As the Satellite uses a hard drive it's bulkier and heavier than Wi-Drive, but you get a lot more storage for your money. A built-in accelerometer shuts down the drive to protect it against sudden knocks or falls. Battery life is around five hours, and up to three Wi-Fi-enabled devices can connect at any one time. The GoFlex Satellite's iOS application lets you open your media in third-party apps, so you're not restricted to file types iOS can natively read. If, for example, you have an ebook that won't open in iBook but will in Stanza, or a movie that can't be viewed in Video but can in Azul, you can enjoy them from the Satellite using these apps.
Even with the largest-capacity tablet, you can quickly run out of storage, especially if you like downloading movies and TV shows. The $199 Seagate GoFlex Satellite gives your tablet or smartphone as much space as a laptop in a much more portable package.Measuring 5 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite looks like a slightly larger version of any of Seagate's portable hard drives, and it's much larger than the Kingston Wi-Drive's smartphone-like dimensions (4.8 x 2.4 x 0.3 inches). The GoFlex Satellite's top is a glossy black plastic, the bottom has a matte finish, and the sides are wrapped in a silver plastic. Along one of the long edges is a small power port, and on the opposite side is a power button. The top has two small lights, one for power, and one to let you know it's wireless connection is active.The back of the GoFlex Satellite has Seagate's relatively new docking connector, so while it ships with a USB 3.0 adapter, you can also use any of Seagate's other connectors--USB 2.0, eSATA, and FireWire--which cost $24 each.Loading content on the GoFlex Satellite was simply a matter of plugging it into our notebook and dragging files over.
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