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Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless Hard Drive Review

By on November 22, 2011
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Expanding your iOS device’s measly storage.

Good: Fast streaming; Quick transfer via USB 3.0; Multiple options to charge battery or power the drive; Easy to use interface on PC and iOS devices
Bad: Low battery life; Playback limited to device types
Price: AED 750
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

One of the worst decisions to make while getting an iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch is that extra bit of storage is going to cost you a lot. Jumping from 16GB to 64GB seems an awful lot when you consider the price hike. However, Seagate wants to remedy this problem with their GoFlex Satellite wireless hard drive, where you can purchase 500GB for $200. That price would net you an extra 48GB on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The GoFlex Satellite is basically an external 500GB HDD but with built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, which is why it looks chunkier than the average pocket HDD. Well, that and the rechargeable battery. There are two LEDs on the top to indicate power and wireless activity. On the top there’s a SATA power connector whereby you can connect the GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter to connect the hard drive to your PC or Mac to transfer files. On the right there’s the power button and on the left there’s the DC adapter plug.

Now the way the GoFlex Satellite works is very simple: you simply turn it on, connect to it via WiFi and playback everything on the device. Now playback of the type of files depends on your device. For instance on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 I couldn’t playback .mkv or .avi files, but when connected to my laptop, I could playback any type of video file. Furthermore while compatible videos, like .mp4, would stream immediately on my iOS devices, on my computer I actually had to download the video files first, and then WMP11 would play it back. The same happens when trying to view video files on a MacBook Air. Images and songs streamed immediately, with certain .mp4 files streaming instantaneously.

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