As we become more mobile in the form of tablets, iPods, and smartphones, being able to efficiently store data for those devices are becoming less efficient and practical. Additionally, being able to migrate that data from one device to another isn’t optimal either. Yes of course there’s cloud storage, but has anyone really starting using that yet? Has anyone used it “on the go” yet? And have you considered that the core functions of cloud storage may cost you more than you would like to spend, take forever to download/stream to your device, and run up data usage on your wireless plan. Fortunately, that’s where Seagate steps in and offers “a mobile wireless storage” solution – the Seagate GoFlex Satellite portable storage hard drive.
After taking the GoFlex Satellite out of the box, you can’t help but notice how light and compact the device is. Inside the box, you’ll find several handy accessories that could have easily been left out – a USB 3.0 adapter with a separate USB cable, a wall charger, car charger, and a USB to DC cable.
The GoFlex Satellite has 500 GB of storage space for you to keep your music, photos, videos, and documents. All of these files are accessible through the traditional setup of a portable external hard drive or through any device with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Files are transferred to the GoFlex Satellite just like any normal external hard drive. Depending on the size of your file library, transferring your files should go fairly quick, suggesting that the USB 3.0 really stands out against USB 2.0. So once your files are uploaded on the GoFlex Satellite, accessing them wirelessly is achieved by connecting to the GoFlex Satellite wireless mobile network in the same way you connect to any wireless network. When the Wi-Fi LED light starts blinking blue, you’re ready to access the content on the drive wirelessly. From here you simply go to your browser and navigate to any website, and at this point you are automatically redirected to your GoFlex Satellite storage page.
Once you’re at the main page, several tabs are there for you to separate music, photos, videos, and documents. This ease is also found on each mobile device through the browser and iOS and Android applications.
Perhaps one of the greatest feature about the GoFlex Satellite is the ability to stream and share your files to three different devices at one time. We’re not just talking about three devices streaming or sharing the same file. We’re also saying that you can watch three different movies, play three different songs, or watch a movie, play a song, and look at photos on three different devices simultaneously. If you have kids, you already know how this will help. And just in case you were wondering, playback on several different devices prove to be near flawless for music and videos.
The only disappointment comes in the fact that once you are connected to the wireless network of the GoFlex Satellite, you lose internet access. Yeah, it really sucks because the only way to regain internet access on that device or devices, is to disable that network, which in turn blocks wireless access to your storage drive and files.
Aside from that one drawback, Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite is ideal for anyone wanting to have access to their files on the go with mobile devices like iPads, iPods, smartphones, laptops, and other tablets and computer devices. While it can function well as a traditional external hard drive, it works extremely well wirelessly, and will provide you with an option to cloud based storage. Let’s face it, mobile devices do not come with infinite amounts of data storage. And while storage drives like the GoFlex Satellite don’t either, it’s quite a bit harder to use up an extra 500 GB of storage. All in all, the GoFlex Satellite is a great device for anyone needing a mobile storage solution, and it gives the added bonus of being able to stream on different devices at the same time. At just $199.99, I think this is a perfect solution for your mobile storage needs. For more information and to purchase, visit www.seagate.com.