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Review: Seagate GoFlex Satellite

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You want to carry all your multimedia files on your iPad and iPhone but there’s not enough room on the device.

The GoFlex Satellite from Seagate can solve that problem. The 500GB drive creates its own wireless network to stream music, pictures and videos to your smartphone or tablet.

So instead of deciding which files to take with you – you can take them all and enjoy them on the go.  

The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is slightly smaller than a paperback book and only weighs 267g so it’s easy to take it anywhere.

With 500GB capacity there’s plenty of space for your multimedia files.

The device works with a PC or a Mac and files can only be loaded onto the GoFlex Satellite when it is connected to the computer using the included USB cable.

The device is USB 3.0 compatible so when connected to a computers USB 3.0 port the transfers are even faster. It will still work with USB 2.0 ports as well albeit a little slower.

It comes with Media Sync for Mac and Windows computer which can help sync your files even easier from your own file structure or an iTunes library.

But when you need to access those files there are no cables in site.

The battery-powered GoFlex Satellite creates its own local network which can be joined by up to three devices at the same time.

Connect wirelessly to the GoFlex Satellite to stream content from 500GB hard drive

Each device can find the Satellite drive on their network list then they turn their wi-fi on.

Passwords can also be set for the GoFlex Satellite to ensure extra security.

The files from the drive can be accessed in one of two ways. Users can download a free dedicated app from Apple’s App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch or from the Android Market for Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

The other way to access your content from the drive is via the browser. And because the only connection is the one between the device and the drive the browser will automatically allow access to the stored contents.

Three people can connect to the device at once and even view the same file simultaneously.

We tested this by accessing the same video from two iPads and an iPhone and it not only played smoothly, we were also able to scrub back and forward through the movie without affecting the playback on the other devices.

Files can be accessed from the GoFlex Satellite using a free app or via the browser on your tablet or smartphone

So imagine having the drive in the car or on a long flight and allowing the kids to choose their own content to watch on their device.

It also comes with a car charger so the GoFlex Satellite’s battery can always be powered up.

Speaking of the battery, the GoFlex Satellite can run for up to five hours on a full charge and takes about three hours to charge completely when it’s completely drained.

The GoFlex Satellite is small enough to take and use anywhere

It would have been nice to have more compatible video formats to view on the iPad and iPhone – something we thought possible considering the files are being streamed to the device rather than saved to the onboard memory.

It will only support H.264, MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video files but on the music side it does offer a wide range of support including AAC, MP3, AIFF, WAV and Apple Lossless.

But one thing we really liked was the price. When it goes on sale in September at just $219 it will offer great value for a product that many will find extremely useful.

GoFlex Satellite

Price: $219

Four and half stars (out of five)

www.seagate.com