Published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:09
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I'm well aware that this may sound like a fairy tale for some of you but once upon a time we all used to carry around 1.44" floppy disks with which we shared games, midi tunes (i recall several groups attending various competitions for such things - some are now scene groups) and software with our friends at school. Now although floppies where eventually replaced by CDs and later on by DVDs still i can't remember a time when we used to carry large amounts of data with us at least not until the first 2GB USB flash drives made their appearance in the market over a decade ago. Of course as you all know now things have changed quite a bit and so most people carry around at least a high capacity USB flash drive while professionals and enthusiasts (even gamers) have no other choice but to carry 2.5/3.5" portable hard drives with them in order to store all the data they need. That being said most people (myself included) own at least one tablet and one smartphone so having the ability to access your data via such devices can be extremely useful and so for the past 2 years we've witnessed the introduction of many WiFi enabled drives and card readers that offer exactly that. Well Seagate just took things onto the next level with their latest Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage that offers up to 2TB of space for people who really want something more from such a device.
Founded in 1979, Seagate is the leading provider of hard drives and storage solutions. From the videos, music and documents we share with friends and family on social networks, to servers that form the backbone of enterprise data centers and cloud-based computing, to desktop and notebook computers that fuel our personal productivity, Seagate products help more people store, share and protect their valuable digital content. Seagate offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of hard disk drives, solid-state drives and solid-state hybrid drives. In addition, the company offers an extensive line of retail storage products for consumers and small businesses, along with data-recovery services for any brand of hard drive and digital media type. Seagate employs more than 50,000 people around the world.
The Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage is basically a 2.5" hard disk drive housed inside an state of the art aluminum/plastic USB 3.0 enclosure that features an internal WiFi receiver/transmitter and a rechargeable battery which gives it up to 10 hours of life. Via the WiFi receiver/transmitter you can access the data inside the drive with up to 8 WiFi enabled devices, stream HD media content on up to 3 WiFi enabled devices (3 different movies to 3 different devices) and also share your internet connection with up to a total of 7 WiFi enabled devices. The 2.5" hard disk drive placed inside the Wireless Plus 2TB is actually the Samsung/Seagate SpinPoint M9T model that features 3 platters (each 667GB in capacity), a rotational speed of 5400RPM and 32MB of cache. In this review we will not only be taking a look at the Seagate Media App that allows sharing of files, streaming of digital content and sharing your internet connection but we will also test the Wireless Plus 2TB as a regular USB 3.0 PHD to see what you can expect in terms of wired performance.