Hands on with Seagate's GoFlex Satellite

Hands on with Seagate's GoFlex Satellite

Summary: Storage space on the iPad 2 (and most other tablets) is limited to 64GB maximum. Without a USB port or an SD card slot, it's nearly impossible to add on room for more multimedia. Seagate's GoFlex Satellite is trying to fill this void.


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  • The GoFlex Satellite is a rather light portable HDD that feels about the same size as most other compact external hard drives these days. A good comparison would be Western Digital's My Passport SE for Mac. With the ice cream sandwich-like exterior, it fits in well with the design of most other current iOS mobile devices. 

    However, don't let that fool you into thinking this is an iPad/iPhone-only accessory. Seagate is targeting this device at Android tablet and smartphone owners as well.

  • Setting up the GoFlex Satellite with a tablet or smartphone turned out to be easier than I expected. Using an iPad 2, I simply went to the Settings menu and looked up wireless networks. The Satellite offers its own network and signal (at no additional cost) and all one has to do is select the network with the drive's name on it. It's couldn't get much simpler.

    From there, users have to download the GoFlex Media app manager to sort through videos, photos, documents and music on the drive. To actually install information on the drive, users can either drag files over from a PC or Mac via 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for using the included aforementioned cables.

  • Although the GoFlex Media app is a bit plain, it's simple and easy to navigate. Users can access the files directly from the drive and initiate playback of content in the app, or even download select content to the tablet or smartphone's storage if space allows. 

    Additionally, users can actually stream three different files (i.e. movies) to three different devices simultaneously. Naturally, this will drain the Satellite's battery faster, but it could make everyone happy when that flight is delayed and you're all sitting around the terminal bored without anything to do.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Processors

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  • RE: Hands on with Seagate's GoFlex Satellite

    Methinks this would be more appropriate for a writeup than a gallery.
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