Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB - Seagate's Second Wireless External Hard Drive

5/28/2013 9:12:17 AM


·         Price: $291

·         Ratings: 7/10

·         Manufacturer: www.seagate.com

Seagate’s Wireless Plus is one of only two drives in this test to include wireless functionality, and it’s no surprise that this drive is also the most expensive here, at $291.

It’s not cheap, but Seagate has ensured that the Wireless Plus is more versatile than its rival from Buffalo. The Seagate is able to connect over Wi-Fi to PCs and Macs, and it also works with a host of smartphones and tablets: as long as you’ve got a device that uses Android 2.3 or later, or Apple iOS 4.3 or later, you can connect using Seagate’s free app. It also streams to DLNA-enabled devices.

Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB

Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB

Connecting via a PC is simple: turn on the Seagate’s wireless functionality and the drive will appear in your computer’s wireless menu. Once it’s connected, head to www.seagatewireless.com – the website will recognize the drive’s connection, and its web-based interface will load.

Seagate’s browser-based interface is easy to navigate, and content can be browsed, organized and opened from within the app. Content can be streamed from the Wireless Plus to any DLNA-enabled device, and files can be downloaded from the drive to your PC. Content can also be uploaded from computers to the drive itself using this interface and advantage over the mobile apps, which don’t support this functionality.

In most other respects, though, the Android and iOS software mirrors the desktop version. The interface is just as easy to use, and content can be opened, organized and played with just a couple of clicks. We found Seagate’s Android app slick and easy to use, and we never had any performance issues.

The Seagate is able to connect over Wi-Fi to PCs and Macs, and it also works with a host of smartphones and tablets

The Seagate is able to connect over Wi-Fi to PCs and Macs, and it also works with a host of smartphones and tablets

It’s a high-quality bit of kit on the outside too: its brushed metal finish is one of the best-looking here, and there’s no sign of the poor quality plastics found on cheaper drives – the Wireless Plus is extremely sturdy.

The Wireless Plus isn’t just able to connect using 802.11, however. Remove a blanker on one end of the drive and you’ll find SATA/300 and SATA power connectors, and an adapter included in the box allows the Seagate to be used as a traditional external hard disk.

Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB

It’s here, however, where the drive falters. In AS SSD’s sequential read and write benchmarks it scored 103MB/s, which is reasonable in this company, but CrystalDiskMark’s tests reveal problems. In the app’s 512KB and 4KB small file read tests it was consistently at the bottom of the pile, and it was little better when writing small files; its results put it in the middle of this particular pack.

The lack of wired speed is joined by the high price, and it makes this particular drive difficult to recommend. If you’re searching for portable storage but aren’t bothered about wireless connectivity, the Western Digital is a much better bet. Seagate’s innovative drive can only really be recommended to travelers and those who enjoy watching media on their smartphones and tablets.

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