Seagate GoFlex Satellite - Pocket Satellite

5/12/2012 3:29:26 PM

Going flexible with Seagate's portable wireless NAS

The problem with tablets and smartphones and portable multimedia devices? Storage space. That age old predicament of having the best multimedia capabilities at your fingertips without the capacity to play them all. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite attempts to tackle this problem by actually being a portable wireless NAS, and we're quite ready to hug it for this.

You turn on the GoFlex Satellite and it broadcasts a Wi-Fi network that you can tap into with your tablet or smartphone. You then run the free downloadable GoFlex Media app and your device would be ready to stream all of the 500GB worth of content you care to upload to the drive. You can manage the drive easily and even configure its security. Up to three devices can get connected to it and stream individual content. It's all really that simple.


The content streams relatively fast, and you don't need to worry about buffers or delays. It supports pretty much every multimedia format you care to run, unless you're using an iOS device; the GoFlex Satellite doesn't allow it to play file types it doesn't support in the first place, which is highly unfortunate. What's also unfortunate is that the GoFlex Satellite doesn't bridge Wi-Fi connections, meaning that you can't access the Internet while using it at the same time.

The GoFlex Satellite works over USB3.0 for pretty much everything (it charges on USB, too), which means you can get your content speedily transferred. The battery life, in our test, lasted a good 5 hours of continuous streaming (just like the manual said), which is pretty good by our books. The device only comes in 500GB, but that's more than enough space that you need.

The casing itself is sturdily built, making it travel-friendly, as it ought to be. It could be a little thinner and lighter, but it's otherwise as portable as it gets. It turns on via a button at the side, and you access the drive's port through a removable hatch. The hatch removes completely, however, so be mindful of losing it.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Price $ 191



Capacity: 500GB

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB3.0

Video Formats: H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG

Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AllF, WAV



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