With all the data we consume, the ability to stream content locally is a great solution for those on the go. In the past, we have seen many solutions come through the lab that offer this ability, including the LaCie Fuel that with Seagate's acquisition uses the same mobile application as the device being tested today, the Seagate Wireless.
The Seagate Wireless is a rather uniquely designed storage solution, aimed towards users on the go. This latest solution comes in a 500GB capacity with many color options to fit your personality. The mobile application, freely available on iOS, Android and Windows devices, allows you to stream many types of content including music, video and photos. Like many portable solutions we have seen in the past, the Wireless allows three simultaneous users to access content and offers a decent six-hour battery life.
Compatibility of the Seagate Wireless extends to Windows 7 and 8 along with iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. MSRP of the Seagate Wireless in the 500GB capacity is listed at $129.99 with a two-year warranty.
Packaging for the Seagate Wireless carries the drive capacity at the top right with an image of the device below.
Scope of delivery stays rather simple with the Wireless. Here we have a USB cable, the drive, and reading materials as pictured.
The drive as I mentioned above, is available in many colors including the teal blue unit we received. The top of the unit houses a large power button to the left with three LEDs to the right.
The side of the enclosure houses the micro USB connection along with the reset button.
The Media app is the heart and soul of the Seagate Wireless. After downloading and installing, a quick wizard will guide you through setup.
The main menu will allow you to select what device to connect to.
After connecting to the Wireless, your media libraries will show up at the top of the screen, while down below you can switch between your mobile device and the storage solution.
Once inside the app, the top right corner allows you to monitor the battery life of the Wireless. You can also change settings including wireless networks and remote access.
Above, we have the settings menu. As you can see we can change application settings, wireless settings along with enabling auto upload for your devices.
As the Seagate Wireless does offer a USB connection for quick transfer of your media, we ran this solution through a quick test with CDM. With the interface being USB 2.0, we found performance to be marginal with read and write coming in at 46 MB/s.
Nearly a year ago, we had the chance to get to know the LaCie Fuel and accompanying Seagate Media app. Now with the Seagate Wireless it seems the app has changed quite a bit. The menus have become more streamlined and easier to navigate with a smartphone and while the settings menu may be hard to find the first time around, it's nice having a battery monitor built in to the app. Build quality of the Wireless is rather solid, as in most reviews I always try to open the enclosure and see what makes each device tick, with the Wireless I was unable to find any way to get inside short of destroying the enclosure.
Performance is ample enough for transferring media to the drive, but the real experience comes again from the app. As stated above, it's much easier to navigate these days and the streaming experience is rather impressive. In testing, I launched two streams on iOS devices then a third from a Surface tablet and experienced no issues once everything was configured. With that said, the six-hour battery life does seem to hold true as I was able to stream several movies one after the other before the Wireless let go, and of course with the intuitive media app loaded, you get battery warnings well in advance of the battery actually draining completely.
Overall, the Seagate Wireless is a solid solution for storage on the go. My only real concern with this solution is capacity being limited at 500GB.
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||79%|
|Value for Money||81%|
The Bottom Line: Seagate's Wireless mobile storage device is a solid performer with one of the best all around mobile apps to support it. The only limiting factor at this point is the capacity options.
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