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Sea­gate, $219 sea­gate.com.au ★★★

TABLET com­put­ers, while fan­tas­ti­cally con­ve­nient, can only hold so much me­dia. Even top tablet com­put­ers will only hold 64 gi­ga­bytes of con­tent; far from the ter­abyte prom­ises of a lap­top.

For those who need more space for movies, TV shows, apps, pho­tos and email, Sea­gate has de­vel­oped a cun­ning tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tion.

The Sea­gate Goflex Satel­lite is a por­ta­ble hard drive that looks stan­dard, if a bit thick. It comes in a glossy black pack­age with cords to charge it and con­nect it to a PC or Mac.

Users can plug this hard drive into a com­puter to drag and drop favourite files to it. Al­ter­na­tively, free Me­dia Sync soft­ware will find con­tent to add to the hard drive.

Users must also down­load the Goflex Me­dia app from their app store of choice — Ap­ple or Google.

Once both de­vices are loaded, the hard drive must be turned on to start broad­cast­ing a wire­less sig­nal to which the tablet can con­nect. Me­dia can then be wire­lessly streamed from the hard drive on to the tablet’s screen, let­ting users carry a li­brary of movies or other me­dia with them.

The Goflex Me­dia app’s menu is easy to use and is di­vided into cat­e­gories such as Videos, Pho­tos, Mu­sic and Doc­u­ments.

This broad­cast­ing hard drive of­fers up to five hours of use per charge, though its stay­ing power will de­pend on your use.

It’s also worth not­ing that our test unit strug­gled to talk to the ipad on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. In short, this de­vice is prone to the same re­cep­tion drop-outs as any wire­less gad­get.

Set­ting it up is eas­ier than you might ex­pect of a stream­ing de­vice, how­ever, and Sea­gate de­serves ku­dos for mak­ing it sim­ple.


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