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.