Sea­gate Wire­less Mo­bile Stor­age

Ex­ter­nal stor­age for iOS de­vices – but it doesn’t play so well with Macs

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - Cliff Joseph

£100 Man­u­fac­turer Sea­gate, sea­gate.com

Re­quires OS X 10.7 Con­nec­tiv­ity Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 Di­men­sions 12.5x12.5x2.5cm

The lat­est ver­sion of Sea­gate’s Wire­less drive is no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent to last year’s Wire­less Plus model, a fairly con­ven­tional por­ta­ble drive with a wire­less op­tion for iOS de­vices. The new Sea­gate Wire­less shifts its fo­cus to mo­bile use.

The old grey rec­tan­gle has been re­placed by a smart lit­tle square avail­able in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent colours that only weighs 281 grams.

How­ever, this new model is more limited than the old Wire­less Plus. It has a USB 2.0 port for charg­ing its bat­tery, but that won’t be fast enough for many tasks on your Mac, so you’re pretty much forced to treat it as a wire­less-only de­vice. It’s also limited to 500GB of stor­age, whereas the old Wire­less Plus went up to 2TB. Bat­tery life is rel­a­tively mod­est too, at around six hours.

That’s dis­ap­point­ing, but it does at least work well with mo­bile de­vices. The Sea­gate Me­dia iOS app makes it easy to view and play files stored on the hard drive, or to trans­fer files be­tween it and your mo­bile de­vices. You can also au­to­mat­i­cally upload newly shot pho­tos and videos.

We can’t find fault with th­ese mo­bile fea­tures, but the rel­a­tively slow USB 2.0 con­nec­tion and max­i­mum 500GB ca­pac­ity seem like cost-cut­ting com­pro­mises, and there are ri­vals that pro­vide sim­i­lar wire­less fea­tures along with bet­ter sup­port for the Mac side of things.

Works well wire­lessly with mo­bile de­vices, but the USB 2.0 port lim­its its use­ful­ness with Macs.

The slim, light de­sign of the Sea­gate Wire­less makes it easy to carry around with you.

At­trac­tive, light­weight de­sign

Wi-Fi and good iOS app

Only 500GB stor­age

Slow USB 2.0 in­ter­face

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