Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage
External storage for iOS devices – but it doesn’t play so well with Macs
£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The old grey rectangle has been replaced by a smart little square available in a number of different colours that only weighs 281 grams.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