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May 29, 2013

Seagate Wireless Plus Review

Seagate’s latest WiFi-enabled storage device is the Seagate Wireless Plus. It’s a 1TB storage solution that lets you transfer and stream data directly without the need for wires or internet connection. Let’s find out what this portable hard drive is capable of by reading our full review.

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The Seagate Wireless Plus looks like your average classy-looking hard drive. It’s made of durable plastic with most of its body having a soft-touch finish while the top part has a brushed-metal look. It’s 19.9mm thick so it’s not exactly as slim as most generic hard drives are it’s small enough to fit in your hands.

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Located on the front on the top-left are two LED lights to indicate power status and WiFi signal. On the left side is the power button while on the right is the charging port. The bottom is devoid of any buttons or ports while the top part hosts the USB 3.0 port (accesible via adapter) which is hidden by a plastic cover.

What makes the Wireless Plus special are the features running under the hood. The Wireless Plus sports its own WiFi radio which allows you to connect a laptop, tablet, or smartphone directly without the need for an internet connection or wires. And it has its own battery making it mobile at the same time. Just press the power button and you’re ready to connect.

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There are two ways you can wirelessly access data inside the Wireless Plus. One is via the Seagate Media App which is available for iOS and Android or via desktop or mobile browser by accessing the Wireless Plus’s IP address (172.25.0.1). From there you can stream music and videos, view photos, access documents, and other files you have stored.

You can also wirelessly upload files if needed but transfer speeds are not that fast compared to a wired connection which is the second way of accessing your files. In addition, it has support for AirPlay, DLNA, and multi-user streaming for up to 8 devices within a rage of up to 150ft.

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As for performance, the Seagate Wireless Plus is capable of transfers speeds of up to 114MB/s at USB 3.0 and 48MB/s on USB 2.0. Below is the benchmark result using CrystalDiskMark. Tested using an MSI Slidebook S20 ultrabook runnning an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7Ghz CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD.

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For the battery life, Seagate promises up to 10 hours of battery life on the Wireless Plus which is also what we experienced from the device (9 to 10 hours on average).

To conclude, the Seagate Wireless Plus is a great storage solution. Perfect for those on the go and want to eliminate having to transfer and making duplicate copies of media files and documents across multiple WiFi-enabled devices. The 1TB worth of storage will suffice for those small personal collection of music and videos. It’s not as thin as other slim-type hard drives but it’s portable enough to be carried inside a small bag and has a good battery life too.

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The Seagate Wireless Plus has an SRP of Php9,950 which is a bit pricey for a portable hard disk but you do get very nifty features in return. So if budget is not an issue, the Wireless Plus is a good investment.

Written by louie

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