This is probably one of the coolest gadgets to come out this year — a wireless, portable HDD that streams videos to your iPad and syncs files to your laptop automatically over its own WiFi network. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite does all that and is battery-powered too.
The local PR of Seagate sent us a unit a couple of weeks ago and been using it to store tons of movies and stream them on my iPad 2. The drive capacity maxes out at 500GB and supports USB 3.0 for faster transfers.
The HDD itself has a built-in Li-Ion battery that lasts about 5 hours and recharges via the USB port whenever you plug it in your laptop or PC.
The device has its own WiFi network (WiFi 802.11 b/g/n) which connects up to 3 wireless devices at the same time. You can download the Seagate App for iOS devices so you to be able to manage and view contents of the HDD.
The problem with the iPad and other iDevices are too picky with file formats so most of your downloaded videos. What you cna do here is either convert the video files into supported formats or download the OPlayer from the iTunes App Store and use it to browse videos on the Seagate GoFlex Satellite.
The only thing I didn’t like about it is that your connected devices will be out of internet connection when hooked with the WiFi of the GoFlex Satellite.
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite retails for about Php9,888 (500GB model) and still way to pricey, about 2 to 3 times more expensive than the regular portable HDD of this capacity. The only consolation here is that you don’t need to upgrade your iPad or iPhone to the 64GB model and spent way more. Interestingly, the price difference between a 16GB and 64GB iPad 2 is exactly Php10,000 at the Apple Online Store.