The easiest way to expand the storage capabilities of your smartphone or tablet is with a wireless external drive. It means there’s never any memory cards to swap (or lose) and you can share videos, photos, and music with multiple users at the same time. And while Seagate’s new Wireless drive isn’t the largest you’ll find, it perfectly balances features and functionality with a competitive $US130 price tag.
Available in five colours sometime in early February, the Seagate Wireless drive includes 500GB of storage that can be accessed by up to eight mobile devices or computers all at the same time. It’s not the most capacious external drive you can find by a long shot, but half-a-terabyte should be more than enough storage to keep you entertained with movies on a long flight.
Battery life is rated at a pretty decent nine hours, which actually puts Seagate’s new Wireless drive ahead of most of its competitors, but the use of USB 2.0 is the one compromise that’s kind of disappointing here. If you’re filling this drive with a bunch of HD videos from a computer, you’re going to need a lot of patience.
However, the drive does still manage to include Airplay, Roku, and Chromecast support so you’ll be able to stream your media files to a TV if your home theatre is appropriately accessorized. But the Seagate Wireless’ compact form factor probably means it’s targeted more as a way to easily bring gigs of data and media on the road, while leaving those annoying cables behind. [Seagate]