We had a chance to sit down with Seagate earlier this week, and we liked what we saw.
We were glad to see an update to the GoFlex Satellite we had reviewed some months ago, we saw a product that is not yet shipping (but we WANT NOW), and we took some time to see the speed boost that Seagate’s Momentus XT Hybrid Hard drive offers as compared to a traditional spinning platter. Here’s a look.
Seagate Go-Flex Satellite rev 2:
The Seagate Gp-Flex Satellite is an interesting product. It is a 500GB hard drive that can connect to a local WiFi network to expand your available storage as a result. For example, I could have the Satellite here in the suite in Vegas, connect it to the WiFi system and, as a result, all of us could have an extra 500GB of shared storage available. There were some issues with the unit I had previously reviewed. It only got about 4 hours of battery life, and you could only have three people attached to it at a time. In addition, once you connected to the Satellite’s WiFi you could not also be connected to the local WiFi network. Finally, the available iOS app that lets you access the drive was slooooooowwwwwww.
We were glad to see that an update is on the way, and that it will bring some needed improvements. Among them …
– The update will double the battery life. That is a big deal since this is a mobile device.
– It will allow you to have up to eight people connected at a time instead of three. Of course the more people connected to it the slower the performance may be but the point remains that up to eight people can now connect.
– In addition, the update solves the WiFi connection issue by alloying the device to connect to the internet and you to connect other devices to the network THROUGH the Satellite. This also means that, theoretically, if you were paying for a connection you could pay once for the Satellite to connect and then the others could connect through it and by-pass the need for additional charges.