Seagate GoFlex Satellite Portable HDD: Features WiFi Streaming

At OSM we have reported on various methods of portable storage such as the Plextor HDD, the ioSafe Hard Drive and a couple of different models from Seagate. One of them gives you 2TB for $75 while the other is super slim making it ultra portable.

Now we have a new model to talk to you about from Seagate and it’s the latest in the GoFlex portable HDD range, the Satellite with one of its main features being WiFi streaming straight from the device onto your tablet PC, netbook or laptop. Seagate seem to be doing pretty well in the world of portable storage in terms of price and new additional functionality don’t you think?

We learned of this device through Engadget’s Darren Murph, he says in his article that this looks like the niftiest portable HDD to cross our paths for a while and certainly adding in any additional features to a device that’s basic functionality is to store data will be welcomed by most so long as it doesn’t push the price through the roof.

Murph informs us that it’s got the basic functionality and 500GB of storage; it has an 802.11b/g/n WiFi module integrated along with a web server. The streaming functionality is operated by a simple flick of the on/off switch and it takes just over half a minute for the connection to be ready. The model that was sent to Engadget was shipped with USB 3.0 connectivity and in addition to that a car charger!

There’s a dedicated iOS application to be able to use this with your iDevices but any WiFi enabled device with a web browser can use this device. All this for $200, you have to say this is a pretty impressive price when you look at the extra functionality and price it up against the competitors in the market who want to sell you a new HDD. You can read all about it from the press release on this link and you can also check out a video of it being used at the bottom of the article.

A few things that don’t look to have been revealed yet are the file format that it streams in and also what the WiFi transfer speeds are, keep a look out and as soon as we find out we will let you know.

What do you think of the device, pretty slick eh? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.