Seagate STBF500200 500GB Satellite WiFi USB 3.0 2.5 inch External Hard Drive - Black
- Carry your media library - wirelessly stream to your iPad/tablet/smartphone
- Automatically sync media and documents from your PC or MAC computer
- Seagate G-Force protects the internal drive in the event of impact
- Up to 5 hours of battery life and 25 hours of standby time
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The Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage allows you to carry your media library with you while on the move and wirelessly stream movies, photos, music and documents to your iPad, tablet or smartphone. The Seagate GoFlex device includes fast USB 3.0/USB 2.0 connection and downloadable Media Sync software to easily transfer media and documents from your PC or MAC computer. The Seagate GoFlex device can store over 300 HD Movies*, so you'll never have to worry about running out of space on your iPad or tablet.
Stream at Home, Stream in the Car, Stream Anywhere!
After you load your media on to the Seagate GoFlex Satellite device, it can be streamed to your iPad or tablet via its WiFi connection, making the solution completely wireless. Leave it in your bag,set it on table, place it anywhere in the car, with a range up to 150ft you'll never feel tethered to your storage. Best of all, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite creates its own WiFi network, so there's no internet required - take it all with you and access it wherever and whenever you want!
Easy to SetApp!
To enhance your experience even further, download the free GoFlex Media app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes store or the Apple App store directly from your device. The GoFlex Media app is tailored for the Seagate GoFlex Satellite allowing you to easily sort through your media library with filters, keyword search and folder and thumbnail views. The app also allows you to download movies and other media from the Seagate GoFlex Satellite device, so that you can enjoy your content later, when not connected or extend the battery life of both your iPad and Seagate GoFlex Satellite device.
Share, Share and Share
If you love media, it's only fair to share. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite device can stream movies and other media to almost any device that has a web browser and WiFi connectivity. If your friends and family have a smartphone, iPod touch, Android tablet or laptop, they can enjoy your media content too. In fact, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite device can stream 3 different movies simultaneously, so everyone in the family can enjoy their favourite content.
Additionally, the built-in battery enables the Seagate GoFlex Satellite device to standby, ready to serve media for up to 25 hours and can continuously stream up to 5 hours of video on a single charge.
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To get the best out of this device, you probably need to understand how it works, and what the limitations are. Basically, it's a wifi web server with local storage. Getting the files (movies, pictures, music) onto the device is no more difficult than any removable USB drive: you just connect, drag and drop. Once you're done, you disconnect, press the power button and connect to the wifi access point.
The software you install onto the device for playback isn't great - it's basically an AIR version of the web interface, and it launches your video player. The software's a bit clunky and unattractive, and Seagate could do with looking at how other software (like Air Video) is designed. But it does work, and it works across multiple platforms too, thanks to its inbuilt web browser - you can use this with iPad, Android tablet, PlayBook, laptop, or whatever you like. And three devices can connect at once.
The streaming quality is perfect, as long as the format's supported on your device, or you have a player installed to handle your files (for example, AVI/divx files aren't natively supported on most tablets without add-on software). This is easily rectified, but could easily catch buyers out. You can either use software like Handbrake or the Roxio convertor software on your desktop machine to convert your video before transferring, or else install a suitable player on your tablet - such as OPlayer on iPad, or MX Video Player on Android.Read more ›
Whilst on holiday in the USA I ended up shooting a load of video on my GoPro HD (32GB SDHC). I had my iPad & Camera connector with me so could read the files in but quickly ran out of space. That meant using multiple SD cards to finish my week of filming :-(. What I wanted to be able to do was to move the vids off of my iPad and onto an external HDD for safe keeping / to free up space on both my iPad and my SDHC card. I needed to be able to do it without using a PC / Laptop / iTunes.
For those of you that are unaware this drive can be modified to run non-standard services such as WebDav / SFTP / SSH etc. This is the reason I bought it and I can confirm that it is a brilliant device (now). The stock OS is pretty pedestrian and quite slow to navigate around. With the modified OS this is no longer the case and the device is significantly more responsive.
Build quality is excellent - as you'd expect from Seagate :-) . The attention to detail such as providing a 12V USB charger connector is also very welcome. The finish on the device is great and whilst it is slightly larger than a normal 2.5" external drive it's still extremely portable.
One downside as far as I'm concerned: Seagate have elected to use a non standard enclosure-to-USB 3 connector. It's very much like a direct SATA interface to mini-USB3 connector. What that means is that should you lose the connector you can't just use a normal USB3 / mini-USB3 cable. You'd have to source a new Seagate specific adapter :-( . Not a massive problem as the connector is very secure once fitted so it's unlikely you'd lose it.....I would just have preferred it to be moulded directly to the casing given the unit is portable.Read more ›
Set-up is nice and easy, moving your stuff to the hard drive is simple, and after downloading the app to your device (whatever that may be - I used an iPhone and an iPad) connecting to the hard drive via wi-fi is pretty straight-forward too.
As it has been said in all the other reviews, the biggest let-down is the Seagate app, which is basically not up to scratch. The app is not user-friendly, and I'm talking about the updated version (the first version was even worse). I loaded about 1500 songs onto the drive as I wanted to stream music out of the house, and this caused no end of problems. Pressing "select all" did not, in fact, select all the songs, it managed about 60 before stopping. Trying to move the page down to select more songs, the screen kept bouncing back up to the first song, so I spent ages scrolling down, down, down. I later figured out that I had to sit and wait for about half an hour in order for all the song titles to load before I was able to "select all".
Streaming video is OK, as long as the video is converted into a format that the device can handle (this made me quite annoyed with the limitations of the iPad, let me tell you! It would have been better if the hard drive came bundled with a basic converter, but no, you're on your own on this.
I also had problems connecting to the hard drive after I had updated the app, and it took me a while to find that I had to press the "Restore all settings" button to make it all work again.
So, does it work? Yes, it does, but it really makes you work for it - it takes lots of effort to do what you want to do, but once you have found out how to do it then it works really well. The hard drive has a steep learning curve due to the sub-standard app, so once Seagate updates the app again it should be easier to use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful product, easy to use, reliable.
Does not need its own power supply, which saves carrying bulky cables around.
Would not hesitate to buy it again.
Connected immediately with my iPad and saves my iPad hard drive space. Have movies, music and photos stored and connects seamlessly with jitter/judder-free movie streaming. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Mitchell
today after nearly two years have given up on it, does not do what they said it would. Stopped dead today, so have opened it up and disconnected the charger wireing ect, and... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by T. A. Obrien