New capacities and cloud capabilities highlight Seagate's latest batch of Wireless Plus HDDs
Seagate this week unveiled a new family of Wireless Plus mobile storage solutions that offer more capacity and features than the previous generation. The Wireless Plus line is now available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and come with integrated cloud services, including Dropbox and Google Drive. These are designed for a wide range of mobile devices and platforms, such as Android tablets and smartphones, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 PCs, and just about any device with Wi-Fi connectivity.
"Wireless connectivity is a feature that has been added to external storage over the last couple of years; it provides the convenience of high capacity and easy sharing for mobile devices that are limited in their storage capabilities," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. "Now, with the integrating of popular cloud storage services to these products, there exists an invaluable bridge to even more content."
Using the included Seagate Media app, you can sync your files on the Seagate Wireless Plus storage device with an existing cloud storage provider. It creates your own Dropbox or Google Drive folder so that files are always available. Once you connect to the network, your files will automatically re-sync.
According to Seagate, these drives offer up to 10 hours of battery life.
Seagate's Wireless Plus drives are available now in 2TB ($200 MSRP) and 1TB ($180 MSRP) capacities. The 500GB model ($150) will be available on Friday.