Seagate adds two wireless devices to its storage line
By David Szondy
January 11, 2013
Seagate Technology has unveiled two new data storage devices at CES in Las Vegas. One, the Seagate Wireless Plus, is a wireless one-terabyte hard drive with Wi-Fi capability and the other, the Seagate Central, is a centralized data storage system for all the computers and other digital devices in the home. The purpose of the two devices is to provide new storage capabilities for home networks and handheld devices.
Seagate Wireless Plus
The Seagate Wireless Plus, a CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, is designed as a mobile wireless storage device. It has a ten-hour battery that powers a one-terabyte drive – enough to hold 500 high-definition feature videos. It creates its own Wi-Fi network and can wirelessly support up to eight smartphones and tablets.
The Wireless Plus can also be controlled remotely through the Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. It can display files on televisions using Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed for Samsung Smart TVs, and comes with a removable SuperSpeed USB3.0 adapter.
The Seagate Wireless Plus mobile is sold by Amazon and BestBuy.com for US$199.99.
A CES 2013 Innovations Honoree, the Seagate Central is intended to act as a backup storage for every computer in the home. It’s the first storage drive to use a Smart TV app for access to files via a television. Designed for Windows OS and Mac OS X, it can also be used for remote access to data outside the home using the app. Not only can it store files for devices in the home, but it also backs up photos and videos directly from Facebook – a feature first introduced in Backup Plus drives.
Seagate Central goes on sale in March for US$189.99 for the two-terabyte version, $219.99 for three terabytes and $259.99 for four terabytes.
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