The GoFlex Satellite is the first battery-powered external hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device. It has 500GB storage and Wi-Fi access over 802.11 b/g/n capable of serving video or files to up to 5 devices at a time and includes its own a rechargeable battery for true portability which Seagate claim can deliver up to 5 hours continuous video streaming.
You connect to the GoFlex Satellite via its built in web interface, or by an exclusive iOS App available for free in the iTunes store – this allows the streaming of video and music to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can load up your content to the drive by the USB3.0 compatible connector straight from your PC, or you can even push existing content on your iPhone/iPad over to the GoFlex Satellite to free up space. Even DRM’d music and videos purchased through iTunes can be loaded to the GoFlex Satellite drive and played back on any authorised device.
“With the growth of the tablet and iPad markets and the larger volumes of high-quality media now being consumed, there is a clear need for access to content that is not plagued with the challenges of streamed video over the Internet,” said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of Seagate’s retail group. “The unfortunate fact is that these popular new mobile devices are hampered by their limited storage capacity while one of their primary functions is that of media consumption.
The GoFlex Satellite is available immediately for pre-order from Seagate.com, Amazon and BestBuy.com at $199.99 with shipping expected around July this year. We’ll confirm UK availability and pricing as soon as we can.
If you’re someone who travels a lot, then this is an ideal way to take much greater library of videos and music with you, and access them on the go without firing up a laptop and changing your iTunes sync settings.