Seagate Wireless Plus Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Seagate Wireless Plus
Bottom Line

The Seagate Wireless Plus provides 1 TB of storage that you can access wirelessly from up to eight devices. Professionals say it works well as a media server for streaming music and videos to portable devices. Most users also like it for this purpose, but some say that the wireless connection can be unstable. They also have some complaints about usability.

Performance

Versatile, but not intuitive. This drive's biggest plus is its versatility. Dong Ngo of CNET says it "works well as a fast portable drive or as a robust mobile media server." It works with any type of device; it can run for up to 10 hours on a battery charge; it can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and pass the Internet connection through to your devices, and it can connect via USB 3.0 as well, for fast and easy drag-and-drop file transfers. Usability, by contrast, is the drive's weak point. Josh Shaman of StorageReview.com mentions a number of "quirks" with the software that make it confusing to use. Ngo also notes that the media app (for streaming media files from the drive) "doesn't natively support all popular digital video formats." Moreover, the drive doesn't come with a manual, and many owners at Amazon.com say they had trouble with tasks as basic as turning it off.

ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi, Fast streaming, Long battery lifeConsNot intuitive, Connection can be unstable

Reliability

A few glitches. Shaman is impressed with the Wireless Plus' build quality. He notes that its case doesn't show fingerprints and "feels sturdy enough to stand up to travel." The drive also appears to be reliable mechanically; the Amazon.com reviews we consulted include almost no complaints about drive failures. We did, however, see some complaints about the Wi-Fi connection, which some users describe as glitchy or unstable. Customer support is another weak point. Some users say the Seagate site steered them to the wrong version of the firmware, and others report getting incorrect information from tech support about formatting the drive for a Mac. The drive has a three-year warranty, which is pretty standard.

Value

Best on the market. Despite some of the previously mentioned usability problems, the Seagate Wireless Plus gets better reviews than any other wireless hard drive currently on the market. Its nearest competitor, the Corsair Voyager Air (Est. $180 for 1 TB), has a shorter battery life and can't pass Internet access through as the Seagate can. The LaCie Fuel (Est. $200 for 1 TB) can do everything the Seagate can do, but it doesn't do anything much better, and it's slightly pricier. Overall, the Wireless Plus appears to be the best buy in a wireless drive at this time.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

Seagate Wireless Plus Review: iPad-Friendly Wireless Storage Almost Perfected, Dong Ngo, Updated Jan. 22, 2013

The Seagate Wireless Plus earns 4 stars out of a possible 5 at CNET. Editor Dong Ngo says it's "arguably the best choice on the market" as a media server for a tablet, and it works well as a fast portable drive as well.

2. PCMag.com

Seagate Wireless Plus, Joel Santo Domingo, March 14, 2013

PCMag.com gives the Seagate Wireless Plus an Editors' Choice nod and a 4-star rating (out of 5). Like Ngo, Joel Santo Domingo thinks this drive works best as "a streaming photo, video and music library for your family's phones, tablets and laptops."

3. Macworld

Review: Boost Your iPad's Storage with Seagate Wireless Plus, Roman Loyola, April 12, 2013

Macworld names the Seagate Wireless Plus as one of its top-rated external drives for the Mac, with 4 "mice" out of a possible 5. Loyola calls it "a handy portable hard drive that's great for media consumption," providing loads of storage and Wi-Fi access to multiple devices.

4. Laptop Magazine

Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB) Review, Michael A. Prospero, Jan. 28, 2013

The Seagate Wireless Plus earns an Editors' Choice award at Laptop. Prospero gives it 4 stars out of 5 for its "intuitive app" and multifunctional streaming capabilities. On the downside, he says its transfer speeds via USB 3.0 are below average, and it could use a better battery life indicator.

5. StorageReview.com

Seagate Wireless Plus Review, Josh Shaman, March 21, 2013

Shaman doesn't give the Seagate Wireless Plus a star rating, but it does make his list of the top-rated external drives. He thinks it's a good value as an expansion of tablet or smartphone memory, but he notes that it lacks the Ethernet port it needs to function as a NAS.

6. Amazon.com

Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

We found more than 600 reviews for the Seagate Wireless Plus at Amazon.com, with ratings averaging 3.6 stars out of 5. Owners like its fast streaming speeds, long battery life and built-in Wi-Fi, but many say the Wi-Fi connection is unstable and using the drive isn't intuitive. Seagate representatives are active on this site, providing additional information and contacts for technical support.