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Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage
Author: Chris McInnis
Manufacturer: Seagate
Source: Seagate
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July 07, 2011

The Seagate GoFlex ultra portable line of storage devices launched about a year ago and they have been garnering attention for their performance, sleek design, and innovative universal adapter system. Over that time, has had the privilege of looking at just about every new GoFlex product Seagate has produced. In this review we will look at the newest GoFlex portable hard drive product, the GoFlex Satellite, which offers a very interesting twist.

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As the blue lines shown radiating from the portable hard drive in the image above may imply, the GoFlex Satellite offers wireless connectivity for accessing the 500GB of storage inside. The 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi radio will allow multiple simultaneous connections, so you can share your movies, music, and other files with tablets, smartphones, laptops, or whatever else might be compatible. Before we take a closer look, let's cover some background information on the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device, as taken from the official product page on the Seagate website...


» Carry your media library with you and wirelessly stream to your iPad
» Syncs the media and documents on your PC or Mac, so that you can take your library
   with you on-the-go
» Stream 3 different movies over Wi-Fi simultaneously to 3 iPads
» Never worry about running out of storage capacity on your iPad or forgetting a file at home
» Stream up to 5 hours of video on a single charge
» Stream to almost any device that has Wi-Fi connectivity and a web browser"including laptops,
   Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch and more.


» Product Dimensions: 4.72in L x 3.46in W x 1.26in D (120mm x 88mm x 32mm)
» Weight: 0.588lb (0.267kg)
» Seagate G-Force Protection Freefall Sensor Technology. Protects data by returning the
   internal drive to a non-operating state in the event of a drop, making the device ideal for
   use in mobile environments.
» Model Number: STBF500101

System Requirements:

» iPad, smartphone, tablet or computer with a web browser and Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
» PC or Mac computer running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
   operating system for loading media on to GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device via USB
» SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds) or USB 2.0 port

Supported File Types:

For iPad:

» Video: H.264 video, MPEG-4, Motion-JPEG
» Audio: AAC, MP3, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
» Documents: Microsoft Office, iWork, Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
» Select file types supported by third-party apps

For Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone:

» Plays any file supported by your device applications


» Lithium-ion (non-replaceable)
» Up to 5 hours of continuous streaming (1 user)
» Up to 25 hours standby


» 802.11 b/g/n
» WPA security

Inside the Box:

» GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device
» USB 3.0 USM adapter with detachable USB 3.0 cable
» Compact wall adapter with retractable pins
» Compact car charger
» USB to DC cable
» Quick start guide
» Limited warranty

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