Seagate Wireless Plus Hands On: A Tiny Giant of a Mobile Storage SystemS

You don't want to agonize over which movies you load on your tablet every time you fly—it's kind of like picking a favorite child. Seagate's new Wireless Plus mobile storage system will let you take all your stuff with you.

We spent some time playing with the system and it's a super convenient tool to have around, especially if you travel a lot. It's a small, grey, relatively lightweight square. Weighing not much more than your phone, you could easily throw it in your purse or your backpack when you're headed somewhere, and access everything you have stored through Seagate's media app for iOS or Android. And you don't need to worry about charging too much, because you get 10 hours of battery life. You can store up to 1TB of photos, music, and videos, and access them without Wi-Fi, because the module creates its own network, letting your stream stuff from within 150 feet.

We gave it a spin from about 100 feet away and the video took a few seconds to load up and the quality was pretty clear. We didn't get a chance to see how it worked with multiple devices at the same time, but it does support up to three HD or eight standard concurrently.

View gallery »

Not only do you not need a wireless network, Seagate's mobile solution also creates its own. So if you simply want to surf the internet from your tablet and you don't have a data plan, you can hook up to Wireless Plus.

Spending time with Wireless Plus immediately reminded me of old family vacations when we used to haul a hefty "portable" TV that weighed about as much as a sack of bricks and a bag full of VHS tapes. You only had a limited selection and everyone in the car had to watch (or listen) to the same thing. With Wireless Plus, you could be on the road with the whole family, and your brother could be watching old episodes of South Park, your dad peeping the Avengers, mom checking Facebook, grandma listening to music, and so forth. And if you want, you can use Wireless Plus in the home and stream it to your TV using AirPlay or DLNA. Honestly, it's something I'd use here in Vegas. Wireless Plus goes on sale tomorrow for $200.