If you haven't heard yet, all the big companies are trying to put mobile hard drives out of business. Well, "trying" is the operative word since all the kids aren't exactly doing cloud storage these days yet. Here's a new option for those not yet sold in dumping all their stash on the web: the Seagate GoFlex Satellite.
Equipped to work wirelessly, the portable storage will transfer files over WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (max distance: 30 feet). You can use it with regular Macs and PCs much like any external drive, as well as with apps for sending files to your smartphones and tablets (only an iOS app is available for now, with an Android version coming later).
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite packs a 500GB drive inside a sleek-looking enclosure that measures 4.72 x 3.46 x 1.26 inches. Aside from built-in WiFi, it has its own lithium ion battery, powering it for up to 5 hours of active streaming and 25 hours of standby. If you'd like to skip the wireless during PC transfers, you can go old-school with the included USB 3.0 port.
From what we can tell, they're positioning this as a more convenient alternative for getting movies onto your iPads and iPhones. Instead of copying files to the mobile device (and having to remove old files from the limited storage), you simply stream them directly from the drive using an app. According to the product page, it can simultaneously stream up to 3 media files wirelessly for playback on three different devices.
You can now buy the Seagate GoFlex Satellite from Amazon, priced at $199.99.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBF500101 Black