With so many devices connected to the home network, having a network media storage is a mighty sweet thing. You can place all sorts of files; photos, movies, music, documents and the list just goes on and on. This time, Seagate sent us a 4TB Personal Cloud Media Storage and I took it home to take it for a test run.
Glued to the Screen
The best thing about having a home network storage system is the ability to access your videos from anywhere. For one, accessing it via WiFi on both my TVs – upstairs and downstairs – was a breeze and I could watch without any lag. I can also choose to access my videos from the office using the Seagate SDrive software where you just need to create an account with Seagate and add your device. Playback directly from the drive via WiFi is not a problem; I don’t even need to copy it to my local hard drive as I can play straight from the cloud storage with barely any lag.
Shiny and Sleek
This media storage device looks really good and you can proudly place it anywhere in your home and no one will even know what it is. Compared to a bigger NAS device, the Seagate Personal Cloud is slim and would blend in perfectly with your other AV/TV devices.
Just One Drive
The biggest issue I have with this particular media storage model is the lack of a secondary hard disk for a RAID. I have this fear of losing media such as photos and documents, but if you are planning just to use this mainly for music and videos, then that should not be an issue. There is another way to backup though a little fiddly; which is to use Baidu, DropBox and Google Drive.
Setting up the drive is pretty easy. Just plug it into your network and you can access the public folder as long as you have connection to your home WiFi. You can also choose to backup every computer at home with the Seagate Dashboard, or to protect your content. So if you want to be able to access your media without plugging in and out your external drives and USBs, then a cloud media storage is the way to go.
Dimensions: 235.15 x 119 x 48mm
Ports: 1xEthernet, 1xUSB, 1xPower Socket
Verdict: Being able to access media from anywhere is great!