Seagate’s new GoFlex Satellite is a 500GB external hard drive that allows you to wirelessly stream movies, listen to music, and view photos with up to three different Wi-Fi devices — including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — at the same time. The first step is to sync the GoFlex with your Mac or PC via USB and then add movies, music, and photos to it. Afterwards, you connect to the GoFlex’s Wi-Fi connection (within 30 feet) on your iOS device, just like you would connect to any other network. When playing movies, most formats must be converted before they’ll play on your iOS device, or you’ll be forced to install an app that can play those files. Common video formats that are compatible with iOS include H.264, Motion JPEG, and MPEG-4.
The hard drive itself is very portable; it fits into the palm of your hands and is very lightweight. Its shiny, streamlined black box design matches the look of an iOS device. It can store up to 300 HD movies, automatically sync media and documents from a PC or Mac, and boasts up to 5 hours of battery life. One of the few limitations that the GoFlex has is that you cannot use the regular Internet when your Wi-Fi device is connected to it. The GoFlex Satellite is currently on pre-order for $199.99 US.