Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive 1.5TB
Seagate's Free Agent GoFlex is the first 1.5TB portable drive to market, but its performance in tests was a mixed bag.
- First 1.5TB portable to market offers gargantuan capacity, includes USB 3.0 connector
- Connector modules can be unwieldy, must remove module to insert into a dock
A stylish-looking USB 3.0 drive that packs a whopping 1.5TB capacity, but in write performance it lags behind the competition.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
Seagate has clearly had a busy year with the launch of its GoFlex storage line. The latest entry in that line is the FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB portable drive, which packs half a terabyte more than the competition offers in a 2.5-inch design. The $299 drive (price as of 23 September, 2010) comes with a USB 3.0 connector, too, which means that you don't have to foot the $39 bill for a cable (as you do with other models in the FreeAgent GoFlex series).
Seagate achieved the drive's notable total capacity by increasing the capacity of the platters--375GB per platter, instead of 333GB per platter--and by adding a fourth platter inside the drive. The new FreeAgent GoFlex spins at 5400 rpm, which should result in a slower speed than what we saw from the 7200-rpm, 500GB FreeAgent GoFlex Pro we've tested previously over USB 3.0.
I say "should" for a reason: In PCWorld Labs tests, the 1.5TB drive yielded mixed results -- some strong, one not quite so.
The 1.5TB drive virtually tied, or bested, the Pro model in four of our six tests. For example, it required 59 seconds to read 2GB of files and folders, compared with 63 seconds for the Pro. It also took 31 seconds to read a large 2GB file, versus the Pro's 34 seconds; and it took 27 seconds to write a large 2GB file, the same as the Pro.
The big discrepancy occurred on our test for writing 2GB of files and folders. Here, the 1.5TB drive came in dead last among USB 3.0 portable drives, its performance more on a par with that of USB 2.0 drives we've tested. The FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB required 142 seconds to complete the task, falling short of the Pro drive, which took 105 seconds. Other USB 3.0 portable hard drives we've evaluated performed even better--the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive took 92 seconds and the LaCie Rugged SuperSpeed took just 63 seconds. When we asked Seagate about the slow speed result, a representative indicated that the drive's four-platter design could have slowed it down.
This drive's massive capacity is a head-turner; after all, that's an awful lot of storage for a portable drive. Seagate claims that it can hold up to 60 high-definition movies, 750 video games, thousands of photos, or tens of thousands of hours of digital music. At this point, when it comes to photos and music, the numbers are getting so high with such examples that it's almost like stating the quantity of hamburgers sold at McDonald's, which now simply boasts "billions and billions served".
I'm still not a fan of Seagate's GoFlex connector arrangement -- but as an avid consumer of storage, I relish the idea of a high-capacity portable drive. I have to give Seagate props for being first out of the gate with a portable drive of this size. If you buy this drive, however, keep in mind its sluggish write speed and its connector system.
[Note: the listed RRP refers to Seagate's 1.5TB GoFlex portable drive with USB 2.0 connection. Pricing has yet to be announced in Australia for the USB 3.0 version]
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Apple iPhone X
Toys for Boys
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- QNAP Releases QTS 4.3.4. Beta for x86-Based NAS
- QNAP ships world’s first Ryzen NAS, promising boosted Virtual Machine performance
- QNAP Rolls out Quad-core 4-bay TS-453BT3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS Tailored for Creative Professionals
- Synology Introduces New Data Storage Solutions for Home and Small Offices
- Western Digital moves on Oz consumers with new storage offering
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPCommunications & Change AnalystQLD
- CCITSM Project ManagerNSW
- FTPayroll officerOther
- FTAccount Commercial and Contract Manager (ANZ)VIC
- FTTechnology Project CoordinatorOther
- TPProject Manager - Records ManagementVIC
- FTService Desk Analyst - L1Other
- FTSocial Media SpecialistOther
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- FTDesktop / SCCM EngineerOther
- CCArchitect ? Office 365 MigrationQLD
- FTMarketing Operations ManagerNSW
- FTHadoop DeveloperWA
- FTAgile CoachOther
- FTFront End Developer - Java FocusedACT
- CCProject Manager - DeliveryNSW
- FT1st Level IT Support - Microsoft EnvironmentNSW
- FTPortfolio Lead. PMONSW
- FTScrum MasterOther
- FTBusiness Project Manager - Non ITNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness and Test Analyst | Student Management SystemQLD
- FTTechnical Services AdministratorVIC