tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Seagate Backup Plus Hub desktop HDD

tech4xmas 2017 gift list: The Seagate Backup Plus Hub serves as an external storage hub that provides extra USB 3.0 ports for direct data transfer and device charging. An ideal X’mas gift for the geeky uncle to help him manage all the digital assets in his family.

Comes in 4TB (S$259), 6TB (S$399) and 8TB (S$499) capacities.

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Editor’s note:

“I’m buying for my uncle the 8TB version as a X’mas present because he has been complaining lately that he’s running out of storage space for all the videos that he’s been capturing of his grandchildren. I think he’ll be delighted with the additional storage and ease of use.”

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub has been around for a while and it’s been an indispensible part of my desktop setup at home giving me much convenience and peace of mind.

First off, the 4-8TB provides much needed respite for storing and backing up the deluge of photos and videos that we capture with our cameras and smartphones/tablets.

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub comes in 4TB, 6TB & 8TB capacities.

You can access the Backup Plus Hub directly using Windows Explorer or via the bundled easy-to-use Seagate Dashboard software which enables you to configure and manage your backups/restores – whether it’s files from the computer, mobile devices or content on social media.

And the high-speed USB 3.0 connection is plug-and-play – so just plug in the drive and you’re good to go.

I clocked average read speeds of 195MB/s and write speeds of 175MB/s, which is quick for a non-SSD external hard disk drive.

The Backup Plus Hub is compatible with both Windows NTFS and Mac HFS+ file systems, even though Seagate sells a white Mac version that’s targeted at Mac users.

But beyond its core functionality of providing additional storage and backup, the Backup Plus Hub doubles up as a station for connecting mobile devices and portable storage devices, thanks to its integrated 2-port USB hub.

I use a single-USB-port notebook at home so the USB port is a much sought after commodity.

The two integrated USB 3.0 ports on the Backup Plus Hub actually gives me an additional USB port for connecting additional devices to my computer.

This includes a mouse, keyboard, other storage drives for data transfer or smartphones and tablets for charging.

The USB slots can charge up to two USB-connected devices (phones, tablets, cameras, Fitbit, etc.) at any time – even if the computer is not powered on – the Backup Plus Hub has its own power adaptor that’s connected directly to the mains.

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub has an integrated 2-port USB 3.0 hub at the front that allows direct data transfer with other storage devices and charging of mobile devices – even when the computer that the Backup Plus Hub is connected to is not powered up.

Devices can be connected directly to the Backup Plus Hub for data transfers as if they were plugged directly into a computer.

The Backup Plus Hub is also compatible with Android and iOS devices, so I’m able to transfer photos and videos directly from the Android and iOS phones in the family, freeing up phone memory on the devices themselves.

At the back of the Seagate Backup Plus Hub is the power socket and SATA connector to attach the drive to the computer with the included SATA-USB 3.0 cable.

In addition to the 4-8TB local storage on the Backup Plus Hub itself, users enjoy free 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years, via the Seagate Dashboard software.

You can also backup to other cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox, and backup your media from social media platforms such as Facebook and Flickr.

Any room for improvement? Perhaps wireless connectivity or RAID features for redundant storage.

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