APP MISSING FEATURES
Now, I cannot complain too much about the app, as it is free, but I do have a few gripes with it. One major inconvenience is that not all file types are supported. It would be beneficial if the Seagate software/GoFlex Home supported live transcoding, because as it stands, in order to stream to your device, you need to convert a file for it to be compatible. If not, you are presented with a screen like the one below:
The app also does not go into standby mode, and thus does not resume a song or video where it left off. This is the most notable downside, as it requires the screen to remain on, and the iPod to remain active in order to listen to a song. Not only does this waste battery life, but it also exposes the screen, leading to random button presses.
Lastly, while nothing too serious, files cannot be made using the app. Videos, pictures, documents, and songs will have to be edited and stored beforehand, as they cannot be modified, and new ones cannot be created using the app.
I was a little disappointed with the app. Although it is not a big necessity to unlock the use of the GoFlex Home, a fully functioning interface would have certainly complemented it nicely. Luckily Seagate can update it any time, but clearly a lot of work has to be done before it delivers the complete package.
Overall, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home NAS device is an excellent piece of hardware. It is extremely responsive, has very good and solid transfer speeds, streams content flawlessly, and syncs seamlessly with a variety of hardware and software.
Amidst the praise for the drive itself, the iPod app is very lacklustre, especially in the ability to play more file formats and go into stand-by mode. While it does not take away from the GoFlex Home, it certainly lessens the experience. Hopefully the Seagate developers continue to update and improve it as time goes on.
For the price, the GoFlex is more than reasonable. Average NAS devices with similar specifications cost over $100, with a standard 1TB hard drive costing around the same. Considering you have a capacious 3TB drive and a NAS enclosure, $200 for the complete package is a steal.
There are a few extra additions I would like to see, namely active cooling and more modification options for advanced NAS users. A snappier software and web interface would be nice too, as well as a performance boost to the read/write capabilities of the drive. Inclusion of the full software package would be a great deal too, as it would allow for the full experience the NAS drive has to offer. Finally, adding native SATA/eSATA ports for ease of use would be great, as it would make the drive more portable as on-the-go storage without having to lug the base around.
The device, as the name suggests, is perfect for home environment. Experienced NAS users who want advanced options and tweaking capabilities may want to look elsewhere as the GoFlex Home is missing a few features that you would expect from standalone NAS devices (such as a USB data-transfer port). However, the drive is meant for novice users who want centralized storage painlessly integrated into their home network, and the GoFlex Home certainly does a damn good job of it. Heck, it even supports multiple external USB devices via an attached hub. Who needs storage bays?
In conclusion, I give the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home 3TB a two thumbs up and I would like to thank Seagate in providing the sample for testing and review. It is a solid, complete home NAS solution for the novice consumer, that works flawlessly with Windows, Mac, and various DLNA devices.
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