Well folks, looks like we've just gone from geeky home office to portable powerhouse. Seagate's newly released wireless storage solution opens up many options for those of us that have been waiting for a 500GB version of the iPad. Now you can finally take all those photos, movies, and spreadsheets along with you on the road for endless hours of rich media distraction.
According to Seagate's product site, a 500GB hard drive can get you more than 300 HD movies on the go, so all you folks who have been ripping Bluray flicks into iPad compatible formats can now rejoice for all their sweat and tears. You also have the ability to stream over WiFi up to 3 iPads at a time and even have the Seagate drive automatically sync up with your Mac or PC when it's connected to the same wireless network.
Our biggest gripe with these new wireless storage technologies, however, is battery life. If you have one iPad streaming from the drive, you get about 5 hours of battery life - roughly about half the length as the iPad 2's. Have a bunch connected and well... we're going to assume it won't last very long without a direct plug-in.
That's not to say we're truly excited about the technology, because we are! We had thought local networked storage was big - this might take it on the road and really bring out the potential of a fully-connected home office, even when you're not physically at home.
You can purchase the Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage for $200.