Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable Storage Review

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage has been around as a model since about 2014 but Seagate refreshes this line from time to time.  The 2017 version, as featured in this review, does not differ much from the 2015 version in terms of looks but it has been improved in other respects.

Before deciding on the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, I also looked at the WD 1TB MyPassport Slim.  Ultimately, I went after the Seagate product as the slim profile and the elegant-looking finish was more appealing to me.  Furthermore, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim works with both Windows 10 and Mac OS out of the box, a definite plus for me since I use both operating systems and I transfer files from one to the other on a regular basis.  Both products have about the same retail price so there was really not much deciding to be done as it was obvious to me which one fit my needs better.

What’s in the Box:

  • 1 x Seagate Slim Back Up Plus 1TB External Hard Drive
  • 1 x 18-inch USB 3.0 cable
  • 1 x Quick start guide
  • Free carrying pouch (given as freebie)

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Design

There’s much to appreciate about the design of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage.  It is extremely thin for a portable storage, coming in at on 12.1mm thick.  This makes the Seagate Backup Plus Slim a very portable external hard drive and therefore easy to slip into a laptop bag and will even fit in one’s jeans pocket.  After all, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is only about two stacked iPhones in thickness.

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The Seagate Backup Plus Slim flanked by the iPhone 7 Plus and a WD My Passport Ultra.

It has dimensions of 14.5 x 3.25 x 10.45 and is very light at only 0.254 kg.  The casing’s appearance is attractive, with the top part sporting a brushed aluminum finish although this could be all plastic underneath.  Apart from the new Seagate logo, the only other noticeable design choice is the very thin slit where the light indicator is located.  Overall, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is firm and sturdy when held and it looks and feels really well-made.

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim easily fits in your hand.

Like most modern portable drives, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage drive is bus-powered. This means that the sole micro-USB 3.0 port is the only port in this device as it already takes care of both data and power connections.

Features

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim external hard drive works with both Windows and Mac systems.  This is a definite advantage over other similar products which are formatted for one specific operating system only and will therefore not work with another operating system.  With the Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage, you can easily transfer files between both Windows and Mac systems.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage has a feature that is in tune with the current mobile lifestyle.  Through a downloadable software, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim offers three backup functions.  It has a PC Backup, a Mobile Backup, and a Social feature.  PC Backup is of course your local backup while Mobile Backup can be used to backup files from mobile devices.  It requires the installation of the companion app available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Slim Dashboard

The Social feature allows the user to share media on social-networking sites.  It can also work the other way, meaning, you can backup files from these sites to the Seagate Backup Plus Slim.

Unfortunately, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage has no security features to lock the files and prevent it from being accessed by other.   If you have sensitive files and you want them protected, you may be better off looking at other portable storage options in the market.

Performance

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage is fast.  Copy speeds are zippy for both writing and reading.  Huge files take little time to be transferred and this really impressed me.  For a single-volume drive, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is fast and I had no problem with transferring files from one computer to another or from simply copying and pasting files.  When averaged, copy speeds are at about 100Mbps or even better.  Maybe other more scientific approaches can come up with a better result.

Wrap Up

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable storage is one of the best in its class.  It is extremely pocketable, it is well designed, it is fast and it is affordable at Php 3, 150.  These are sufficient reasons to put this product in your list if you are looking for a portable drive or an external drive.  As added bonus, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim comes with a software that allows you to easily backup local data including data from mobile devices.  It even lets you share to and save files from your social media accounts.

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