Seagate is one of the world’s largest manufacturers in hard drives for both business and home use. They are also leaders in innovation in the hard drive market as well including demonstrating in early 2012 the first 1TB/square inch density hard drive. With such a huge name in the hard drive industry, it is not a surprise they also have delved into the home network attached storage market. The Seagate STAM3000100 FreeAgent GoFlex Home 3 TB External Hard Drive is their large offering of single NAS device and here’s our review:
Price Range: $180 – $195
Overall Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Dimensions: 3.1 x 5.3 x 6.8 inches ; 2.8 pounds
Can setup a USB printer for sharing as well
2 Year warranty
Seagate STAM3000100 FreeAgent GoFlex Home 3 TB External Hard Drive Product Description
The Seagate STAM3000100 FreeAgent GoFlex offers all the “normal” (a.k.a. expected) features of NAS devices today: easy setup, accessible via Mac OS and Windows OS, plugs right into the wireless router, and offers automatic and continuous backup storage with commercial or proprietary software for Windows (this devices uses Memeo software) and Mac OS Time Machine.
Not offered by all NAS devices: USB port to connect a USB printer and make it shareable on the wireless network. Nice touch. Also contains a USB 2.0 port to hook up to the host computer (instead of having to use the direct network connection).
The GoFlex Home applications then give you the rest of the “nice” features: Experience movies, video, and photos on all your home connected devices. And on the go, you can stream your media to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices using the free GoFlex Access app. You can also remotely stream your media library to any Internet-connected computer with a web browser. It’s a simple solution to access all your data anywhere, anytime.
Seagate STAM3000100 FreeAgentGoFlex PROS AND CONS
- Solid NAS system with good access speed.
- Able to connect multiple computers easily
- Seagate support is fairly responsive
- As with just about all home NAS devices, the application and GUI are hard to manage and not intuitive. (Reviews still report Synologyhas the best management dashboard)
- FreeAgent has a bad feature that you can only run one FreeAgent device on a network. Why? Who knows … but we always advice for redundancy sake to buy two network drives to have two copies of your data, and to buy them from separate manufacturers (you don’t want to have two devices in the same manufacturing run). So this will not likely affect you, but it is a terrible oversight
- Device connection seems to drop intermittently
- Quite a few Apple/Mac owners complain about compatibility and connectivity
Overall, the Seagate STAM3000100 FreeAgentGoFlex is average. Seagate hard drives are solid and durable, but the NAS enclosures are a bit more kludgy on maintaining connections according to quite a few owner reviews. If you need this mostly for backup or basic streaming and want to save a bit of money, this might be for you. If you are on a budget, this is a great price point for this NAS system. Otherwise, we would recommend you look at spending a few more dollars and look at the comparable Western Digital NAS devices.
What Buyers Are Saying
“I was initially doubtful after reading all the reviews. But after doing my research and looking at all technical specification. I decided to buy it. I assumed other people may be not be power users like me. As i see more sheeps (most of Apple users: Who don’t even know what they own except it’s from apple). I took my chances and bought it. It was delivered on time. At this price a very good product…(READ MORE)”
“The Good: Sold NAS system and the speeds are not terrible at all. I have connected multiple computers and it works good. In addition, the apple app is great and i can access all my content remotely. The Bad: The dashboard is stuck in the 1980s and is very bad and loaded with features that you don’t want or rarely use and missing all functions that you absolutely need. My Verdict: I would lower expectation and use this device stricly as a backup device and look to explore the market for systems with better UI and ease of operations…(READ MORE)”
“Surprised that the ratings on this are so low. I wouldn’t say this is an all world device, but it does what it says its going to do. It seems to read and write well. I use the app a lot to access the files and I think the app stinks but its overall pretty good… (READ MORE)”
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 stars.
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Source of Buyer Reviews and Description: Amazon.com
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