Nested in a plastic chassis, the nifty disk measures at 4.72 x 3.46 x 1.26 inches. It comes with a standard SATA connector and a miniUSB 3.0 port for speedy data transfers. Included, are a USB-to-miniUSB power cable which doubles for data syncing, a second power cable, as well as a car charger and a wall adapter. The drive itself – rather unconventionally – ships with a rechargeable battery delivering up to 25 hours of stand-by battery life and 5 hours of continuous video streaming. The external storage drive also integrates seamlessly with Windows and Mac OS X computers.
You might wonder what codecs it supports and you’d be happy to find out that it plays back smoothly 1080p full HD videos in practically every iPad-compatible codec. Unfortunately, you’d first have to disconnect from your wireless network to use the one on the GoFlex Satellite, but this seems like a minor trade-off. All of that unique functionality, however, comes at $200, nearly double the price of your conventional non-Wi-Fi hard drive. While the price might be on the higher end, the GoFlex Satellite seems to be taking a bold step towards the post-PC world giving you more independence from your computer. Will this be enough to tip the scales for you? Sound off in the comments below.