Seagate Central Review 2016
The Seagate Central is a singe volume NAS (Network Attached Storage) device for home users. With Seagate Central network backup and entertainment is made easy. This NAS server is not designed to host your most important data, it is more meant for entertainment and media streaming.
The device really is one of the cheapest NAS server, because it has one hard drive, but it also means it`s quite smaller. Product dimensions: 5,7 x 8,5 x 1,7 inches and it weighs just 2,2 lbs. Seagate Central comes in four different capacities: 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 5TB. Main advantage of Seagate Central is that it is very affordable, the price starts from $118.00 for 2TB of storage, and end`s up with $199.99 for much bigger 5TB capacity. It is quite obvious, that 5TB version would be a better choice, because our need for storage is growing very fast. Via GiGabit connection in our performance test Seagate Central showed writting speed up to 39.5 Mb/s and reading speed up to 74.4 Mb/s.
Central has 2-year limited warranty. You can buy seagate central from Amazon, because it is Prime eligible, that means You can recieve the item very fasti, within just 2 days. It also comes with great mobile apps for media sharing. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to stream media to multiple devices, for affordable price, then seagate central will the best NAS server for you. If You are looking for much more professional NAS storage devices read our articles: Best Thunderbolt Devices of 2015, Best Storage Devices of 2015 and WD My Cloud Ex 2 Review.
- You can easily access your personal cloud from anywhere with any web browser or with free mobile app for smartphones and tablets
- Automatically backup multiple Mac and PC computers with no hassle
- Going on a trip and need backup? No problem! Backup Your photos and Videos from any Smartphone and Tablet form anywhere
- Wirelessly stream Your media to any connected device: gaming consoles, media players, TV`s and more
Design and Specification
The design is very simple and device comes only in black color. Device is inconspicuous and you won`t even notice it after a while. There is one LED on top of the Central, to show when device is turned on and ready to work. The Seagate Central has one USB 2.0 and one GiGabit Ethernet port on the back. It has one nonreplacable hard drive inside. With capacity up to 5TB it has plenty of storage space for it`s purpose. We do not recommend to save only one copy of important data on Central, because it`s purpose is to share storage space for entire home. Seagate central setup is very easy and don`t take much time. I will explain more about seagate central setup and web interface in next article. The server is both compitable with Mac and Windows computers. You can also find seagate central setup on official Seagate`s web page: HERE. And seagate central manual can be found HERE. Seagate central warranty is 2 years.
After testing i can say that Seagate Central did well for a single drive NAS server. It was the fastest one from single drive NAS devices, with reading speed up to 74MBps and writting speed up to 40MBps. More advanced NAS servers with multiple hard drives are way faster but also much more expensive than Seagate Central. At this performance seagate central can easily done the job. I also have to mention that server works very quietly.
Your personal cloud at home.
Stream your movies, music, and photos to:
- Chromecast: Cast your favourite content, stored on Seagate Central, effortlessly from your smartphone or tablet to any Television or Audio system equipped with an HDMI port using the Seagate Media app
- LG Smart TV’s: Enjoy all your favourite content stored inside Seagate Central, on the big screen, by casting it to your LG Smart TV using the Seagate Media app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Roku®: view movies, listen to music, and play a slideshow easily on a Roku streaming player using theSeagate Media Channel. Simply download the Seagate Media Channel from the Roku channel store, sit back and enjoy the show
- Samsung® Smart TVs: enjoy a unique app that features cover art, song listings, and simple remote control navigation. Available in the Samsung Smart Hub on your Smart TV or Blu-ray player
- AirPlay® and AppleTV®: Wirelessly stream and enjoy your content from your iPad® and iPhone® on AppleTV and various AirPlay-enabled devices
- DLNA® devices: stream to any DLNA compliant devices on your network such as a gaming console, Smart TV, Blu-ray™ player, or audio system
- Seagate Central
- Ethernet cable
- Power supply
- Quick start guide
- 2 year limited warranty.
Seagate Central Review – Conclusion
If you are looking for a NAS server that will share digital media to the entire house with no hassle, then Seagate Central is the best solution! But if you need a device to backup important data, then you shouldn`t buy seagate central and look for an exernal hard drive like: Seagate Backup Plus, WD My Passport Ultra, or Toshiba Canvio. Seagate Central is an excellent choice when used for entertainment purposes.