Although Western Digital may be the company making the rounds with its snazzy lineup of high definition media players, Seagate has its own models, which offer similar, and in some cases, better, functionality than WD’s alternatives. The latest model, Seagate’s GoFlex Cinema, adds a whopping 3TB drive into the mix to help with media storage.
Unlike some of the other options out there, however, including Seagate’s own prior devices, the GoFlex Digital doesn’t include any kind of networking or streaming services – this is strictly a media bank, as it were. Pop in one of Seagate’s drive “cartridges” and hook the contraption up to your computer via its single USB 2.0 port. Then, simply drag your audio, video and still picture content over to the drive.
You’ll be able to hook the GoFlex Digital up to your television via HDMI or Composite ports, so if you’re still rocking the SDTV, you can still use this device. At least, if you’re European. That’s because Seagate is currently only marketing the devices within Europe, where a 1TB model will retail for just €99; the 3TB runs up to €179. That’s roughly $140 and $250 US, respectively. Not a bad price considering the storage and functionality, and if you buy small and want to add more space later, you can swap out the cartridge for one with a bigger hard drive.
There’s no word yet on when – or if – these units will make it across the pond, but Seagate doesn’t sell much in the way of region-limited devices, so it wouldn’t surprise us to see them hit the US at some point later this year or in early 2012.