Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable

The Good The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable offers great flexibility, USB 3.0, and a large amount of storage. It also works with both Macs and PCs without having to be reformatted.

The Bad The GoFlex Ultra's USB 3.0 performance could be better and the drive doesn't include a USB 3.0 add-in card for computers that don't yet have this connection.

The Bottom Line Even with the slightly low USB 3.0 performance, the GoFlex Ultra still makes an excellent portable external hard drive for people who need to expand their computer's storage.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 7.0
8.4 Overall

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Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable

Sep 2010

The FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable is an upgrade to Seagate's excellent FreeAgent GoFlex Pro that increases the storage amount to 1.5TB, making it the largest single-volume portable external hard drive to date. The drive is also the first in the GoFlex family that supports USB 3.0 out of the box. Other than that, the drive shares Seagate's GoFlex family's superflexible detachable adapter design, allowing it to instantly change the types of connections it supports.

The GoFlex Ultra disappointed us a bit with its comparatively low USB 3.0 performance, unfortunately, though it was still really fast in our tests. However, even with this shortcoming, at around $250 for 1.5TB, it's still one of the best portable external hard drives on the market.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Seagate Technology
  • Color Category black
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type SuperSpeed USB 3.0
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