At CES last month, LaCie revealed its “Fuel” wireless hard disk for iOS and Mac tools, enabling users to easily expand storage for their tools. With the Gas now offered for acquisition, LaCie has given MacRumors some hands-on time with the Gas, revealing that the device does without a doubt live up to its invoicing for those about to hold about an extra gadget as needed.


Similar to the Wireless Plus from parent business Seagate, LaCie’s Gas supplies a 1 TB drive to offer ample storage space for media, with iOS gadget individuals able to access content through the Seagate Media application.

With Fuel linking wirelessly to iOS tools, the tool also sustains Wi-Fi hotspot capability, permitting it to attach to an alreadying existing Wi-Fi network and passing that connection with to tools connected wirelessly to Gas. Macs can connect to Fuel either wirelessly or by means of USB 3.0, as Fuel features a micro USB 3.0 port and an adapter cable to link to conventional USB ports on various other tools. The wire could also be used to ask for Fuel with a consisted of Air Conditioning adapter. Customers looking for fast data transfer from their Mac need to obviously go for a wired USB 3.0 connection over the Wi-Fi choice.

Gas’s capability to make its very own Wi-Fi network enables up to 5 tools to hook up to it at the same time, with HD video clip streams being offered to up to 3 tools at the same time. That feature is what develops a practically smooth encounter for individuals while linked to the tool, providing them the capability to wirelessly stream material directly from Gas while still accessing the Internet from their devices.


Seagate Media application’s main display (left) and data view (best)

LaCie Fuel additionally consists of Dropbox help, enabling it to instantly sync an individual’s Dropbox folder when activated within variety of a Wi-Fi network, guaranteeing that media and various other documents can be quickly pushed to Gas.

The Seagate Media app instantly classifies media in to five teams: Videos, Photos, Music, Files, and Recent. Videos, images, and music can be played right from the app, although not all file formats are assisted. Records usually require third-party apps to open up, however getting on them brings up the basic iOS sharing display with fast accessibility to compatible apps.

Apart from the “Media View” organized by documents type, Seagate Media likewise offers a “Folder View” to enable users to scan the complete folder hierarchy without counting on the automated collections made use of in Media View. Documents and folders could be arranged by name, size, date, or kind, or filtered by kind, and the interface likewise allows customers to relabel, erase, copy, and move data.


Seagate Media application’s audio gamer interface (left) and power inclinations (right)

Electric battery life on Fuel is ranked at 10 hours, although streaming high quality video will considerably reduce that time. To help users make best use of electric battery life, the Seagate Media app screens the fee remaining while offering several choices such as an “ECO method” to assist switch off certain functions and save electric battery life.

Gas is readily available now from Lacie’s store and various other vendors at a suggested list price of $$ 199.99.

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