One feature that is very common in external hard drives these days is wireless connectivity. Wireless external HDD’s eliminates the need to carry a USB cable around wherever you go and also can connect to multiple devices at the same time thus letting you backup or stream content all at once, a very convenient feature for professionals and frequent travelers.
Unlike the very common misconception that many have, latest wireless external HDD have equally good read and write speeds when compared to wired alternatives. If you are in search of wireless external hard drives with 1TB storage capacity, below are my personal suggestions.
All the hard drives mentioned below supports USB 3.0 standard for charging and data transfers.
The Canvio AeroCast weighs just around 10 ounces which make it quite easy to carry around. This device is compatible for Windows and has Tuxera NTFS driver for Mac compatibility as well.
- Can connect up to 6 different devices at once and content can be backed up from at most 4 different devices at once.
- The 11.8 Watt Hour rechargeable battery offers up to five hours of battery backup.
- Practical read speeds are 107 MB/s while write speeds is 105 MB/.
- SD card slot is included.
- The two modes available, namely the Station and Bridge modes that let you access your drive within the same access network or use it as a public network respectively.
- The Toshiba Wireless HDD companion app for the Canvio AeroCast is very user friendly and offers a lot of functionality.
- There is also Google Chromecast support inbuilt so that you can view the content of your hard drive using the Chromecast as well.
- As there is no DLNA support you won’t be able to access the hard drive from devices such as your Smart TV.
- Common formats such as AVI and MKV isn’t supported by the Toshiba Wireless HDD app.
- No feature available to automatically scan and copy media content from devices to the external HDD.
The Corsair Voyager Air 2 is the second generation of wireless external hard drive from the manufacturer and brings more than just a name change. The new Voyager Air 2 brings in design tweaks that make it more ergonomic and portable. This external hard drive can also be used on machines powered by Windows or Mac operating system.
- Connections and data backup can be made to up to 5 different devices at once.
- The rechargeable battery provides 7 hours of battery backup.
- Read/Write speeds for larger files are at around 40 MB/s whereas for smaller files the read speeds drop to around 25 MB/s and write speeds to around 35 MB/s.
- The bigger battery can be charged quickly using an AC power adapter that can be bought separately.
- The Voyager Air 2 can create its own WiFi hotspot to stream the content on your hard drive across devices.
- Seamless syncing with popular cloud storage services such as Google Drive and Dropbox.
- Both DLNA and AirPlay compatible.
- No SD card slot available.
- Unlike its predecessor, the Voyager Air 2 cannot charge other devices.
- Cannot stream Blu-Ray video content.
The Wireless Plus has support for all popular operating systems out there that include Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Kindle as well. The Seagate Media application client for the Wireless Plus external hard drive lets you backup content over the air without any hassles.
- Data backup can be made from up to 8 different devices at once while content can be streamed on to 3 devices simultaneously.
- Battery backup of this device can last up to 10 hours on use.
- Read/write speeds can reach a top of 150 MB/s.
- The 10 hour battery life claimed by Seagate is one of the best of any wireless external hard drives out there.
- Has one of the best wireless ranges at 150 feet.
- Video Playback is tricky. Some videos play in the browser application while other videos are played using the video player of the Seagate Media App.
- Quite bulky at around 300 grams.
Apart from supporting Android, iOS, Windows and the Mac operating system like the others in this list, the Asus Wireless Duo also supports the Kindle Fire from Amazon.
- 3030mAh battery rated for 6 hours of usage.
- Can share content onto 5 devices at once and while streaming HD content can be connected to 3 devices.
- Read and write speeds can touch just above 100 MB/s.
- SD card slot is available.
- IP43 rated for water resistance.
- Cheap feeling polycarbonate built.
- The companion app lacks functionality like support for bulk data transfer.
- No support for auto backup of content from connected devices.
Last but not the least favored, the WD Digital My Passport Wireless has a very impressive standby time while on battery power up to 20 hours and also supports both Mac and Windows operating system.
- 8 different devices can be connected at any time for data backup or data streaming.
- 6 hours battery life while on use.
- Read and write speeds can climb up to 110MB/s for larger files and to about 50 MB/s for smaller files.
- Added SD card slot for direct reading of data.
- Dual stream 802.11n Wi-Fi support ensures faster read and write speeds while connected wirelessly.
- Dedicated WPS button.
- Battery related issues have been reported by many users in official forums.
- Only supports manual drag and drop to copy data to the external HDD.
- Navigating through the mobile app can be confusing for newbie users without as this hard drive shares the application for My Cloud NAS server.
Even though all the 5 external wireless hard drives mentioned above with 1TB capacity are all best in their own terms, we feel that the Seagate Wireless Plus is the best wireless external HDD with 1TB storage capacity that we would recommend the most, thanks to its awesome wireless connectivity for over 150 feet, 10 hours of battery backup and moreover you can still connect up to 8 devices for data backup.