The Seagate company needs no introduction, its presence on the storage market being quite an impressive one over the years. Like most other big names in this specific field, the company has also launched quite a few external storage devices, including here the particular model you're about to see as follows, namely the FreeAgent XTreme, which combines very large storage spaces with a few very interesting design features.
Storage space is pretty much the most important feature in the case of any product from this family, and for this reason, Seagate is offering the FreeAgent XTreme in 500 GB, 640 GB, 1 TB and 1.5 TB versions. Quite obviously, these very large storage spaces are provided with the help of the company's own HDDs, all of which feature rotational speeds of 7200 RPM
Even if the FreeAgent XTreme from Seagate is a storage behemoth, the truth of the matter is that it also sports some pretty interesting design features. Leaving aside the elegant and somewhat unusual form factor, it's interesting to mention the very peculiar activity indicator, a combo of LEDs which mimic some sort of “breathing” pattern when in use and fade away when the HDDs inside are idle.
Like any modern external storage solution should, the device from Seagate is equipped with the three most popular and fastest data-transfer interfaces on the market, namely USB 2.0 (speeds of up to 480 Mb/s
), FireWire 400 (up to 400 Mb/s
) and eSATA (up to 3Gb/s
From the point of view of the compatibility with various operating systems, the device from Seagate is actually pretty versatile, as it works quite well with Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business Service Pack-1
, as well as Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition Service Pack-2
Depending on the particular storage capacity, the FreeAgent XTreme can be found somewhere in the 160 USD – 300 USD price range, which is actually a pretty sweet deal, given all the features and specs this thing can offer.