Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Review: Compact Yet Has Its Cons

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim offers two storage options of 1TB and 2TB. 

Published05 Aug 2019, 01:20 PM IST
Tech Reviews
3 min read

Seagate has been a pioneer when it comes to portable hard drives and has recently updated its portfolio with the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB and 2TB variants.

Though it’s an update that’s come after a very long time (almost 5 years), we thought of taking a closer look at what Seagate brings to the table with its latest offering which is the 2TB Backup Plus Slim.

Snapshot

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Bundled Adobe Creative Suite subscription for two months
  • Auto backup
  • Social media sharing feature

Cons

  • Old hard drive version
  • No drive security feature

What’s Good?

The first thing that catches your eye is the refreshed design of the hard drive. It doesn’t wow you but doesn’t shy from making the hardware look premium either. The brushed metal finish (on the silver version) adds a lot to the overall design and it also comes with an LED light.

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is 126 grams.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is 126 grams.
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It’s compact and weighs just 126 grams. In terms of dimensions, the Backup Plus Slim carries a 115 x 78 x 12mm form factor. The size is a big advantage, especially if you want to carry the device in your pocket.

The Backup Slim Plus doesn’t bring anything extra to the table but still manages to pull its own weight in terms of data transfers. Features like auto-backup and even social media sharing give it extra points.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Review: Compact Yet Has Its Cons
(Photo: Blackdesignmagic speed test)

In terms of performance, the Backup Plus Slim was able to churn out write and read speeds of 119.9 Mb/s and 119.5 Mb/s respectively via the Blackmagicdesign speed test. We were able to transfer a 5GB file at almost 128Mbps while transferring on USB 3.0. That’s decent performance.

What’s more interesting is that users can automatically sync files between mirrored folders on the drive and on their Mac or PC by downloading and using Seagate’s free toolkit. Seagate’s Media app allows you to backup mobile phone data directly on to the drive as well.

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim offer software bundles with it.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim offer software bundles with it.
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You can also use the hard drive straight away without having to format it.

Some extra benefits that you get with the Backup Plus Slim are a one-year subscription of Mylio Creative photo management software and a two-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud which gives you access to software like Adobe Photoshop and Premier Pro.

Note: This offer is only available on select products and depends from where you buy the hard drive.

What’s Bad?

What’s underwhelming is that the Backup Plus Slim is running on the same old version of the ST2000LM007 hard disk. This hardware has been in use for a long period of time and hasn’t seen any upgrades till now.

Though it is a tried and trusted performer on many laptops and computers, it doesn’t bring anything extra in terms of performance.

The Backup Plus Slim also doesn’t offer any drive security feature which means you cannot secure your hard drive using passwords against unauthorised access. A feature that the WD My Passport Ultra offers.

Verdict

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is a good offering in terms of performance and you can get it for a discounted price tag of Rs 6,000 online which is discount of almost Rs 2,000 compared to the box price of Rs 7,999.

It offers convenient ways to backup data with the added utility of a social media sharing feature. It also comes with a suite of compatible apps which offers a lot of utility for the users.

Some of the concerns that might bother potential buyers are the lack of an option to secure their data using passwords or encryption and also it doesn’t offer an extended warranty which for many might be a deal-breaker.

Still, if you’re not convinced and want to try other options, you can go with the WD My Passport or even the Lenovo F309 which comes in the same price range.

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