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Seagate Ultra Touch SSD: 5 reasons why you need this external SSD

Seagate’s new portable SSD is truly a worthy investment

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If you’ve been fond of reading our posts, we already did an article that discusses the differences of SSDs (Solid State Drives) against regular HDDs (Hard Disk Drives). I even made a full article on how upgrading to an SSD vastly improved the performance of an old and sluggish laptop.

In this article, it’s all about this new storage device that caters not only to me as a creative, but also to every other professional who always relies on large external drives for work on-the-go. Wrote five reasons why I find the Seagate Ultra Touch SSD one of the best (if not the best) external storage device you can use for work and play.

1. Chic and stylish

Unlike other external HDDs that are mostly made up of plastic, Seagate’s Ultra Touch SSD is made from textile that resembles a woven fabric, making it look and feel sleek.

Seagate One Touch SSD

It comes in two basic colors: White and Black. Obviously, I got the black one. But if neither is your cup of tea, there are special Camo and Sam Larson editions for the One Touch version — especially if you prefer louder designs over the minimal-looking. Regardless of what color you choose, they all look modern and barely looks like a typical external storage device.

2. Compact and pocketable

Seagate’s Ultra Touch SSD thinnest point is just at 10mm. That’s slimmer than most smartphones today. When held, you’ll barely notice it’s there because it weighs exactly at 0.065 kilograms or just 65 grams! If you come to think of it, conventional hard disk drives weigh around 170 to 220 grams. It may not sound a lot, but you’ll definitely feel the heft if you hold them with your hands.

Due to the lack of mechanical parts such as large spinning disks, this makes Seagate’s Ultra Touch SSD ultra lightweight and compact — especially that it has immovable parts (chips) inside it. While I don’t recommend to just put this storage device inside your jeans’ pockets as it’s not totally built for butt pressure, this external SSD is greatly pocketable.

For real-world comparison, I’ve managed to place it side-by-side with my old laptop’s 500GB 2.5-inch SATA HDD (Hard Disk Drive)…

…and also compared its thin form factor against my extra thicc 4TB External HDD.

For another comparison, I also have another 2TB external HDD that’s as thicc as the previously mentioned hard drive.

Its size is quite close to my 65W USB-C PD power brick…

and quite smaller than my debit card.

Seagate One Touch SSD

Finally, here’s how it looks like versus three different coins from Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

Seagate One Touch SSD

3. Speedy and reliable performance

On paper, Seagate is confident that the Ultra Touch SSD will reach up to 400MB/s of write speed. True to its words, it’s able to give me more than 300MB/s under a huge stress test. Others might say it doesn’t stick to its promise but devices like this don’t really reach the maximum limit — just like how it works in cars, other devices, and even human beings with utmost limits.

The image above shows a huge speed gap between my external HDD compared to Seagate’s SSD. It may not matter to most users, but for video editors and gamers, fast read and write speeds are everything.

4K videos are harder to read on slower disk drives. No wonder why a video editor app is sluggish even if your laptop/rig has all the best chipset and memory on board. Investing on a fast SSD like the Ultra Touch SSD is a great solution for that.

Even gamers need fast drivers since most games run on 2K/4K resolution with maximum settings possible. The external SSD will not only load games faster, it can also be opened in other laptops as long as you figured out how to correctly install games in external drives.

I also tried comparing disk speeds versus two MacBook Pros with an internal, non-removable SSD. While they’re pretty far from what Seagate can offer, it’s still a huge feat considering an external SSD can achieve great feats of read and write speeds that regular disk drives can’t even do.

4. Utmost compatibility

Out of the box, the Seagate Ultra Touch SSD is already formatted to exFAT. This means you don’t have to worry about storage platform incompatibilities. Usually, external disk drives come in NTFS format — which is limited to Windows systems. Other drives are specified for Mac. Thus, the Mac OS Extended format.

Whether that may be Windows, macOS, Linux, a smart/Android TV, or even an Android smartphone, the Seagate Ultra Touch SSD will work wonders since exFAT can be read by most devices. Such file format is the most accessible across all platforms whether that is for reading or writing files.

Upon my usage, I tested it with the Galaxy S21 Ultra as it successfully detected the drive and was able to show its contents through Seagate’s SSD Touch app. File Manager works as well for copying and pasting several data. As long as your device supports USB On-The-Go, the portable drive would actually work.

5. Future-ready

Seagate One Touch SSD

Other than being available to almost every device, Seagate made sure that it’s safe for future use with the inclusion of a braided USB-A cable plus a USB-A to USB-C adapter. It’s “future-proof” in a sense that most upcoming devices will be shipped with USB-C anyway. While there’s still the USB-A plug for backwards compatibility with older machines.

BONUS: Free subscriptions

Upon any purchase of Seagate’s Ultra Touch SSD (or even HDD), you’ll get free limited subscriptions with Mylio Create for one year. Mylio Create is an app that stores all your photos in one online library. Their system also organizes your photos depending on their visual story.

There’s even the free Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop and Lightroom) for two (2) months. If you’ll try to list it down, that’s a great saving especially if your a creative or a content creator who relies on such apps. Adobe’s Creative Cloud plan alone will cost you thousands of dollars. If you’re new to the scene, this is a great way for you to test out their products while trying to build your creative portfolio.

Pricing (+ Giveaway!)

Seagate One Touch SSD

The Seagate Ultra Touch SSD is currently available in only two storage options: 500GB and 1TB. Pricing varies per region and are available through Shopee or Amazon at these links in SingaporeMalaysia, ThailandPhilippinesIndonesiaVietnam, and India, but in the Philippines, the 500GB version is priced at PhP 7,999 while the 1TB version retails for PhP 9,999. While this portable storage device is pocketable, it’s definitely not pocket-friendly for most consumers. But don’t fret!

If you can’t wait to try this ultra-fast and compact storage device but you have budget limitations, well here’s your chance as we’re giving away a Seagate Ultra Touch SSD to a lucky reader! We’ll announce the mechanics soon on facebook.com/gadgetmatch.

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Lenovo announces two new monitors and the LC50 Modular Webcam

These two complement each other so well

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Lenovo is all for bringing the best possible experience even from a peripheral standpoint. This time around, they want to extend the experience to another important peripheral in any workstation: the webcam. To complement, they’re also releasing two new monitors with their own great features. However, the star of the show is the Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam.

The Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam promises to bring clear audio and video quality fit for video calls and even streaming. It comes with a 1080p sensor that captures video at 30 frames per second, which is pretty standard for FHD webcams. Apart from this, it even comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones and the lens has a 4x digital zoom capacity. Also, it comes with a physical lens shutter when you’re not using it.

Other cool features with this webcam include its built-in tilt capacity and magnetic base. These two tie in well with Lenovo’s two new monitors: the Lenovo L32p-30 and the Lenovo L27m-30. In essence, the LC50 Modular Webcam magnetically attaches to the frame of either the 31.5-inch (L32P-30) or 27-inch (L27m-30) monitor of your choosing.

As for the monitors themselves, the Lenovo L32p-30 monitor sports a 4K resolution with HDR10 support, which is best suited for the next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, the Lenovo L27m-30 comes with a 75Hz refresh rate and TUV Rheinland EyeSafe certification to to relieve eye strain.

Pricing and availability for the LC50 Modular Webcam and the two monitors are as follows:

  • Available in September 2021
    • Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam (starts at EUR 99)
    • Lenovo L27m-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 299)
  • Available in October 2021
    • Lenovo L32p-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 479)
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Lenovo unveils new IdeaPad Chromebooks, L15 Mobile Monitor

Build that mobile workstation for school or work

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Creating your own mobile workstation for school or work isn’t as simple as most people make it out to be. For the most part, it requires sets of devices that are compatible with each other in the long run. Now, Lenovo plans to basically challenge with their own set of mobile devices to get you started. Enter the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook and the Lenovo L15 Mobile Monitor.

Some brand new Chromebooks for work

For the laptop department, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook provides several key features that fit a mobile workstation. For starters, an 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM provides suitable performance for this 2-in-1 laptop. Also, it comes with 512GB of SSD storage, which is quite ample for all your software and documents. In essence, it’s the ideal device to bring with you to work, or set down on the table for school.

Another nifty feature unique to the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook is its 720p webcam for video conferencing. This is particularly useful if you’re not keen on spending a bit more for a dedicated webcam for your laptop. Finally, the IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook sports 10 hours worth of battery life, which is decent for work.

Apart from this laptop, Lenovo also announced the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook. This device comes with hardware similar to the IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook, just without the webcam. Also, the IdeaPad 5i Chromebook is a standard laptop with a 14-inch IPS non-touch display.

 Your next, mobile 2nd screen

For most of you, a mobile workstation isn’t complete without a 2nd display to work on. Of course, the obvious benefit to having a 2nd display is an extended workspace, particularly for multitasking purposes. This is where the Lenovo L15 Mobile Monitor comes in with its 15.6-inch IPS, anti-glare display. Also, you can connect either your laptop or your smartphone to this mobile monitor for an extended viewing experience.

In terms of setting it up, it’s as simple as connecting the USB Type-C cable to supported devices. If workstation space is an issue, you can orient the monitor however you wish thanks to its adjustable foot. Also, it’s quite light and easy to carry around, making it the ideal on-the-go 2nd display option.

Prices and availability for these devices are as follows:

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook (July 2021), IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook (June 2021); both starting at EUR 399
  • Lenovo L15 Mobile Monitor (September 2021, starts at EUR 229)
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Lenovo Go accessories are specially made for remote workplaces

Adjusting to the new normal

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Remote working has become a routine now, and companies are increasingly adopting a hybrid work culture. Work-from-home is just one of them, and many are opting for a nomadic life that’s not too far away from the city but far enough from the usual. Lenovo Go-branded accessories are specially designed to fit this hybrid culture.

The broad portfolio of purpose-built PC accessories is conceived to address common productivity pain points such as multitasking on several devices, low battery anxiety, or bad audio quality during calls.

Lenovo Go

The Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse lets you pair up to three devices and connect them effortlessly with a single button. If you’re looking for something different, the Wireless Vertical Mouse offers an optimized angle and curvature that mimicks a natural handshake position. Its accuracy is up to 2400 dots per inch (DPI) and includes six programmable buttons.

There’s also a USB-C Wireless Charging Kit that can charge any 13 to 14-inch laptop. All you need to do is lay the 65W mat and connect the receiver to one of the USB-C ports. The moment you place your laptop on the desk, it’s ready to charge. The Wireless Mobile Power Bank has a capacity of 10,000mAh and can simultaneously charge up to 30W of devices, one via wireless Qi and two via USB-C.

There’s also a Wired Speakerphone that eliminates headset pressure and delivers top-notch sound. It contains two microphones for beamforming and far-field pickup to improve voice clarity.  In case you’re looking for something that’s audio-focused, the Wired ANC Headset and Wireless ANC Headset offer maximum options in terms of connectivity. The latter also supports USB-C connections and dual pairing. Lastly, an In-ear option is also available, which also supports ANC (Active Noise Cancellation).

Tech Accessories Organizer is also available with compression-molded compartments and splash-proof zippers to keep care of all your accessories.

Price and Availability

Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse July 2021 €49 (US$ 58)
Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Mouse July 2021 €36 (US$ 43)
Lenovo Go Wireless Vertical Mouse Aug 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go Wireless Split Keyboard Oct 2021 €89 (US$ 106)
Lenovo Go Wireless Numeric Keypad Oct 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) July 2021 €80 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wireless Mobile Power Bank (10,000 mAh) Jan 2022 €69 (US$ 82)
Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit Oct 2021 €139 (US$ 154)
Lenovo Go Wired ANC Headset Nov 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Wireless ANC Headset Nov 2021 €159 (US$ 190)
Lenovo Go ANC In-ear Headphones Nov 2021 €79 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone Oct 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Tech Accessories Organizer Sep 2021 €45 (US$ 54)
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