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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

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 is 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.

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Kim Kardashian made her own Beats Fit Pro

It’s skin-colored

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There’s an unwritten rule about interacting with people you meet in public: If you see someone wearing headphones or earbuds, they probably don’t want to be bothered. With the size of over-ear headphones and the color of earbuds, it’s easy to spot these telltale signs in public. However, if you’re really feeling your look today, you might not want your gizmos to take away from what really matters. Enter the new Beat Fits Pro from Kim Kardashian.

If you’ve tried a pair of Beat Fits Pro already, then you already know what these sound like. However, the collaboration’s draw comes from more than just audio quality. Compared to other accessories with sleek colors, the Beats x Kim device is meant to match the color of your skin.

With most ear gear using black, white, or purple, a nude pair of earbuds is unique. According to Kardashian, it’s meant to “blend in or stand out.” A lot of technology, especially AI-based ones, are (rightfully) taking a more conscientious approach to skin color sensitivity.

The new Beats Fit Pro model will have three colors: Moon, Dune, and Earth. The three colors goes through three stops in the spectrum of skin color. Though it can certainly have more options, it’s a good start towards color sensitivity.

Apple will release the Beats Fit Pro x Kim Kardashian collaboration on August 16 online through Apple’s store. Meanwhile, the device will debut in-store starting August 17 in ten select locations around the world. It will cost as much as the regular model — US$ 199.99.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches Year of the Tiger-themed AirPods

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Galaxy Watch5 series, Buds 2 Pro price in the Philippines

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The foldables aren’t the only ones announced at Samsung Unpacked. We were also treated to a pair of smartwatches and a new TWS earphone. These are the Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds2 Pro. 

Galaxy Watch5 

The Galaxy Watch5 is all about helping Galaxy users be in their best shape possible. 

This includes equipping the watch with a host of health monitoring features. Most prominently, there’s the BioActive Sensor. Essentially, it’s one chip that enables three other sensors which are the Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. 

Too much to take in? Just think of it as a new tech that enables the Galaxy Watch5 to perform its function of getting you healthy. That’s through Samsung’s Holistic Health approach. 

You can record your Body Composition and the Watch5 will help tailor workouts that work well to achieving your fitness goals. But it goes beyond workouts. It also has suggestions for your post-workout, rest, and recovery process. Like an actual trainer, but on your wrist. 

There’s also the other usual smartwatch functions like Sleep tracking, getting your notifications and what not. It also comes with a 13 percent larger battery. 

The display is made of Sapphire Crystal which Samsung swears is tougher than most other materials used on other smartwatches.

The Galaxy Watch5 comes in different sizes and colors with the following pricing: 

40mmGalaxy Watch5  (Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver )

  • LTE – PHP 19,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 16,990

44mmGalaxy Watch5 (Graphite, Sapphire, Silver)

  • LTE – PHP 21,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 18,990

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is everything the Galaxy Watch5 is but made for the outdoor enthusiasts. It’s made more durable and has extra features to support hiking, cycling and more. 

Build-wise it’s also made of Sapphire Crystal but enhanced. It has a titanium casing that protects the display. You also get a D-Buckle Sports Band made for rugged durability.

For outdoor activities, it has GPX making tracking easy. As you hike or cycle, it’ll help you navigate turn-by-turn so you can keep your eyes on the path. And when you’re ready to head back, there’s a Track back feature that traces your starting point. Great for those challenged with directions.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in 45mm in either Black Titanium or Gray Titanium.

Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy Watch5 Pro 45mm

  • LTE – PHP 26,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 29,990

Buds2 Pro

It’s easy to dismiss this as just a tacked-on offering but Samsung did make significant upgrades to their new headliner earbuds. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro now supports Hi-Fi 24bit Audio. This offers high-dynamic range and a crystal-clear audio resolution. Naturally, there’s also ANC or Active Noise Cancellation which is also enabled in calls for a clearer call conversation. 

If you own a Samsung TV or other Samsung devices, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch between them if necessary.

Form-wise, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than its predecessor. To some people, that could mean it’s easier to misplace. In case that happens, they should be easy to locate using SmartThings Find now. 

It has an IPX7 rating which means it should be okay to take on workouts, except if your workout is swimming. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro retails for PHP 12,990. 

Customers can pre-order the Galaxy Buds2 Pro starting August 11 to September 1, 2022 through samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, and Authorized Samsung Stores.

Pre-order bonus is either of the following: 

  • PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products
  • 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4.

It will be available starting September 2, 2022 in Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online in Bora Purple, Graphite and White.

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Galaxy Watch5 series, Buds 2 Pro price in Singapore

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The foldables aren’t the only ones announced at Samsung Unpacked. We were also treated to a pair of smartwatches and a new TWS earphone. These are the Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds2 Pro. 

Price and availability 

Galaxy Watch5 40mm

  • LTE — SG$ 548
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 448

Galaxy Watch5 44mm

  • LTE — SG$ 598
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 498

Watch5 Pro 45mm

  • LTE — SG$ 798
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 698

Galaxy Buds2 Pro — SG$ 328

Pre-order period begins on August 10, 2022 at 9PM. Those who pre-order will be able to collect their devices starting on August 26, 2022, Friday.

The Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Watch5 Series and Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available in Singapore starting September 2, 2022, Friday at 10AM.

Galaxy Watch5 

The Galaxy Watch5 is all about helping Galaxy users be in their best shape possible. 

This includes equipping the watch with a host of health monitoring features. Most prominently, there’s the BioActive Sensor. Essentially, it’s one chip that enables three other sensors which are the Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. 

Too much to take in? Just think of it as a new tech that enables the Galaxy Watch5 to perform its function of getting you healthy. That’s through Samsung’s Holistic Health approach. 

You can record your Body Composition and the Watch5 will help tailor workouts that work well to achieving your fitness goals. But it goes beyond workouts. It also has suggestions for your post-workout, rest, and recovery process. Like an actual trainer, but on your wrist. 

There’s also the other usual smartwatch functions like Sleep tracking, getting your notifications and what not. It also comes with a 13 percent larger battery. 

The display is made of Sapphire Crystal which Samsung swears is tougher than most other materials used on other smartwatches.

The Galaxy Watch5 comes in different sizes and colors.

  • 44mm: Graphite, Sapphire, Silver
  • 40mm: Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver 

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is everything the Galaxy Watch5 is but made for the outdoor enthusiasts. It’s made more durable and has extra features to support hiking, cycling and more. 

Build-wise it’s also made of Sapphire Crystal but enhanced. It has a titanium casing that protects the display. You also get a D-Buckle Sports Band made for rugged durability.

For outdoor activities, it has GPX making tracking easy. As you hike or cycle, it’ll help you navigate turn-by-turn so you can keep your eyes on the path. And when you’re ready to head back, there’s a Track back feature that traces your starting point. Great for those challenged with directions.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in 45mm in either Black Titanium or Gray Titanium.

Buds2 Pro

It’s easy to dismiss this as just a tacked-on offering but Samsung did make significant upgrades to their new headliner earbuds. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro now supports Hi-Fi 24bit Audio. This offers high-dynamic range and a crystal-clear audio resolution. Naturally, there’s also ANC or Active Noise Cancellation which is also enabled in calls for a clearer call conversation. 

If you own a Samsung TV or other Samsung devices, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch between them if necessary.

Form-wise, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than its predecessor. To some people, that could mean it’s easier to misplace. In case that happens, they should be easy to locate using SmartThings Find now. 

It has an IPX7 rating which means it should be okay to take on workouts, except if your workout is swimming. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro comes in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple. 

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