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Spider-Man Drive: A nice-to-have for webheads

Is this the ultimate hard drive for Spidey fans?

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Spider-Man enthusiasts have another item to add to their collection. The Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition Firecuda External Hard Drive (Spider-Man Drive for brevity) is one of the few pop-culture licensed products that are actually useful. It’s not just a collector’s item to display on shelves, but one you can benefit from. 

For fans of the entire Spider-Verse, this particular collaboration even comes in three variants: Spider-Man featuring the original, classic Spidey, Miles Morales featuring, well, Miles, and Ghost-Spider featuring Gwen Stacy. 

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Each comes with their own unique look and feel. But unlike their comic book counterparts, these hard drives have the exact same features — the same power set, if you will. 

On paper, that’s 2TB of storage capacity, works with PC, Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox, uses USB 3.2 Gen 1, and has RGB. Yay. Something to keep in mind, by default, it’s in the exFAT format system. That makes sure it’s compatible across the devices mentioned. If you ever have to reformat for whatever reason, make sure to keep it on exFAT. 

The Classic Suit 

Spider-Man Drive

Nothing beats the classic, and that is true for yours truly. Especially when it comes to Spider-Man suits. Something about the webbed-red-and-blue is just undeniably Spider-Man and that’s what you get with the Spider-Man Drive. 

Front and center is the hero himself. 

There’s also a Firecuda and Seagate branding but they’re almost unnoticeable. 

Here’s a closer look at the Seagate branding. 

Spider-Man Drive

On the bottom edge, the name of the drive is written. 

Spider-Man. With a hyphen. As it should always be written.

Flip the thing to show the dominant blue with a Spider-Man logo. 

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Fun-fact: That’s the original back logo from the first comic book run. Many fans prefer it to the one in the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films. That’s because the back logos in the films look sharper and edgier, unlike the original which gives off “friendly neighborhood” Spidey vibes. 

Bonus for size comparison, next to an iPhone 11 Pro.

We forgot to take snaps but the packaging also comes with some Spidey and Seagate stickers.

Overall, it’s a great look. Spidey is in a stylish pose and the hard drive itself embodies the classic suit. Peter Parker stans should look to grab this one. 

Fast but no super speed

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Probably unintentional, but fun to highlight is that the Spider-Man drive still uses USB 3.2 Gen connectors. That means the file transfer speeds, while fast enough, aren’t exactly blazing fast. Which is technically fine. Super speed, after all, isn’t part of Spidey’s power set. 

But how fast is it exactly? It takes about 30-40 minutes to move around 35GB of files. Decent. But not exactly efficient. For instance, we’ve been able to transfer nearly the same amount of files in a third of the time from a memory card connected to a dongle that supports faster file transfers. 

That means this isn’t exactly built for a truly speedy on-the-go workflow. If you’re taking this outside, make sure to keep the file transfers to 10GB and below so you can stay agile like Spider-Man. 

RGB for fun? 

No thematic connection again, but hey, some people really think RGB is cool. This one’s generally easy to set-up. Upon plugging in the Spider-Man Drive, you’ll gain access to its contents. There you’ll find a Toolkit installer both for Windows and Mac. Although, for Mac, you’ll need to install another driver to make it work. 

Everything is pretty straightforward no matter which operating system you’re working with. I had zero trouble hooking it up to Windows. Although, MacOS Ventura is a little challenging as Privacy and Security dialog box has changed. As of writing, we’re still trying to figure out the right permissions so we can install the required driver to make RGB work with Mac. 

It’s a fun and cool addition and should fit most desk aesthetics. By default, the LED light is set to white. But it’ll appear bluish on the Spider-Man Drive because of the blue back panel. 

Price and availability 

The Spider-Man Drive and the rest of its variants retail for PhP 6,190/ US$ 139.99. 

In the Philippines, The devices are available on Seagate’s official Shopee and Lazada stores, as well as select partners. 

You can also visit the official product page: Spider-Man | Miles Morales | Ghost-Spider

Is the Spider-Man Drive your GadgetMatch?

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Officially licensed products are usually nothing more than money-grabs. Take a pop-culture icon, slap a kick-ass art on your product, and voila: cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. However, it would be nice if a little more thought is put into the collaboration. 

It would have been nice to keep things in theme by adding more Spidey-related things to the final product. I’m no expert but wouldn’t it have been more fun if the cable was longer and looked more like Spidey’s webs? Or perhaps add or make available some protective cases that feature Spidey’s other suits. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, especially if you’re paying extra for a product that essentially already exists. 

 

At its core, the Spider-Man Drive is just a pricier re-skin of the generally okay Firecuda Gaming External Hard Drive. It’s not bad, but it’s not amazing nor superior. 

That said, Spider-Man fans (like this writer), will likely think this piece of tech is still pretty darn cool. Because it is. And sometimes, that’s really all it takes. 

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2023 Minimal Desk Setup

With Logitech’s newest keyboard and mouse

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Last week, Apple launched the new Mac mini, a BYODKM device — bring your own display keyboard and mouse.

Paired with Apple’s Studio Display, this is the perfect time to pair it with a keyboard and mouse from Logitech!

But how will Michael Josh’s revamp his 2023 desk setup?

Watch our special Logitech desk setup and styling video now to know more!

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Google is working on an AirTag competitor

Codenamed “grogu”

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Since its launch, the AirTag has created a whirlwind of controversy because of how the tracking device was used (or misused). Today, the general consensus is that the AirTag offers more benefits than potential drawbacks. Everyone now wants in. Google, according to a recent finding, is reportedly working on its own AirTag competitor.

Via Kuba Wojciechowski and Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, Google is developing quite a bit in the tracking device segment. The developers are currently expanding the lineup of Fast Pair to include support for more locator tags like the AirTag. However, besides support for other devices, the development also includes references to a first-party tracking device.

The device, “grogu” as it’s currently called, is under development by the Nest team. It will include on-board speakers and Bluetooth LE support.

Google has not hinted at any developments to confirm any upcoming tracking device. With the currently available information, it’s impossible to check what the final product will be called or what features it will come with.

A Google-based tracking device will still be a godsend for users, though. Currently, only Tile offers an alternative to the Apple-based AirTag. Besides allowing users to keep track of their misplaced devices, a tracking device is now an essential must-have for travelers to make sure airlines don’t accidentally misplace pieces of luggage.

SEE ALSO: Android is working on a built-in detector for AirTags

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Sony brings back the Walkman

There are two new models

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX707

What is a Sony Walkman? For those who don’t know, ‘Walkman’ is essentially Sony’s branding for their line of portable music players. It had versions that played cassette tapes, CDs, and mp3 files. Now, in the era of streaming, the Walkman is making a comeback.

Two new models

Sony Walkman NW-ZX707

Sony is adding two models to the lineup. These are the NW-ZX707, and the NW-A306. Yes, Sony’s robotic nomenclature is alive in well even in the Walkman line.

The NW-ZX707 has a 5-inch display, enhanced battery life, balanced connection, and Wi-Fi compatibility for downloading and streaming. Updated components from high-ends models were used on the device. This is to make sure it delivers high sound quality.

It integrates a DSD Remastering Engine where PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio is resampled into an 11.2 MHz DSD (Direct Stream Digital).

Then, there’s the NW-A306. It’s a much more compact modern Walkman. It has a 3.6-inch touch screen as well tactile physical music controls for those who like to feel them buttons.

This new walkman is made with premium aluminium milled frame and weighs only 7oz.

High quality sound

Sony Walkman NW-A306

Naturally, high quality sound is the name of the game for this pair of devices. Walkman’s independently developed S-Master HX digital amp technology was used to make it compatible with native DSD format.

What it does is reduce distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies. This results in a rich and full-bodied sound, further enhanced by a new high-quality sound lead-free solder.

The NW-ZX707 and the NW-A306 both use Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence), and DSEE Ultimate™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) which upscales compressed digital music files in real-time. The evolving algorithm now delivers even greater benefits for CD-quality (16-bit 44.1/48kHz) lossless codec audio.
This restores subtleties and dynamic range providing a richer and more complete listening experience.

Battery life

The NW-ZX707 has a battery life of up to 25 hours of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 23 hours1 of 96 kHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback, or up to 22 hours2 even when streaming.

The NW-A306 has a battery life of up to 36 hours1 of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 32 hours1 of 96kHz FLAC high-resolution audio playback, or even up to 26 hours with streaming service apps.

Price and availability

The NW-ZX707 retails for PhP 44,999 while the NW-A306 is priced at PhP 19,999. They will be available in select Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide starting February 10, 2023.

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