Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch Review

Seagate, one of the leading global data storage solution providers, has released its new edition in its backup plus line. Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch has taken the external storage industry to new heights. It’s a convenient and intelligent way of storing your data. Password protection gives the buyer peace of mind and its compatibility with USB-C, and USB 3.0/2.0 suits anyone’s needs.

The box contains Seagate backup plus Ultra touch drive, Micro-B (USB 3.0) to USB-A (USB 3.0/2.0) cable and USB-A to USB-C adapter. A handy adaptor is a good change this time, so now it can be used with the USB-C. The Seagate backup plus ultra touch is available in both black and white, and it also comes in either 1 TB or 2 TB capacities.

Design –The Seagate backup plus ultra touch has a unique design and look. It has woven fabric enclosure wrap, which is different than the usual old plastic or metal casing. The woven fabric runs down over one side. The device is the best for the people who are looking forward to buying a portable backup drive. The drives are striking looking and eye-catching.

It is password protected and has 256-AES hardware encryption. The drive supports both Mac and Windows and also allows synching files across many devices. The device comes with a two-year warranty and is very lightweight of approx — 0.151 kg. The look of the drive is amazing. It is a 2.5 inch external USB 3.0 hard drive which is available in 1TB and 2 TB of space.

The Ultra touch supports Micro-B port rather than Type-C. However, it comes with a Type A to Type C adapter for Type A to Micro B cable.

Security and Software – As the hard drive industry is saturated, only a hard drive with good performance can stand out. The personal data on the Ultra Touch is secure as the drive can be protected by a password. Buyer will need to provide the password during the initial setup. However, one needs to be careful because once the password is designated; the buyer would need the password every time he unlocks the drive. If and when you lose the password, you will have to reset the drive which will delete all the stored data in it. Further, the data on the hard drive is protected with AES-256 encryption preventing the serious intrusions by illegal entities.

Another plus for the Seagate hard drive is its Toolkit utility which lets you manage the passwords and security along with allowing restoring data and setting up back up plans. The toolkit also let the user create manual backups in case he doesn’t prefer the automated process. However, the drive doesn’t contain the Toolkit, and it needs to be downloaded at the time when you register the drive.

Capacity – Two TB Ultra Touch drives are of great value as it can store almost 5 millions of photos. People mostly use hard drives for media storage like music, videos and photos, so it’s a sufficient amount of storage usually. The price difference between 1 and 2 GB variant is not much so buying 2TB variant is more cost-effective.

The drive, by default, comes formatted in the exFAT file system which works well for Windows and Mac devices. It also allows the cross-platform readability. If you are a Mac user and want to use Apple’s Time machine, you may need to format the drive in HFS+. Some windows user may also want to reformat the drive in NTFS to optimize the performance. However, if you want to reformat, first copy the backups and the utilities to another drive temporarily and copy back to the Ultra Touch drive after formatting.

Performance – Ultra Touch performed very well in CrystalDiskMark 6 and AS SSD 2. However, it was a little slower reading the small files, but with the large files, Ultra Touch worked like a charm.

Additional offerings – The Ultra Touch comes with one-year membership of Mylio create app worth Rs. 3400. The plan includes automatic multi-device syncing for 50,000 photos along with cloud-free backup storage and premium editing features. Mylio create plan automatically moves all the original photos to the Seagate drive, and the app also makes the images accessible to your phone, tablets, computer and other devices. Mylio create app, and Ultra Touch drive together presents the simple, safe and powerful way to edit, organize, store and sync the photo collection. If you are a passionate photographer in the habit of taking hundreds of photos daily, then you will find Mylio create app is very useful, only when you are not already using Affinity Photo, Photoshop Elements or other popular photo managers.

Furthermore, buying Ultra Touch drive also gets you Kaspersky AntiVirus one year subscription of Rs. 599. However, to claim it buyer has to log on to their website and need to register himself by submitting the basic details including Name, Address, Email ID, Contact number, purchase invoice, an image of the Seagate HDD box and scanned copy of Govt. ID.

In addition, Ultra Touch drive also offers two months free membership to Adobe creative cloud photography plan of Rs. 1399. So a buyer can edit, store, organize and share full-resolution photos anywhere with the complementary two months membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. A buyer can only redeem the plan after product registration, which requires Adobe ID and internet connection.

Conclusion – The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch is one of the best hard drives with decent performance in the market. The woven fabric gives the drive a classy touch. The drive has on-point performance and built-in security feature which add value to this drive. If you want a convenient backup, the drive can offer you easy to use software tools. You can backup with one click whenever you want. Schedule your backup hourly; daily, weekly or monthly, Backup Plus Ultra touch is the best in everything. If you are looking for an affordable portable storage drive with great performance than Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch is the best pick.

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