Updated 11 Oct 2016

Seagate

Personal Cloud

Snapshot: The Seagate Personal Cloud NAS system has 1 hard drive bays and can stream using Chromecast, Apple AirPlay and Plex. How fast does it write and read files?

Personal Cloud
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$380

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Test results

Overall score
86
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Cloud access score
?/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • Very good performance.
  • Very good cloud access.
  • Has a gigabit ethernet port for fibre-fast speeds.
  • Comes with 4TB of storage installed.
  • Can stream using Chromecast, Apple AirPlay and Plex.

But

  • Only has 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port.
  • Doesn't have one-touch backup.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance – assesses the write and read speeds while transferring a large set of data and a small set of data to and from each NAS system. We time the transfer while recording the speeds to measure the drive’s performance.

Ease of use – we compare the ease of use of each NAS system, assess the supplied software, setup time and complexity, how easy the interface is to use and the ease of completing common tasks, such as transferring files or backing up a device to the NAS. Our ease of use test includes an assessment of the cloud access. We look at how easy it is to access the “personal cloud” these drives become when connected to home WiFi.

As a NAS system is designed to run constantly, so you can always access your files, we also measure energy consumption. This gives you an idea how much a system will cost you in the long run. We calculate the annual cost based on average use being 8 hours’ active use and 16 hours’ standby per day with electricity costing 25¢ per kilowatt per hour.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$380

Specifications

Read speed (large files, Mbps)
876
Write speed (large files, Mbps)
570
Read speed (small files, Mbps)
583
Write speed (small files, Mbps)
416
Disks included
Bays
1
Installed capacity (TB)
4
Mirrored by default
×
Usable capacity (TB)
3.9
Max capactiy (TB)
5
CPU (MHz)
na
CPU cores
n/a
RAM (MB)
512

Features

Gigabit Ethernet ports
1
USB 3.0 ports
1
USB 2.0 ports
1
Web browser
×
PC application
DLNA
Chromecast support
Apple AirPlay support
Plex Media server
Additional apps supported
10