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Seagate’s new Backup Plus Ultra Slim is their slimmest Terabyte drive yet

By Vijay Anand - on 7 Jan 2016, 12:40pm

Seagate’s new portable drives got slimmer and sport a new design ID

The new Seagatte Backup Plus Ultra Slim sports a new design ID and is offered in either gold or platinum colors.

Not too long ago, Seagate upped the drive storage capacity game for their desktop and portable drives. You might remember that we reviewed their Backup Plus 4TB portable drive recently.

Seagate continues the momentum with an all new line of drives that are designed to look fashionably good and are thinner than before. The new Backup Plus Ultra Slim (quite a mouthful), will soon be available in two capacity points, 1TB and 2TB options. Both drives are 9.6mm thin and utilize Seagate’s 7mm thin hard drives within. This is notably slimmer than their previous Backup Plus Slim at 12.1mm.

These new drives will also be among the first from Seagate to also bundle in 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage for further backup needs and complements the physical storage. You can never have enough storage these days, so we’ll gladly take up their offer (which has a value of U$95). In case you’re wondering, Seagate is offering two years of cloud storage. Beyond that, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee directly to Microsoft.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim sports a micro-USB 3.0 connector and is thankfully bundled with a suitable cable too. When you are travelling about and you forget to bring its respective data cable, you’ll be glad to know that the ubiquitous micro-USB 2.0 cable is backwards compatible and plugs into the drive’s micro-USB 3.0 connector without an issue. You get reduced transfer rates, but otherwise, the drive is completely usable. We did also ask Seagate why it doesn't sport a USB Type-C connector and they said it's squarely down to the costs associated since it's a very new connector type. Their premium branded LaCie drives however, will sport this new connector. In terms of compatibility with Mac systems, just download a Paragon driver that will allow cross-platform compatibility without reformatting.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim drives will go for US$99 and US$129 For the 1TB and 2TB drives respectively and will be available in retail sometime after next month.

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