Seagate knows that consumer interest in portable SSDs is on the rise, and so has its portfolio. Today we have the new Seagate One Touch SSD for review, which is relatively affordable and quite stylish. It’s positioned as a tech lifestyle device, and targets people who don’t necessarily need the best possible speed, but are looking for something better than a typical portable hard drive.
For anyone who hasn’t tried an SSD before, the difference compared to a hard drive will be staggering and surprising. They are potentially several times faster than hard drives, but are much lighter, smaller, easier to carry and more reliable. Many people are happy to spend good money for these benefits.
With the increasing number of options in the market, will the Seagate One Touch SSD emerge as the one to buy? Read on to find out.
Seagate One Touch SSD (1TB) Design and Features
Seagate is definitely focusing on design with this model. The company has gone for a credit-card size, though despite claims that the device can be slipped into a wallet, it’s too thick for it. In fact, this drive is almost exactly the same size as the popular Samsung SSD T5, although very different in design.
There’s a distinctive textured fabric panel on top, and a fabric tab with the Seagate logo on one side. The 1TB version of this SSD is only available in white and black, but if you choose the 500GB version, there are special editions with blue, green, red, or gray camouflage prints. Additional artist versions for both capabilities are shown on Seagate’s US website, although these are not available here, and more designs are expected to arrive in the future.
For a device positioned as modern and fashionable, we’re quite surprised to see an older Micro-USB 3.0 port on the back, like most external hard drives still use. It’s not quite as convenient as the USB Type-C port we’ve come to expect on an SSD. The Seagate also doesn’t include a Type-C cable or adapter, so those with sleek Type-C-only laptops will have to buy their own adapter.
The included USB cable is short but braided at 20cm. If it were to match the fabric on the SSD itself, Seagate could at least go with matching white or gray. The bottom of the unit is textured so it doesn’t slide around easily, and the edges are rounded so you can stash this device in a pocket without hassle. It’s also pretty light at just 59g.
Seagate’s main push with this SSD model, and where it gets its ‘One Touch’ name, is its “continuous auto backup” functionality. The company says the ‘Sync Plus’ software is freely downloadable on its website, though we couldn’t find it easily – an installer or web shortcut on the drive would have been helpful. It turns out that we need to find and download the Seagate Toolkit, which is a part of Sync Plus.
Users should note that there is a big difference between file syncing and file backup. The Sync Plus function, as its name suggests, keeps copies of selected files or folders synced to a single folder on the One Touch SSD. This means that all file changes, including deletions, are reflected immediately, so data is not backed up in a true sense – for example, you cannot recover old versions of files.
However, the software immediately moves the deleted files to an ‘archive’ folder instead of mirroring the deletion, so you can potentially recover from some common crashes or mistakes that lead to data loss. The mirror is also protected when the drive is unplugged, and you can choose between one-way and two-way syncing, meaning your original files are never replaced by the mirror.
Seagate also offers a one-year subscription to Mylio Create, an online photo storage and management tool. You get support for up to four computers and unlimited mobile devices, with a maximum limit of 50,000 photos. Seagate says it costs $50 (about Rs 3,575) and will cost the same to renew your account after a year. One Touch SSD buyers can get two months of Adobe Creative Cloud’s photography plan (which only includes Lightroom and Photoshop) for free.
Seagate One Touch SSD (1TB) Specifications and Performance
What matters most to an SSD is speed, and Seagate One Touch SSDs are rated for data transfers of up to 400 Mbps, which refers to sequential speeds. The company hasn’t published any further details about the performance of the drive. The warranty period is three years.
Our 1TB unit was formatted using the ExFAT file system with 931.51GB of usable space. If you intend to use Time Machine to backup on Mac, you will need to reformat or partition it. We would have liked hardware or software encryption, but it’s not a native feature.
We ran our tests using our standard test bench built from an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wifi motherboard, 2x8GB G.skill DDR4 RAM, a 1TB Samsung SSD 860 Evo boot drive, a Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon. RX 590 graphics card, and a Corsair RM650 power supply.
CrystalDiskmark actually showed us a score that technically surpassed Seagate’s claim of 400 Mbps by a fair margin. Sequential read and write speeds measured 439.7MBps and 309.9MBps, respectively. Of course this best-case scenario represents usage situations. A more accurate stat to consider is the drive’s random read and write speeds, which were 136.6 Mbps and 21.94 Mbps, respectively.
That’s actually great performance, compared to some similarly priced portable SSDs we’ve seen recently, like the WD My Passport Go and the Adata SD600Q. Keep in mind that these figures may not be the same for the 500GB version.
The Anvil performance benchmarks reported 1,218.89 and 453.46 reads and writes, respectively, for a total of 1,672.36. It matches the same pattern, the performance is much stronger when it comes to read than write.
Overall, we like the Seagate One Touch SSD. It’s quite portable and looks good, and the performance is pretty strong too. However, we can’t really understand the decision not to use USB Type-C. It seems as though Seagate is targeting mainstream users, who may be ready to upgrade from a spinning hard drive with its otherwise premium status.
The Samsung SSD T5 is still better in terms of sheer performance, and Seagate even offers its own fast SSD model if that’s your priority. Both these options use USB Type-C and come with Type-A as well as Type-C cables. They are also not very expensive.
The Seagate One Touch SSD is currently priced quite well, especially the 1TB model that sells online for under Rs. 10,000 (although prices seem to fluctuate significantly). There’s also a slightly lower-priced model called the Seagate Expansion SSD that doesn’t bundle Fabric Design Touch or the software, but is rated for speeds of 400 Mbps.
Price (MOP): Rupee. Rupee. 6,799 (500GB); Rupee. 9,350 (1 TB)
- useful software bundle
- compact and stylish
- good performance
- Micro-USB plug and cable; no type-c adapter
- Display: 4
- Value for money: 4
- Overall: 4