The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable is more than just a portable hard drive – it’s the basis of a versatile storage system that offers huge capacity and many user-changeable connection standards, including USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. In tests, the 1.5TB Seagate had incredibly quick performance, nigh-on 100MBps with USB 3.0, and it was one of the fastest FireWire 800 drives we’ve tested. It can be easily connected to any PC via any port. Simple, yet incredibly effective.

Best Portable Storage Device 2012: The runners-up

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable

About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See for details on our other award winners