Everything is bigger today. How many of you with 16GB iPhones curse the heavens when your Camera Roll fills up your storage capacity? Game console owners stuck with a 500GB internal hard drive? Yes, we do have an external drive sitting by the Xbox One.

Or the budding photographer that has a stack of SD cards and an iMac filled with drone and RAW+JPG photos. Yep, welcome to storage hell.

Seagate is answering the call of high-capacity but portable external hard drives with their Backup Plus line. It’s your choice between slim (lower capacity) or fast (still slim but file transfers are snappy).

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim

Lack organizational skills? A couple of Seagate Ultra Slims are the answer. Each is an absurd 9.6mm thin and come in flashy platinum or gold colors. The line is available in 1TB and 2TB and sure to impress on other customers at Starbucks you’re actually working. Or watching various movies you’ve collected.

Pricing ranges from $69 for the 1TB model (pick your color) or $85 for 2TB. New or old math says the 2TB is the better deal. Quick note for Mac users – the drive does require reformatting. We’re used to that, but if you are switching for the holidays, it’s something to be aware of.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Gold or Platinum not your style? You’re in my camp. External storage drives are meant to be tossed in a bag, not a fashion statement. The Seagate Slim is still thin – 12.1mm thick – and the color selection is more subdued. Pick between 1TB or 2TB in red, blue, silver or black. Pricing is slightly cheaper with the 1TB priced at $60 and the 2TB at $80.

Seagate Backup Plus Portable

The portable drive that wants second dinner. Tired of the myriad of external hard drives or maybe my New Year’s Resolution is dedicated drives for the drones, cameras and gaming? It’s this model that heads into the 5TB territory. Yes, it’s thicker at 20.35mm thick, but would you rather buy two of the Slim or one Portable drive? Comes down to choice and the 4TB model is priced at $120.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Ok, Seagate needs to admit they really didn’t give a damn on the names. Talk about the ultimate in keep it simple. Fast is exactly what it says. 4TB of storage taking full advantage of USB 3.0. If you’re like me, speed matters. 120MB/s or 220MB/s? It’s not a debate in my house. Give me speed over the extra storage. At a price of $180, you’re paying for the speed. It’s a bit thicker than the Portable model and only comes in black.

Which model is for you comes down to personal choice, but stick with the 2TB and above models to maximize value.

Gear. TV. Movies. Lifestyle. Photography. Yeah, I’m the type who sees a shiny object and is immediately captivated. Wait... There’s another. You can reach me at marcus@newsledge.com

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