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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

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The best external storage devices of 2020

Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External DriveWe all know the hassle of having a slow computer with almost-full memory. Hard drives have been around since the beginning of the computing era, but they’ve transformed into devices we’ve never seen before. Modern SSDs are smaller, cheaper, and..

Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External DriveWe all know the hassle of having a slow computer with almost-full memory. Hard drives have been around since the beginning of the computing era, but they’ve transformed into devices we’ve never seen before. Modern SSDs are smaller, cheaper, and..Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive

We all know the hassle of having a slow computer with almost-full memory. Hard drives have been around since the beginning of the computing era, but they’ve transformed into devices we’ve never seen before. Modern SSDs are smaller, cheaper, and way more powerful than before. Carrying your Instagram or YouTube videos with you in a hard drive is not a challenge anymore.

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But with so many options out there, which one should you go for? Should it be a compact, portable hard drive or a smart storage platform? We’ve sorted it for you in this roundup of some of the best external storage devices you can buy in 2020.

Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive

Give your storage a boost with the Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive. This portable SSD stores your files quickly wherever you are. With up to two terabytes of storage, this is one of the best external storage devices for keeping your data safe.

Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive
Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive with a Laptop
Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive
Seagate Fast SSD Compact Portable Hard Drive

Cubbit Secure Cloud Storage Hub

Keep your cloud data private with the Cubbit Secure Cloud Storage Hub. For no monthly fee, this safe hub turns any hard drive into a private cloud. This way, you can share files and sync from anywhere.

LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

Secure your data from bumps and tumbles with the LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive. This mini portable hard drive is durable, waterproof, and dustproof. It’s also compatible with USB 3.0.

LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive Outside
LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

iStorage diskAshur DT2 Encrypted Desktop Hard Drive

Guard your files with the iStorage diskAshur DT2 Encrypted Desktop Hard Drive. This device is hardware encrypted, so anyone who wants to open it will need a PIN. You’ll love the fast data transfer speed and easy operation.

iStorage diskAshur DT2 Encrypted Desktop Hard Drive

iStorage diskAshur DT2 Encrypted Desktop Hard Drive With a Laptop

WD My Book Duo External Storage Device

Expand your digital storage with the WD My Book Duo External Storage Device. This system provides an impressive 20 TB of storage and features a modern design that stands tall on your work desk.

WD My Book Duo External Storage Device

WD My Book Duo External Storage Device on a Desk

Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive

Another great item on our roundup of best external storage devices is the Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive. This small SSD works at high speed for video streaming and provides either a 500-gigabyte or a one-terabyte capacity.

Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive
Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive With a Backpack
Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive
Seagate One Touch SSD Tiny External Drive

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device

Store your important files on the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device. This system has a companion app that will also help you organize your documents, videos, photos, and more. And you’ll be able to give up to forty private members access.

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device
Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device Next to a Vase
Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device
Apollo Cloud 2 Duo Powerful Storage Device

LaCie Portable 2TB USB-C SSD

You’ll get plenty of storage with the LaCie Portable 2TB USB-C SSD. With 2TB capacity, this lightweight SSD lets you edit directly from the external drive. The 540 Mbps makes it quick and easy to manage your files.

Amber Smart Storage Platform

Access your files from anywhere with the Amber Smart Storage Platform. This device boasts an all-in-one design that easily stores your files locally and allows you to access them remotely.

Amber Smart Storage Platform
Amber Smart Storage Platform Next to a TV
Amber Smart Storage Platform
Amber Smart Storage Platform

Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD

Another of our best external storage devices, the Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD, gives you the space and speed you need. This hard drive transfers data at up to 140 Mbps. Its design is also pretty cool and can handle your real-world activities.

Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD
Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD on a Workspace
Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD
Western Digital WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive External HDD

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra-Slim Portable Hard Drive

If you need an external storage device that’s portable, look no further than the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive. Weighing fewer than five ounces and measuring less than half an inch thick, this thin hard drive is easy to take anywhere.

Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive

One of our best external storage devices for your adventurous lifestyle is the Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive. This compact hard drive has three layers of shock-resistant material and can stand up to rain and dust.

Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive
Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive with a Person Outdoors
Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive
Western Digital G-Technology ArmorATD Rugged Portable Hard Drive

Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD

You’ll be able to back up and retrieve your files quickly with the Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD. Both the one- and two-terabyte editions deliver an impressive write speed of up to 2,300 Mbps.

Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD

Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD on a Desk

RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive

Transfer your data unbelievably fast with the RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive. This portable hard drive transfers data at 540 Mbps and has a shock-proof and scratch-resistant case.

RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive
RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive on a Laptop
RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive
RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive

iStorage diskAshur PRO2 Secure Hard Drive

The iStorage diskAshur PRO2 Secure Hard Drive is another great option on our roundup of the best external storage devices. This storage device unlocks with a unique PIN, and its 256-bit encryption has military-grade approval.

iStorage diskAshur PRO2 Secure Hard Drive

iStorage diskAshur PRO2 Secure Hard Drive With a Laptop on a White Desk

So, which of these best external storage devices of 2020 do you think you’ll be adding to your tech collection? I’m all about the RAVPower Mini External Portable SSD Hard Drive. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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