Seagate is back with another round of themed Special Edition Firecuda external HDDs, just in time for the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Disney+. The company has just released a brand new set of Black Panthers-themed external storage drives featuring Black Panther, Okoye, and Shuri.
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Our Seagate FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD review looks at an external HDD with Black Panthers
“King of Wakanda” artwork, features RGB lighting, support for Razer Synapse, and includes data recovery. Read on for our full review!
NOTE: if you’ve read our previous Seagate Firecuda external HDD reviews, this will be pretty similar aside from the Design section as the actual drive performance and specifications haven’t changed. If you haven’t, we’ve included that same information here so you don’t have to go looking for it!
The Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD we reviewed has the following features and specifications:
- This external hard drive is inspired by the universe of Black Panthers.
- Light up the atmosphere with built-in, customizable LED RGB lighting.
- Works with PC, Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox.
- A bold design to complement the Marvel™-themed collection in your office, living room, or gaming battle station.
- With up to 2TB of capacity, you can capture a wealth of games, files and media.
- Lightweight design makes it easy to take the whole library on the road.
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 is bus-powered for simple plug-and-play compatibility and less clutter.
- Enjoy peace of mind with our industry-leading 1-year warranty and 1-year Rescue
- Data Recovery Services.
- Four designs to choose from:
- Seagate FireCuda King of Wakanda (Walmart exclusive)
- Seagate FireCuda Black Panther
- Seagate FireCuda Okoye
- Seagate FireCuda Shuri
- Dimensions: 14.5 x 80 x 122.5mm (0.57 x 3.15 x 4.82″)
- Weight: 167g (0.368lb)
What’s in the box
- King of Wakanda Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 cables
- Quick Start Guide
- Rescue Data Recovery Services
- Seagate Gaming Stickers
- Black Panthers Stickers
The Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD is pretty standard fare when it comes to external hard drives. Enclosed in a dark blue plastic outer shell with hard edges and corners, the drive is just over 1/2-inch thick, about 3 inches wide and just over 4 3/4 inches in length. The Seagate wordmark is stamped into the lower right corner while the FireCuda logo is stamped in the upper left.
The drive sits on a lilac purple plate, which creates a bit of a recessed groove above it. Within this recessed groove is where the customizable front RGB LED sits. Given the design, I would have expected the LEDs to wrap around all four sides, but alas, it is only present on the front edge. Finally, the back of the drive is where you’ll find the USB 3.2 Gen 1 micro-B port.
Where it does differ, though, from other FireCuda external HDDs is in the artwork. Our Walmart-exclusive review unit came adorned with the King of Wakanda himself, T’challa (aka Black Panther) sitting on his throne. Darker in color, the hints of purple and magenta tie in nicely with the default magenta RGB LED. On the front of the drive, above the LED bar, the words BLACK PANTHER are printed in a slightly lighter blue, finishing the look. The bottom of the drive is the same purple as the bottom lip and has a slightly raised Wakanda Forever printed in a darker purple on it. The pictures online don’t really do it justice, and the artwork really finishes off the look and feel of this Black Panthers-inspired drive.
As mentioned above, there are three other design options available: a similar-colored Black Panther, a similar-colored Shuri, and an orange and yellow Okoye drive.
Ease of Use
Like most external hard drives, the Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD is as easy to use as plugging it into an available USB-A port on your Windows or Mac desktop or laptop computer. For best performance, you will want to use a USB-A 3.1 port with the SS logo. After you’ve done that, it should show up with its own drive letter, and you can then access it and use it as additional storage.
When plugging in the Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD to a USB-A port on a Windows or Mac computer, you can browse the contents of the drive. For Windows, there is a Start_Here_Win.exe, and for Mac, it’s a Start_Here_Mac. app folder. Launching the Windows app opens up your browser window where you can register your drive and sign up for the included three years of Rescue Data Recovery Services from Seagate.
While you can use the drive without it, you may want to head over to Seagate’s website and download the Seagate Toolkit for Windows or macOS. With this app, you’ll be able to use tools including Backup, Mirror, Sync Plus, Seagate Secure, and manage your RGB and Status LEDs. Unlike other Windows apps with a horizontal rectangular or square window, this one has a vertical, phone-like orientation. It is pretty simple to use.
The top tab shows how much free space you have on the drive. In our case, 1.8TB is free on the 2TB drive formatted in the exFAT file system. Clicking this tab lets you toggle the status LED, back up to the drive, mirror to the drive, or access the RGB lighting customizations. Back from the main interface, you can access the backup, restore, mirror, and RGB features as well. The backup, restore, and mirror options are pretty straightforward functions and easy to set up.
Under the RGB tab, you can set it to Solid, Blink, Breathe, Spectrum, or set up three custom configurations using the FireCuda RGB settings. A default Rainbow Pattern exists as well with Static, Breathe, Blink, and Slide options. You can adjust the speed as well as the brightness. In addition, you can toggle the LED light to sleep when your display goes to sleep. Finally, you can also enable Razer Synapse 3.x support to sync it with your Razer devices. Once enabled, you’ll need to install the Chroma Connect module in Razer Synapse, after which you can sync the FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive with your other Razer-compatible devices.
When it comes to gaming, performance is key. However, being an HDD instead of an SSD, we didn’t expect much going into our usual tests. Just a quick note, make sure you are plugging this into a USB SS port to maximize your speeds.
|AS SSD Seq Read||129.31MB/s|
|AS SSD Seq Write||123.15MB/s|
|ATTO Disk Benchmark Seq Read (max)||129.34MB/s|
|ATTO Disk Benchmark Seq Write (max)||130.39MB/s|
|CrystalDiskMark 8 Seq Read (Q8T1)||137.21MB/s|
|CrystalDiskMark 8 Seq Write (Q8T1)||136.68MB/s|
As you can see, these speeds are pretty low, even for an HDD drive which can top out at around 200MB/s for read/write performance. For file transfers, the drive doesn’t do too badly, clocking in at about 20 seconds to transfer a 2GB file from an internal SSD to the external HDD and vice versa. This is definitely a storage drive, however, and you won’t want to be installing games to it to run off of as you will be increasing your load times quite significantly over an internal drive, especially given it’s likely an internal SSD or NVMe drive at this point.
Based on the drive’s performance, it’s definitely suitable for storing those extra games you’re not currently playing, but you’ll want to transfer those to your internal SSD or NVMe drive when you do want to play them.
The Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD retails for $109.99 with 2TB of capacity. Given the pricing of external hard drives these days, this one is on the pricey side. In fact, the non-Black Panthers Seagate Portable 2TB drive is only $79.99, so you’re paying a $30 premium here for the Black Panthers artwork — which is pretty slick, to be honest. On that note, the Black Panther, and Okoye drives are currently selling for $99.99 each on Amazon. Unfortunately, the Shuri drive isn’t on sale at the time of this review.
It also comes with one year of Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services (down from three with previous drives), so if you’re worried about the data you’re storing on it, that’s always a bonus. Sure it’s cool and all having a small RGB LED on the front that syncs with the rest of your system, but if you are using it just for storage, there are more affordable options out there.
While there are more affordable external HDDs for storage out there, the Seagate Gaming FireCuda Black Panthers-inspired HDD does offer some cool Black Panthers artwork, RGB lighting, and data recovery services should the drive fail. If you’re all about the RGBs, need extra storage for your gaming system, love Black Panthers, and have money to spare, you should check out this drive. Not to mention, they’ll make a great gift for that Black Panthers fan in your life.
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Last Updated on February 4, 2023.
Seagate FireCuda Black Panther Special Edition HDD
- Great Black Panther inspired design
- Portable size/weight
- Great for use as a storage drive
- Razer Synapse compatible
- Easy to use software for backup, restore and mirroring
- Includes one year of Rescue Data Recovery Services
- Slow transfer speeds compared to SSD
- Only has front RGB LED strips
- Pricier than other options without Black Panther artwork
- Only includes one year of Rescue Data Recovery Services (down from three)