Summary: Now for the bad news: This drive costs $200 for 500GB, which is wildly expensive since you can get a Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB drive that is just as fast as the MiniStation for just $110. Thunderbolt could one day be the bitchin’ interface we’re all using, but for now it’s too exotic and overpriced compared to USB 3.0.
Pros: Thunderbolt cable is included; chassis seems rugged.
Cons: Too expensive; Thunderbolt provides zero speed benefit over USB; 3-year warranty; no software.
MiniStation Thunderbolt hampered by disk mechanism
15 August 2012
Excerpt: (2 items) Buffalo Technology’s MiniStation Thunderbolt drive is a plug-and-play, portable, external hard drive that boasts both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. The MiniStation comes pre-formatted for Mac and is Time Machine compatible, so backing up your data is a breeze; take note however, that Thunderbolt is only compatible with OS X 10.6 and later, whereas USB can be used with OS X 10.5 and later. The drive comes in two capacities, 500GB ($200) and 1TB ($240).
Pros: Pre-formatted for Mac, Includes Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables, Bus-powered
Cons: Only one Thunderbolt and one USB port, Unimpressive data transfer speeds