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Buffalo MiniStation Series
7.4 out of 10

Buffalo MiniStation Series

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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
13 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Buffalo's speedy MiniStation portable hard drive complements MacBooks nicely and includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces on the same drive, but it's not significantly faster using either interface versus the other.
  • Pros: Speedy performance over both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, Cables for both interfaces included in the box
  • Cons: Twice as expensive as many non-Thunderbolt USB 3.0 drives of same capacity
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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Review - An External with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

AnandTech
28 October 2011
  • Conclusion: The first Thunderbolt peripherals were primarily aimed at the very high end, as they were usually either RAID or JBOD solutions, with either a number of HDDs or SSDs and first generation Thunderbolt controllers.
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Overall 4
4.0

The best portable hard drives

Macworld
30 July 2011
  • Summary: If you're paying for a Thunderbolt drive you're probably going to be expecting some decent performance from the drive, however the 5400 RPM drive in the MiniStation Thunderbolt from Buffalo Technology makes it feel like a waste.
  • Pros: Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections, Slim form factor, Fast USB 3.0 speeds, Super slim and light, Fast AJA read and write speeds, Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, Small and light, Fast (internal SATA 6Gbps interface), USB 3.0 external interface, with cable, SSD version is very light, Large capa...
  • Cons: Bulky and heavy, Internal 5400 RPM drive slows drive to a crawl, Small drive capacity, Small capacity, Speeds never get close to Thunderbolt, Gets hot with rapid reading and writing, SSD version is expensive for its capacity, RAID 0 can increase potential failure rate, Heavier than single drive o...
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Overall 6
6.0

Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
10 June 2010
  • Summary: While currently there are few USB 3.0 hard drives on the market--and even fewer notebooks that can use them--there are enough to compare, and sadly, the $139 Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt doesn't measure up.
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Buffalo MiniStation Metro 250GB USB Hard Drive

big bruin
27 October 2009
  • Summary: If you are looking for a semi-rugged portable hard drive, the MiniStation Metro is well worth checking out. The attached USB cable makes sure that you always have a cable on hand, while the included extension cable helps when the six inch cable is not enough.
  • Pros: » Small, portable, and semi-rugged, » USB cable self-storage, » 256Bit AES Encryption; Encryption Core certified by NIST, » Powered via USB, » TurboUSB is FAST, » Good performance with/without TurboUSB, » Included matching USB extension cable, » SecureLockManagerEasy keeps prying eyes out
  • Cons: » Attached USB cable is short, » No secure erase option upon entering incorrect password, » TurboUSB not currently compatible with Windows 7
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
12 September 2008
  • Excerpt: The Buffalo MiniStation DataVault is as rugged as any road warrior. If you don’t mind some unpolished edges, it’s a fine portable storage device for carrying around sensitive data that uses hardware-based encryption.
  • Pros: Shock-absorbing case, DC power through USB, Mac-compatible, Good performance, Built-in data encryption, Easy to use
  • Cons: Software, setup process not as polished as it could be, TurboUSB feature wasn’t effective during testing
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Overall 7
7.0

Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB (120GB) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
11 July 2008
  • Summary: Encryption could be handled better, and we wish all of the necessary software was installed on the drive itself, but the MiniStation TurboUSB's quick read and write speeds make it a very good companion for those who need to transfer information quickly on the go.
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Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB review

Techworld
19 May 2008
  • Summary: Buffalo Technology's latest addition to its line of external USB storage devices is the MiniStation TurboUSB HD-PS series.
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Overall 8
8.0

Buffalo 320GB MiniStation TurboUSB Review

LAPTOP Magazine
21 April 2008
  • Summary: Encryption could be handled better, and we wish all of the necessary software was installed on the drive itself, but the MiniStation TurboUSB's quick read and write speeds make it a very good companion for those who need to transfer information quickly on the go.
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Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB 80 GB

thinkdigit.com
1 February 2008
  • Excerpt: The Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB 80 GB portable hard drive is in a new class of high-performance external hard drives featuring the TurboUSB function that claims to increase speed.
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