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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. Unless you really need both connections, a USB 3.0-only drive at about half the price is a better value.
  • 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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Overall 7
7.0

Buffalo Tech MiniStation Cobalt

CNET
6 November 2011
  • Summary: The MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 makes a great storage addition to a laptop computer that already has support or USB 3.0.
  • Pros: The Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 is a fast, compact, and good-looking USB 3.0 portable hard drive. Out of the box, it's compatible with both PCs and Macs.
  • Cons: The Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 doesn't support FireWire or eSATA and doesn't come with an add-in USB 3.0 card. Out of the box, it can't handle files larger than 4GB, and its included software is rather useless. Buffalo has only a one-year warranty for it.
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Overall 8
8.0

Buffalo's MiniStation Thunderbolt drive loves USB 3.0 ports, too

CNET
6 November 2011
  • Summary: Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device.
  • Pros: The bus-powered and affordable Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 drive offers fast performance via both Thunderbolt and USB and includes both a USB and a Thunderbolt cable.
  • Cons: The Buffalo MiniStation comes with just one Thunderbolt port.
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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. Those eyeing a portable external storage device with more intuitive security options will find solace in the less expensive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini or the comparably priced Western Digital My Passport Essential .
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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. Those eyeing a portable external storage device with more intuitive security options will find solace in the less expensive Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini or the comparably priced Western Digital My Passport Elite.
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Overall 8
8.3

Buffalo MiniStation Air HDW-PU3

PC Pro
27 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Wireless access adds versatility, and the Buffalo isn't particularly slow - but the price is a tad high
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Overall 7
7.0

Buffalo MiniStation Plus review

TechRadar UK
9 September 2011
  • Summary: 1TB of USB 3.0 storage in this slim external hard drive
  • Pros: Strong build, High capacity, Shock-proof design, Small
  • Cons: Still quite bulky, Slow read and write speeds compared to other USB 3.0 drives
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Overall 8
8.0

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt

MacWorld
27 May 2011
  • Conclusion: The MiniStation Thunderbolt performs well, but like all Thunderbolt drives it is very expensive and many people may prefer to opt for a more affordable USB 3.0 drive instead. However, it’s a good option for people who require a fast, portable drive that they can carry around with their laptop.
  • Pros: Fast and compact portable drive, with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface
  • Cons: Expensive; no bundled software
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 7
6.7
Features 8
8.3
Performance 8
8.3

Buffalo MiniStation Lite

PC Pro
13 October 2010
  • Conclusion: The price is high, but it's a small drive, and for a portable drive it's fast even by USB 3 standards
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