Look, we've all been there -- you cruise home to hang with mom and pops, and one of the two asks if they can see those vacation images you took of the grandkids last month. "They're on my hard drive at home," you reply. Weeping commences, and your mum in particular scolds you for not "getting with the program" and "investing in a NAS drive." It's about time you listened, don'tcha think? Buffalo does, as it has just revealed a trio of new LinkStation drives (Pro, Pro Duo, Pro Quad) in the V-series ranging from 1TB to 8TB in size. The whole family looks mighty stylish for a Buffalo, and they're all eager and willing to stream to DLNA-certified devices (hello, PS3 and Xbox 360!). The company claims that all three members -- which sport a 1.6GHz CPU -- can hit transfer speeds up to 76MB/sec, and a gratis WebAccess app enables you to pull up those images for gramps with your iPhone or iPad. The whole lot is available now starting at $189.99 (topping out at a whopping $1,039.99), and given that we both know you've know been schooled... well, let's just say a new level of expectations have been set. Don't blow it.
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Buffalo Recharges the LinkStation Family with the LinkStation V-Series Line

New High Performance NAS Solutions Protect, Share and Manage Digital Assets

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced a refresh on the highly popular LinkStation™ network storage family, representing the highest performing generation of Buffalo's consumer orientated NAS solutions. The new high performance V-Series line consisting of LinkStation Pro, LinkStation Pro Duo and LinkStation Pro Quad, is based on industry-leading storage technologies, containing data management, remote access and content sharing features that make it the ideal NAS solution for the home or small business user.

"Protecting and managing digital content has always been a time consuming task for home and small business users," said Ralph Spagnola, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. "With the new LinkStation V-Series family, users access and share their data twice as fast that they would with a standard NAS device."

Each member of the new LinkStation V-Series family utilizes a 1.6 GHz processor, giving users unbeatable performance with network transfer speeds up to 76 MB/s, over twice the speed of competing network hard drives and significantly faster than USB 2.0 storage solutions. The dual drive LinkStation Pro Duo and the four drive LinkStation Pro Quad feature RAID redundancy for data protection and user removable quick swap hard drives for simple drive servicing without the need for tools. In addition, the LinkStation V-Series family can perform scheduled backups to an external USB hard drive or any other Buffalo NAS device, providing an exact copy of your data for an extra level of data protection or disaster recovery preparation.

Combined with the recently announced free WebAccess i app for Apple iPod touch® and iPhone® and WebAccess i HD app for iPad®, the new high performance LinkStation V-Series family revolutionizes how digital content is shared and consumed. These new apps provide iPhone and iPad users an easy and convenient way to access and stream digital content from a Buffalo NAS solution directly to their Apple mobile devices. With a simple setup and intuitive interface, Buffalo's newly redesigned WebAccess feature allows users to easily stream digital content stored on any Buffalo network storage solution from anywhere in the world via a Web browser, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The new Buffalo LinkStation V-Series family is DLNA CERTIFIED ™ for simple streaming to any DLNA compatible media device, including Sony PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360®. Plus, the LinkStation family supports seamless integration with iTunes®, allowing the application to access to music and movie files stored on the server. The LinkStation V-Series family also supports Apple Time Machine® for easy backup and Apple Bonjour®, making it well suited for Mac® environments. For Windows® environments, the LinkStation V-Series family is equipped with NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials for a powerful, yet easy-to-use backup solution.

Pricing and Availability

The Buffalo LinkStation V-Series family is backed by a limited one-year warranty that includes toll-free 24/7 technical support.

* The LinkStation Pro is available immediately at estimated street prices of $189.99 for the 1 TB (LS-V1.0TL) and $259.99 for the 2 TB (LS-V2.0TL).
* The LinkStation Pro Duo is available in late October at estimated street prices of $259.99 for the 2 TB (LS-WV2.0TL/R1) and $449.99 for the 4 TB (LS-WV4.0TL/R1).
* The LinkStation Pro Quad will be available in November at estimated street prices of $269.99 for the 2 TB (LS-QV2.0TL/R5), $579.99 for the 4 TB (LS-QV4.0TL/R5), $899.99 for the 6 TB (LS-QV6.0TL/R5) $1039.99 for the 8 TB and (LS-QV8.0TL/R5).


Buffalo products can be purchased through distribution, online resellers and Buffalo's ecommerce website. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company's web site at www.buffalotech.com.