Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt

82
Global
Score
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

The dual-interface Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt gets blazing speeds using either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, and is a great drive to get if you have a Mac laptop that includes Thunderbolt but not USB 3.0. It's priced well below other portable Thunderbolt drives, includes a Thunderbolt cable (something Apple charges $50 for), and is a handy way to share large files between a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac and USB 3.0-capable PC. However, now that Apple has added USB 3.0 to its latest laptops, and given that very few Windows computers support Thunderbolt, owners of recent Mac laptops and Windows PCs looking for fast mobile storage should also consider less expensive USB 3.0-only drives like the Seagate Backup Plus Portable, which is available in a 1TB version for about $109, vs. $250 for the MiniStation Thunderbolt.

from $173.99+

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Breakdown

Portability
8.0
Durability
8.0
Speed
8.4
Design and form factor
7.3
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Specs

MiniStation

Type
Portable hard drive
Storage space
500 GB
Drive type
Platter
USB
yes
FireWire / 1394
no
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Specs

MiniStation

Type
Portable hard drive
Storage space
500 GB
Drive type
Platter
USB
yes
FireWire / 1394
no
View Full Specs
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