Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD USB3/Thunderbolt HD-PA-TU3S

  • Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD USB3/Thunderbolt HD-PA-TU3S
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Based on 18 scores, 32 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    5
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    5

Pros:

  • Thunderbolt cable is included.
  • Chassis seems rugged.
  • Can be supremely fast.

Cons:

  • Too expensive.
  • Thunderbolt provides zero speed benefit over USB.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TweakTown on 90

With the invention of the Thunderbolt interface, portable storage solutions have begun to transition allowing for increased performance, and even more than what we saw from USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt interface allows for users of Macintosh computers the...

By Maximum PC on 60

PC users have been in a bit of a quandary about the new Thunderbolt interface from Intel. On the one hand, we’re all about maximum performance, so given its sizable speed advantage over USB 3.0, at least on paper, we’re eager to adopt it. On the...

By HardwareHeaven on

So it is always great when we see a portable drive that contains an SSD and uses USB 3.0, both of which should remove the USB 2.0 connector and mechanical drive bottlenecks which we regularly see. Thats where the MiniStaion SSD Edition enters, but...

By HardwareHeaven on

In the world of portable storage generally drives use USB 2.0, some use USB 3.0 and although they are an option products which use either eSATA and Firewire are much rarer. It is easy to understand why though, with USB being the most available...

By micromart.co.uk on 50

As you'd expect from the clean white exterior and Thunderbolt support, the Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt is a product aimed at Mac users. If there were any doubts, the fact that it arrives formatted for Macs dispels them. This presumably explains why...

By HEXUS.net on 70

Buffalo understands that getting the most out of portable external storage requires pairing a fast SSD with an enclosure sporting a Thunderbolt interface. The firm does precisely this with its MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD by housing a...

By Macworld UK on 80

It’s good to see Buffalo producing more products specifically for the Mac. Back in January we reviewed its MiniStation Thunderbolt, which was a neat little hard drive equipped with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces. This month they’ve come up...

By TechRadar AU on 70

Overall the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt is a decent Thunderbolt drive that performs well, but doesn't do enough to justify the upgrade if you're a PC user, thanks to the bottleneck created by using a standard hard drive. However, it is still a lot...

By Macworld Australia on 80

Thunderbolt drives are still pretty expensive but they are starting to become more common now, so hopefully the arrival of drives such as Buffalo’s new MiniStation Thunderbolt will help to bring prices down.The MiniStation Thunderbolt is a neatly...

By CNET Australia on 60

Buffalo's MiniStation Thunderbolt supports both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, but the latter provides no advantage and adds considerable...

By Expert Reviews on 60

Thunderbolt seems overkill for a 5,400RPM disk, although it may find a niche with Apple...

By X-bit Labs on

The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PA1.0TU3 has a lot of advantages to offer. It is compact, easy to use (no drivers, no power adapter), and versatile. It can work with Mac OC and Microsoft Windows computers equipped not only with the newest...

By The Gadgeteer on

All the Macs we have in our house have Thunderbolt ports on them that don’t really get used, because other than the Thunderbolt Display from Apple, there haven’t been a lot of Thunderbolt accessories on the market for general home use. I did do a...

By Chip Chick on

But before we get into the design of the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt drive, it's worth mentioning Seagate also makes a USB 3.0 portable hard drive with Thunderbolt support. But the Thunderbolt support is only available if you buy a bulky add-on...

By Techworld on

If you are looking for a portable, plug and play drive with the newest connectivity options, this drive has your name on it. If you have a late 2011 Mac with Thunderbolt, or a 2012 model that supports USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, this drive will be great...

By PCWorld India on

Buffalo Technologys 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...

By tbreak.ae on 80

There’s no doubt that the Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt is a very capable and very fast drive. The only downside, if you can consider it as such, is that the internal 2.5-inch drive is what actually limits the performance of Thunderbolt, so...

By AnandTech on

Back when Thunderbolt (then Intel Lightpeak) was optical, I was actively involved in covering the interface, partly out of professional curiosity due to my optical background, partly because I sincerely believe optical interfaces are an inevitable...

By techcrunch.com on

gadgets Reviewing a drive isn’t very exciting. What can you say? “It contains a storage medium, is small, and surprisingly light.” Thankfully, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt can add one important point to that litany of mundanity – a Thunderbolt...

By Computer Shopper on 70

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...