Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt

  • Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt
74
Based on 14 scores, 19 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    4

Pros:

  • Thunderbolt cable is included; chassis seems rugged.
  • Can be supremely fast, Excellent build quality, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0ready
  • Thunderbolt and USB 3,0 without adapters, Includes USB and Thunderbolt cables, Safety circuitry for USB and Thunderbolt connectors.

Cons:

  • Too expensive; Thunderbolt provides zero speed benefit over USB; 3year warranty; no software.
  • Feels expensive; should be below £150, SSD writing speed isn't the best

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...

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 StorageReview on

The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB is is a low-cost physically attractive middle-of-the-road drive that features both state-of-the-art peripheral interfaces. Format the drive as an NTFS volume and it makes for a good drive for passing large...

By Macworld UK 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 PC Mag on 80

Since a significant portion of Apple's MacBook line now uses lower capacity flash storage, you'll need a place to put your large media files. The Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt has a price premium over a plain USB 3.0 drive, but you'll get...

By Expert Reviews on 60

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

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...

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.com 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,...

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 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...

International Review By Digital Living on 83

Die Festplatte von Buffalo ist nicht nur ansehnlich, sondern auch mit den neusten Anschlüssen bestückt. Was sie leistet, verrät unser Test.» Günstig kaufen: Buffalo MiniStation ThunderboltDer Markt für...

International Review By Macworld France on 90

Vendu environ 170 euros dans sa version 500 Go et 215 euros dans sa version 1 To, le MiniStation Thunderbolt HDD est un bon disque dur externe offrant les deux interfaces les plus rapides et les plus communes aujourd'hui sur les Mac. L'interface...

International Review By Blogue de Geek on 90

Pour un prix d’environ 200$, vous obtenez un disque assez véloce qui vous offrira de très bonnes performances, et la flexibilité du choix de l’interface pour votre ordinateur présent et futur. Avec des vitesses...

International Review By 01Net on 60

Le MiniStation Thunderbolt offre de très bonnes performances en USB 3.0 et en Thunderbolt. Mais il est très cher et livré sans logiciel....

International Review By hardwarezone.com.sg on 65

Since the introduction of USB 3.0 in 2008, there have been a slew of portable 2.5-inch, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 based storage drives that offer a variety capacity points while offering transmission speeds up to a maximum of 5Gbps, which can give you up to...