Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt
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.
Works with Mac or Windows computers (comes formatted for Mac, but can be reformatted for Windows), - Has both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, - Comes with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables, - Lightweight and small - easy to carry in your bag, - Bus-
Excellent speeds on both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 and neat design.
Speedy performance over both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, Cables for both interfaces included in the box
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
Some price premium, No Thunderbolt passthrough.
Doesn't seem to operate at true Thunderbolt speeds, - Can get hot during use
Relatively slow hard drive doesn't take advantage of Thunderbolt so both USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt speeds are identical.
Twice as expensive as many non-Thunderbolt USB 3.0 drives of same capacity
By TweakTown on August 22, 2013
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...90
By Maximum PC on June 06, 2013
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...60
By HEXUS.net on February 14, 2013
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...70
By StorageReview on December 03, 2012
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 November 20, 2012
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...80
By CNET Australia on November 15, 2012
Buffalo's MiniStation Thunderbolt supports both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, but the latter provides no advantage and adds considerable...60
By PC Mag on September 24, 2012
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...80
By Expert Reviews on September 17, 2012
Thunderbolt seems overkill for a 5,400RPM disk, although it may find a niche with Apple...60
By The Gadgeteer on August 27, 2012
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 August 16, 2012
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...-