The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt external hard drive boasts both a USB 3 and Thunderbolt port.
It is the first device to do so, allowing you to connect to either a Mac or Windows based computer. You can choose between a 500MB or 1TB hard drive pre-formatted with HFS+.
If you’re connecting to a Windows based pc you can easily reformat the hard drive with FAT32 or NTFS.
A stylish aluminum body helps to dissipate any heat and because it is bus powered no external power adapter is required. Ideal when looking for a portable drive, the less to carry around with you the better.
Because the Buffalo external hard drive doesn’t use an SSD it is bigger than other portable hard drives, but it’s still pretty compact. The dimensions are W 3.17 x H 5.12 x D 0.91 inches, weighing in at 9.28 ounces.
Performance is affected by the lack of a SSD but is still impressive as expected from a Thunderbolt hard drive.
Not expected is the inclusion of both a Thunderbolt and USB cable which is a big bonus considering the price of Thunderbolt cables.
Although capable of being part of a Thunderbolt daisy chain, there is no pass through capability so it would have to be the end device. Designed as a portable hard drive this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for most users.
With a three-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support, the Buffalo MiniStation is an affordable portable Thunderbolt external hard drive that has the added benefit of a USB 3 port.
The Buffalo Thunderbolt MiniStation is available from Amazon now: