Buffalo MiniStation Slim USB 3.0 External 500GB Review


Buffalo, who are one of the brands by the global company Melco, are a family business founded in 1975 by Makoto Maki.  They specialise in storage, multi-media, wireless networking and are one of the market leaders in consumer NAS systems.

Today, I will be taking a look at a product from their storage range, namely, the MiniStation Slim 500GB USB 3.0 External HDD.  With an ever growing need for portable storage constantly growing and increasing, how will the Buffalo offering perform? Is it worth the £49 price tag?  Let’s find out, starting with some specifications…


Internal HDD

HDD Interface : SATA

Capacities : 500 GB

Number of Drives : 1


Standard Compliance : USB 3.0

Connector Type : Micro-B

Number of Ports : 1

Data Transfer Rate (brutto) : 5 Gbps


Client OS Support : Windows 8 (64-bit/32-bit), Windows® 7 (64-bit/32-bit), Windows Vista® (64-bit/32-bit),

Windows® XP (32-bit), Mac OS X® 10.5 or later

Dimensions : 79 x 8.8 x 115 mm

Weight : 140 g

Operating environment : 5-35°C, 20-80%  (Non-Condensing)

Power supply : USB powered

Optional accessory

IFC-EC2U3/UC2 Express card PC express card for notebooks with PC express interface to add USB 3.0 connection


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