Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt (500GB) comparison

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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt (500GB)

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt (500GB)
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Price $233 at 1 store $75 at 1 store $192 to $279 at 6 stores $199 to $239 at 4 stores $183 at 1 store
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 1.0 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one! 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date June 24, 2012 September 18, 2012 June 24, 2012 September 24, 2012 June 11, 2012
The Bottom Line Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device. Thanks to its compact physical size and bundled software, the WD My Passport Edge is a very good companion for mobile users. Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device. Fast, flexible, rugged, and affordable, the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt is one of the best high-end portable drives on the market. Seagate Backup Plus carries the flexibility of the GoFlex portable drive while adding performance and style to portable storage. The new drive makes an excellent buy.

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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
Spindle Speed Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 5400 rpm
Info unavailable
Localization Info unavailable South America
North America
Info unavailable Info unavailable South America
North America
Enclosure Color Silver
Titanium
Silver
Info unavailable Blue
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.2 in x 0.9 in x 5.1 in
3.2 in x 4.3 in x 0.5 in
3.2 in x 0.9 in x 5.1 in
3.5 in x 5.5 in x 0.9 in
3.2 in x 0.6 in x 4.9 in
Capacity 500 GB
500 GB
1 TB
1 TB
500 GB
Power Source Thunderbolt bus
USB bus
USB bus
Thunderbolt bus
USB bus
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Features Apple Time Machine compatible
Aluminum enclosure
Bus Powered by USB
Password authentication
Hardware encryption
NTFS formatted
Automatic backup
Apple Time Machine compatible
Aluminum enclosure
Bus Powered by USB
Shock resistant , 256-bit AES
Rugged
Automatic backup
Interface USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt
USB 3.0
USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt
USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt
USB 3.0
Weight 9.3 oz
4.7 oz
9.3 oz
9.2 oz
7.9 oz
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty
3 years warranty
3 years warranty
2 years warranty
2 years warranty
Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps (Thunderbolt) / 5.0 Gbps (USB 3.0)
5.0 Gbps (USB 3.0)
10 Gbps (Thunderbolt) / 5.0 Gbps (USB 3.0)
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