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Buffalo MiniStation Plus review

1TB of USB 3.0 storage in this slim external hard drive

Our Verdict

For

  • Strong build
  • High capacity
  • Shock-proof design
  • Small

Against

  • Still quite bulky
  • Slow read and write speeds compared to other USB 3.0 drives

The Buffalo MiniStation Plus is a very impressive external hard drive, considering it has capacity to hold 1TB of data in such a small case. It might not be quite as slim as the Seagate GoFlex Slim, but it holds lots more files.

Although it's small, the reason why it isn't quite as tiny as its ultra-thin competitors is that it has a shock-proof chassis.

Due to its small size and large capacity, there's a good chance that you'll be carrying a lot of your important files and documents around on it, so its sturdy build quality is very welcome.

Unlike some USB 3.0 external hard drives, the Buffalo MiniStation Plus doesn't use a Solid State Drive, opting for a more old-fashioned 5,400RPM hard disk. This means that it lags quite a bit behind SSD-based external hard drives when it comes to speed, with write speeds of around 44MB/s in our tests.

The software that comes with the Buffalo MiniStation Plus promises to speed things up, but we found that it made little difference.

Verdict

In our tests, using a 5,400RPM hard disk fails to make the most of the USB 3.0 connection's potential.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyMiniStation Plus
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameBuffalo
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity1 TB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Height19.1 mm
Width82 mm
Depth118.1 mm
ColourBlack
Product SeriesPlus
ManufacturerBuffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product ModelHD-PNTU3
Product NameMiniStation Plus HD-PNTU3 Hard Drive
Product LineMiniStation
Manufacturer Part NumberHD-PNT1.0U3BB-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Marketing Information

MiniStation Plus offers high performance USB 3.0 portable storage in a compact and lightweight shock proof chassis. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac, providing interface speeds up to 5 Gbps.

MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and it's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source; simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. With available 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can easily protect your data from unwanted access by simply assigning a password. Store, back up and transport your content with SuperSpeed plug and play connectivity.

Weight (Approximate)14.2 g