is a manufacturer of computer components with a focus on storage devices that has been in business since 1975. They have recently expanded their line up of external storage devices to offer more styles, features, and storage capacities. One of the newer releases is the MiniStation Metro; a compact, lightweight USB hard drive that offers features to protect your drive and the data on it.
For this review Buffalo Technology has provided a red 250GB unit, as shown in the promotional image above. Units are also available in white or black, and with capacities of 320GB, 500GB, and 750GB. Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, lets look at some published data on it, as taken from the official product page
on the Buffalo technology website.
» BumperBody™ Shock Protection:
Shock resistant protection elements surrounding the hard disk protect your data from damage
» Flex Connect Hidden USB Cable:
Scatter free! Removable, integrated USB cable snaps to chassis. Never lose your USB cable again.
» Hardware Disk Encryption:
Optional Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access
» E-Z Logon:
E-Z Logon can remember your password on your computer and log you on automatically
» Organize your Photos:
With Google Picasa®
» TurboUSB™ Performance:
Be more productive and copy files quicker using fast TurboUSB transfer rates
» USB Powered:
Great for your laptop! No external power supply needed
» Backup Software:
Backup your valued data with Memeo™ AutoBackup for Windows® and Macintosh®
» Time Machine™support:
Use the MiniStation Metro with Time Machine
» Personalize your Style:
Choose from Black, Red or White!
» Hard Drive Sizes: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB
» Standard Compliance: USB 2.0 / 1.1
» Connector Type: Mini B type
» Number of Ports Needed: 1
» Data Transfer Rates Max.: 480 Mbps
» Dimensions (WxHxD in.): 5.3 x 3.6 x 0.8
» Weight (oz.): 8.5
» Power Supply: DC5V (Power supplied through USB)
» Power Consumption Max.: 2.5W
» Client OS Support: Windows Vista®, Windows®XP, Windows®2000, MacOS® X 10.4 or later