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Buffalo Announces a Pair of Portable Hard Drives

Buffalo Japan announced a pair of new portable hard drive models, the HD-PA2.0TU3 and the HD-PZ2.0U3-BC (pictured in that order, below). Both drives come in capacities of 2 TB, and take advantage of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, with a single cable handling both power and host connectivity, but the HD-PA2.0TU3 additionally also features Thunderbolt. While the former measures 81 mm x 130 mm x 23 mm (WxDxH), featuring a combination of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity; the latter measures 89 mm x 128 mm x 18 mm, features just USB 3.0, but offers a silicone based inner housing, which offers shock resistance that makes it meet 516.5 Procedure IV MIL-STD-810F requirements. Both are expected to be generally available around mid-July.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Releases the MiniStation Air 2 Portable Hard Drive

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of storage and wireless networking solutions, today extends its portable hard drive offering with MiniStation Air 2 (HDW-PDU3 series). The device offers ease of use and flexibility, enabling users to expand their storage capacities without the hassle of wires, cables, or Internet connection.

The HDW-PDU3 offers 500 GB or 1 TB worth of storage and up to 12 hours of battery life. Using integrated Wi-Fi to create its own hotspot and stream data, the device also doubles as a portable battery charger for charging smartphones. Movies, pictures and music can now be shared with DLNA supported devices, and allows up three simultaneous HD streams.

Buffalo Announces DRAM-cached HD-PGDU3 External HDD

Buffalo announced a unique new external HDD, which it claims is the world's fastest. No, it doesn't embed an SSD, but a host-agnostic hot-data juggling system between a conventional hard drive (capacities of 500 GB and 1 TB), and 1 GB of DDR3 DRAM cache. As the drive powers up, frequently accessed data (hot-data), is copied onto the fast DRAM cache. As access frequencies of data on the HDD rise, they're juggled onto the cache.

An in-built lithium-ion battery ensures that there's no data loss when data is being juggled to and from the cache due to an abrupt disconnection; and it also ensures that hot-data stays on the DRAM for a few hours, even with the drive disconnected. An LED battery level meter keeps you updated on battery life. The battery recharges each time the drive is plugged in to the host. The drive uses USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, although there's no mention of UASP support. Under real-world circumstances, the DRAM-cached drive offers transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s. Measuring 81 mm x 18 mm x 133 mm (WxDxH), the drives weigh in at about 250 g.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Unveils New, Compact USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Buffalo Inc. today announced the RUF3-PS Series, a new family of flash drives that feature USB 3.0 connectivity and a minuscule body that sticks out only 5.2 mm while plugged in. Buffalo's drives come in three color versions - silver, black and red, and offer transfer speeds of up to 121 MB/s.

The RUF3-PS Series will be available at first in Japan, at the end of this month, in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacities. Prices go from 2,100 yen (~ 21 USD) to 8,900 yen (~ 87 USD).

Buffalo Announces HD-LLU3 Series External HDD with Easy Auto-lock

Buffalo announced the HD-LLU3 line of external hard drives. Built in the familiar Buffalo chassis measuring 39 mm x 187 mm x 120 mm (WxDxH), and weighing in at 1 kg, these drives are available in glossy white and black color options; and capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB. They use a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection for both power and host-connectivity. A striking feature is the "Easy Lock" function, which password-locks data even when you yank the cable to disconnect. The drives are slated for late April, and should start at 13,600¥ (US $130).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Announces New USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives

Buffalo today unveiled its newest external storage solution, the Mini Station HD-PLFU3 Series. Coming in black and white, these portable drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity, they measure 115 x 76 mm, and offer 500 GB (11.5 mm height), 1 TB (14 mm) and 2 TB (19.5 mm) worth of space.

The HD-PLFU3 Series HDDs are backed by a one-year warranty and will become available (in Japan at first) around late April priced at 9,870 yen (~ 96 USD), 13,965 yen (~ 136 USD) and 20,895 yen (~ 203 USD) for the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB units, respectively.

Buffalo Introduces Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Networking Solutions

Buffalo Americas, a leading provider of external storage, network attached storage and networking solutions, today announced the availability of three new high speed AirStation Open Source DD-WRT wireless routers, including the AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, the AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D, and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D.

Featuring DD-WRT Linux-based firmware pre-installed, Buffalo's new routers provide high performance networking, advanced features and low-level device management, unlocking extensive capabilities with increased network stability. Each router is also equipped with onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range, ideal for consumers and business professionals operating high-bandwidth applications.

Buffalo Unveils USB 3.0 Flash Drives With Hardware Encryption

Buffalo Japan today introduced the RUF3-HSL Series, a new family of flash drives that offer enhanced security through the use of AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Seen below, the upcoming drives measure 55 x 21 x 9 mm, their weigh 10 grams and have a capless design with a slide-out USB 3.0 connector.

The RUF3-HSL Series drives have a one-year warranty and are set to ship in mid-February in 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities, priced between 8,925 yen (~ 87 USD) and 23,310 yen (~ 227 USD).

Buffalo Also Introduces New 802.11AC Wireless Networking Solutions

Buffalo Americas, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the availability of three new high performance wireless routers, including the AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WXR-1900DHP, the AirStation AC 1200 Dual Band Wireless Router WHR-1166D, and the AirStation AC433 Wireless Travel Router WMR-433.

Supporting the next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Buffalo's new wireless routers deliver fast industry-leading gigabit wireless speeds and convenient portable Wi-Fi, ideal for streaming HD videos and music or lag-free online gaming, or setting up a personal wireless network on the go, accessible from any computer, smartphone and tablet devices.

Buffalo Launches the LinkStation 200 Series NAS Devices

Buffalo Americas, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the launch of its LinkStation 200 Series of easy to use network storage devices.

Ideal for home users, the new LinkStation 200 Series provides simple network storage and backup and offers an assortment of features, allowing users to store, organize, access and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Users can even set up a free personal cloud for access anytime, anywhere, at home or on the go.

Buffalo Announces New MiniStation Air Wireless Portable Hard Drive

Buffalo Americas, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the new MiniStation Air Wireless Portable Hard Drive, providing up to 1 TB of storage for tablets, smartphones, computers and more.

Buffalo's new compact portable storage solution includes up to 10 hours of battery life and support for up to eight devices, allowing travelers to easily transport their multimedia library with them while on the go, and stream content wirelessly to any computer, smartphone, tablet, smart TV or supported gaming console.

Buffalo Unveils New Bluetooth Mouse

Buffalo Inc. today announced a new, wireless peripheral, the BSMBB17 mouse which can connect directly via Bluetooth (it has Bluetooth 3.0 support) to mobile devices like notebooks and tablets. Coming in three color versions - red, black and white, and without an adapter, the mouse features a range of up to 10 meters, a 1600 DPI BlueLED optical sensor, rubber side grips, four buttons, a scroll wheel, and a continuous battery life of up to 377 hours (two AA batteries are required).

Buffalos' BSMBB17 mouse is set to ship in January 2014 bearing a price tag of 4,200 yen (~ 41 USD).

Buffalo DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt External Drive Launched in Europe

Buffalo Technology, the global manufacturer of innovative storage, networking and wireless solutions, today launches one of the world's fastest portable storage devices, the DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD edition (SSD-WAT).

Featuring two SSD drives as well as two Thunderbolt ports; the device offers unparalleled interface transfer speeds, more than double those of regular Thunderbolt SSD drives and at least four times faster than USB 3.0. Its read speed exceeds 760 MB/s and write speeds are more than 615 MB/s, enabling users to transfer up to 800 MB of data (or 1,000 photos) in just 1.3 seconds.

Buffalo Unveils New, Single-Drive NAS Device

Buffalo today announced some new additions to the LinkStation family, including the LS210D Series single-drive NAS device. Seen below, Buffalo's storage solution measures 128 x 205 x 45 mm, it weighs 1.1 kg, and features Gigabit Ethernet, a single USB 2.0 port, DLNA and Apple Time Machine support, and a one-year warranty.

The 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB LS210D Series units will be released next month and cost 18,690 yen (~ 183 USD), 23,205 yen (~ 228 USD), 32,130 yen (~ 315 USD), and 42,210 yen (~ 415 USD), respectively.

Everspin ST-MRAM Incorporated Into Buffalo Memory SSDs

Everspin Technologies today announced that Buffalo Memory is introducing a new industrial SATA III SSD that incorporates Everspin's Spin-Torque MRAM (ST-MRAM) as cache memory. In addition to breaking new ground as a SATA III SSD, this product is also the first to specify STMRAM for its cache. Buffalo Memory will showcase the new product at its booth (B-05) at the Embedded Technology 2013 conference held in Yokohama, Japan on November 20-22.

Buffalo's SS6 series SATA III SSD with Everspin ST-MRAM cache improves tolerance for sudden power loss and reduces power consumption. SATA III runs up to 6.0 Gigabits per second, twice the rate of SATA II, which improves quality of service in high data rate applications.

Buffalo to Release Adapter-Free Bluetooth Mouse

Buffalo has just announced a new, wireless peripheral, a mouse codenamed BSMBB16 which uses Bluetooth (3.0) technology to connect directly, without the need of an adapter, to PCs or tablets. No adapter means one less occupied USB port that can be used for hooking up other devices. In case your system doesn't have Bluetooth support, an adapter will be available for purchase.

Coming in three color versions - black, white and navy (blue), the BSMBB16 measures 106 x 40 x 76 mm, it has a 1000 dpi Blue Focus blue LED sensor, a rubber side grip, four buttons, a scroll wheel, and requires one AA battery for power. Buffalo is set to release the mouse later this month at 3,465 yen (~ 35 USD).

Buffalo Also Unveils a Thunderbolt-enabled External Drive

In addition to readying the RUF3-PW Series flash drives, Buffalo is also set to introduce a speedy new external drive that uses Thunderbolt connectivity, the SSD-WAT Series. Suited for video editing and other intensive work, the upcoming drive measures 154 x 102 x 45 mm, it weighs 540 grams, has an aluminum chassis, active cooling, and it packs two solid state drives set in RAID0 which enable speeds of up to 763 MB/s. The drive includes two Thunderbolt (10 Gbps) ports to allow daisy chaining of up to six devices.

The SSD-WAT Series drive will ship in 256 GB (78,015 yen / ~ 790 USD), 512 GB (111,615 yen / ~ 1,131 USD) and 1 TB (189,000 yen / ~ 1,916 USD) capacities.

Buffalo Announces New Line of USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Buffalo today unveiled its latest portable storage offering, the RUF3-PW Series flash drives which feature USB 3.0 connectivity and multiple, lively color options. Coming in yellow, green, pink and blue, these new drives measure 65 x 23 x 9 mm, they weigh just 12 grams and have a capless design (the USB connector slides in and out of the casing), and are capable of transfer speeds of up to 70 MB/s.

The RUF3-PW drives will become available later this month in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities.

Buffalo Announces New and Colorful Portable Hard Drives

Buffalo Inc. today unveiled a new family of portable hard drives which are known as the HD-PNFU3 Series and come in a variety of colors including black, white, red, pink, blue and yellow. Seen below, the HDDs measure 115 x 79.5 mm (thickness varies by capacity - 13.5 mm for 500 GB, 16 mm for 1 TB and 21.5 mm for 2 TB), and have USB 3.0 connectivity, a shock-absorbing internal frame, plus support for the TurboPC EX2 software and its save mode which allows data stored on the drives to be automatically compressed.

The HD-PNFU3 Series drives are backed by a one-year warranty and are set to arrive around the end of November priced at 11,130 yen (~113 USD), 15,015 yen (~ 153 USD) and 28,770 yen (~293 USD) for the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB units, respectively.

Buffalo to Release New, Windows 8.1-Ready Wireless Mouse

By the end of this month Buffalo will be releasing a new peripheral, the BSMBW09 Series wireless mouse. This model measures 73 x 107 x 40 mm and features 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, a Blue LED sensor with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi, a scroll wheel and four buttons including two side buttons for quick access to the Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Charms Bar.

Buffalo's mouse can offer up to 134 hours of continuous use on a single battery and comes in six color versions - black, white, silver, blue, red and pink. The BSMBW09 is set to cost 3,465 yen (~ 35 USD).

Buffalo Unveils New External Hard Drives

Buffalo has today announced the HD-LCU3 Series a new line of external hard drives that goes up to 4 TB in terms of capacity. Coming in black and white (the white models top 3 TB, while the black ones reach 4 TB), the fresh drives measure 187 x 120 x 39 mm, they weigh about 1 kg, and feature USB 3.0 connectivity, an internal anti-vibration system, no active cooling, and a casing that allows both vertical and horizontal installation. Moreover, using the TurboPC EX2 software, users can activate the HDD's 'Save Mode' which compresses the data transferred to it so as to fit in more content.

The 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB HD-LCU3 Series drives will arrive at the end of this month priced at 13,125 yen (~ 134 USD), 16,485 yen (~ 169 USD), 22,050 yen (~ 225 USD) and 38,850 yen (~ 397 USD), respectively.

Buffalo Also Readies a Portable, USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Buffalo has this week announced a new addition to its storage offer, the Mini Station Turbo PC EX2 portable hard drive. Seen below, the HDD is 115 by 76 mm (thickness differs by capacity - 11.5 mm for 500 GB, 14 mm for 1 TB and 19.5 mm for 2 TB), it has USB 3.0 connectivity, it comes in two color versions - black and white, and includes a power saving mode that lowers standby consumption to just 0.95 W, and a transfer mode that will compress data on the drive, so as to fit in more content.

The Mini Station Turbo PC EX2 is backed by a one-year warranty and is set to ship early next month, priced at 9,975 yen (~ 100 USD) for the 500 GB drive, 13,860 yen (~ 139 USD) for the 1 TB model, and 27,720 yen (~ 279 USD) for the 2 TB unit.

Buffalo Unveils New External DVD Writer

Early next month Buffalo is planning to release a new external optical drive, a DVD writer called DVSM-PTS58U3. Coming in three color versions - black, silver and white, the drive measures 138 x 152 x 14.44 mm, it weighs 220 grams, and is capable of burn speeds of 8x for DVD-R/+R/+RW, 6x for DVD-R(DL)/+R(DL)/-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, and 24x for CD-R/-RW.

The DVSM-PTS58U3 also features two attached USB cables, a USB 3.0-supporting cable for data transfer and power, and a USB 2.0 'Boost' cable to provide extra power when needed (there's a notification light that will turn red, signaling the user to plug in the Boost cable). Buffalo's writer is set to cost 7,245 yen (~ 73 USD).

Buffalo Unveils New, Secure USB Flash Drive

Buffalo Inc. has today announced the RUF3-PV Series Flash Drives which offer enhanced data and virus protection through the use of built-in password protection and anti-malware software (namely Trend Micro USB Security 2.0). Coming in black and red, these new drives measure 65 x 23 x 9 mm, they have a retractable connector, USB 3.0 support, and deliver read speeds of up to 70 MB/s.

The RUF3-PV line includes 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB models and is set to hit stores in mid-September.

Buffalo Rolls Out External Blu-ray XL Writers with Optional Power Input

Typical officegoers often don't understand the underlying power distribution with desktop USB hubs, which plug into the computer's rear USB ports, and give out four downstream ports on the desk. When a power-hungry USB device like external HDD or external optical drive is plugged into such downstream ports, it falls short of power, and doesn't work reliably. To address just that, Buffalo rolled out a new line of portable Blu-ray XL writer drives, which give you the flexibility of both bus-only power, and DC power input (referred to by Buffalo as "power boost").

The new BRXL-PC6VU2-C line of portable Blu-ray writers, pictured below, are capable of running bus-powered. If the drive detects it isn't getting enough power from its USB port, it lights up an LED, which prompts you to plug in its AC adapter, which makes up for the power deficit. When bus powered, the drive is limited to low read/write speeds, to keep power draw from the motor low (reliable, prevents write errors). This neat little arrangement makes sure the drive runs smoothly when it's plugged in directly to a computer, and gives you the flexibility of plugging it into a hub. Measuring 145 x 153 x 19 mm (WxDxH), the drive weighs about 340 g. Blu-ray XL 4-layer and 3-layer discs are written at 4X, single- and double-layer Blu-ray at 6X. When bus-powered, it writes all kinds of Blu-ray RE drives at 2X. When "power-boosted," those speeds go up to 6X. DVDs are written at speeds of up to 8X, CDs at 24X. Slated for an early-September launch in Japan, these drives are expected to go for 10,920 JPY (US $112).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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