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Buffalo Showcases Assortment Of Digital Life Solutions At CES

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today will demonstrate a collection of new storage and networking products during CES at booth 36620 in South Hall 4 of the LVCC. These new products are designed to improve the digital lives of consumers, offering new features and increased performance for enhanced usability and convenience.

Buffalo Intros BSH4U20U3 4-port USB 3.0 Hub

Buffalo Japan launched the BSH4U20U3 series USB 3.0 hubs. Available in white (BSH4U20U3WH) and black (BSH4U20U3BK), the hubs multiply an upstream USB 3.0 connection to four downstream ports, without needing an additional AC adapter as power source. The single upstream cable serves both as host connection and power source. Measuring 94 × 62 × 19 mm, it weighs about 94 g. Slated for early December, it is priced at 4,200¥ (US $51).

Buffalo Intros BSKBB15SV Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard

Buffalo Japan introduced the BSKBB15SV foldable keyboard for those who find on-screen keyboards on their phablets less than ergonomic. Measuring 149 x 95.5 x 16 mm (WxDxH) when folded and 297 x 95.5 x 7.5 mm unfolded, the keyboard features Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard-class compliance, which lets it pair with almost any modern Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, or notebook. It features an English QWERTY layout, with a total of 83 keys. The keys feature 17 mm pitch and 2.2 mm travel (stroke). It includes a complementary stand that can hold most tablets. Available in black and silver color options, and slated for early December, it is priced around 7,035¥ (US $86).

Source: PC Watch

Buffalo Announces the WZR-D1100H/U 802.11ac Router

Buffalo announced availability of the WZR-D1100H/U 802.11ac WLAN router in Japan. Due to regulatory restrictions local to the country, its wireless bandwidth will cap out at 600 Mbps when routing in the 802.11ac mode. It supports the 5.00 GHz band in addition to 2.4 GHz. Its upstream and downstream Ethernet ports support 1 Gbps bandwidth. Most common security features are supported. It is priced at 25,450¥ (US $310).

Source: Akihabara News

Buffalo Also Debuts Two 16x Blu-ray Writers

In addition to cooking up some new platter-based storage, Buffalo has introduced two optical drives capable of burning a Blu-ray disc (BD-R to be exact) at up to 16x speed. Seen below, the BRXL-16FBS-BK (internal, SATA connectivity) and BRXL-16U3 (external, USB 3.0) have support for BDXL discs, and also deliver writing speeds of 12x for BD-R DL, 6x for BDXL, 2x for BD-RE, 16x for DVD-R/+R, 8x for DVD-R DL/+R DL/+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 48x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW.

The BRXL-16FBS-BK and BRXL-16U3 cost $255 and $322, respectively, and come with a software bundle which includes PowerDVD10 BD edition, PowerDirector 8 HE, PowerProducer 5, Power2Go 7, PowerBackup 2, InstantBurn 5 and MediaShow 5.

Buffalo Unveils a New, 4 TB External Hard Drive

Buffalo has today announced a new external storage solution, the HD-LXV4.0TU3C drive featuring a 4 TB capacity and a USB 3.0 interface. This HDD measures 39 x 123 x 189 mm, it weights 1 kg and has a design enabling both vertical and horizontal use, a built-in fan, internal rubber mounts that lower vibration, AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and an eco mode that reduces power consumption by up to 97% (Buffalo claims a power draw of only 0.15 W when the drive is idle).

The HD-LXV4.0TU3C comes bundled with the Turbo PC EX2 data transfer software and costs about $458.

Buffalo Unveils Colorful New BlueLED Laser Mouse

Buffalo Inc. today unveiled the latest addition to its peripheral portfolio, the BSMBU13D series wired mouse which features a 1,000 dpi BlueLED laser sensor (allows operation even on transparent surfaces) and a USB connector that can be plugged in no matter the orientation (no more of this).

Buffalo's mouse measures 54 x 92 x 39 mm, it weights 60 grams, has two buttons and a scroll wheel and it will become available at the end of this month priced at about $17.4. There will be six color versions available – black, white, blue, red, yellow and pink.

Buffalo Readies Two New microSDHC Memory Cards

Buffalo Inc. today announced two more smartphone-loving microSDHC memory cards offering 16 GB and 32 GB worth of storage space. These cards comply with the version 2.0 SD specifications, are Class 10-rated (transfer speed is at least 10 MB/s), and come bundled with an SD adapter. Both cards will become available early next month. Pricing was not revealed.

Buffalo Japan Intros New Wired and Wireless Mice for Windows 8

Buffalo Japan introduced a fleet of new wired and wireless mice optimized for Windows 8, thanks to gesture-recognizing touch surfaces along the top, that augment the main buttons and scroll wheels. Among the products launched are the wireless BSMBB10N series, and wired BSMBU12 series. The BSMBB10N series mice are equipped with Bluetooth and NFC tags. The NFC tag lets you configure the mouse with an NFC-equipped Windows 8 tablet or Ultrabook by simply waving the mouse close to the host device, saving you the trouble of configuring Bluetooth or WLAN settings. Unpack, wave, use - it's that simple.

The BSMBB10N series mice are available in as many as six 2-tone color options, including blue, red, green, pink, orange, and gray. Measuring 60 x 35 x 100 mm (WxDxH), the mice weigh about 58 g. The primary sensor has a resolution of 1,600 DPI, its Bluetooth reception range is 10 m. Moving on, the company also launched the wired BSMBU12, which use common USB wired connectivity but retain the touch surfaces that let you perform gestures. These mice are available in six similar 2-tone color options to the BSMBB10N. The wireless, NFC tag-equipped BSMBB10N series mice are priced at 3,465¥ ($31), while the wired BSMBU12 go for 2,089¥ ($26).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara 1, 2

Buffalo Announces a Pair of Powerline Networking Devices

Buffalo announced a pair of new powerline networking adapters under its HomePlug brand. These include the WPL-05G300 and PL-05H, which are sold as single-units, and sets of 2. The WPL-05G300 combines a 240 Mbps powerline network adapter with an 802.11 b/g/n (up to 300 Mbps) wireless router, which supports all common security standards. In addition to its common AC plug, it features two Ethernet ports, one of which can be wired to the internet connection link, and the other as a downstream gigabit Ethernet port. The internet connection (uplink) is shared between the downstream port, other nodes connected via powerline, and the wireless network.

The PL-05H, on the other hand, is a basic powerline adapter with one downstream port. Its powerline network controller supports up to 240 Mbps bandwdith. A single unit of the WPL-05G300 is priced at 8,925 JPY (US $113), a pack of two (WPL-05G300/2) goes for 16,485 JPY (US $209.6). The PL-05H, on the other hand, is priced at 5,565 JPY (US $70) a pop, a pack of two of these goes for 10,920 JPY (US $139).

Source: PC Watch

Buffalo Announces Collapsible Bluetooth Keyboard

Buffalo Japan announced the BSKBB14 line of collapsible (space-saving) wireless keyboards for portable devices such as smartphones and tablets. The keyboard, measuring 305 x 94 x 11 mm (W x D x H), collapses into two halves, which can be bound into 153 x 94 x 22 mm (same volume, but more pocketable. It weighs 230 g, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can keep it running for three months after a three-hour charge. The keyboard provides a compact 69-key QWERTY English+Japanese layout with most command keys, including Start. The key pitch is 19 mm, with 1.5 mm travel. The keyboard uses a magnetic lock to bind its two halves, a physical connection between its two halves when unfolded, and Bluetooth to communicate with the host. It will be available in black (BSKBB14BK) and white (BSKBB14WH) variants. Slated for early October, it will be priced at 9,765 JPY (US $125).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Readies Portable SSD with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

Three months after launching the MiniStation Thunderbolt Buffalo Inc. is preparing to release another portable storage solution supporting both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. Known as the MiniStation HD-PATU3S Series, this new drive will feature a sleek aluminum body (like the MiniStation Thunderbolt) and will pack a solid state drive allowing for read speeds (over Thunderbolt) of up to 382 MB/s (compared to the 109 MB/s claimed to be delivered by a Thunderbolt-enabled portable HDD).

Buffalo says the HD-PATU3S Series includes 128 GB and 256 GB models. No word on pricing yet.

Buffalo Updates High Performance Wireless Router Lineup

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced a refreshed lineup of the AirStation HighPower line of wireless routers and access points with the introduction of WZR-600DHP, WZR-300HP and WHR-300HP. This comprehensive refresh includes firmware enhancements to Buffalo's award-winning HighPower technology along with a new setup process that allows router configuration from smartphone and tablet devices, further improving performance, range and usability.

The refreshed trio of AirStation HighPower wireless routers ships with an updated version of DD-WRT firmware pre-installed and Buffalo firmware is available for free from the Buffalo downloads site. These updated firmware versions, also available to select legacy models as an example of Buffalo's commitment to existing users, provide greater stability and increased performance for better overall functionality. Additionally, the refreshed collection touts a new user setup and a printed admin and access card designed for simple configuration in just a few steps. Once the router is physically connected and powered, the unit will automatically detect the Internet connection allowing users to set the SSID and password along with administrative credentials. Within minutes of opening the box users will have a secure, stable, high speed wireless network without the pains of configuring complicated settings.

Buffalo Outs 2 TB MiniStation 3.0 Portable HDD

Buffalo launched a 2 TB variant of its MiniStation 3.0 portable hard drive (model: HD-PCT2. 0U3-GBJ). Slated for late-July, the drive will be priced at 29,925 JPY (US $380). The drive is built into the conventional MiniStation chassis, which is available in piano-black and pearl-white finishes. The drive is completely bus-powered, and connects to the host over USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface (backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 HiSpeed).

The drive comes pre-formatted with FAT32+ file-system, with the volume storing Windows and MacOS X installers for Buffalo Tools (disk management software) and TurboCopy (speeds up file-transfers). The drive can later be re-formatted to the file-system of your choice, after backing up the installers. Measuring 144 x 77 x 20 mm, the drive weighs about 255 g.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Unveils 500 GB MiniStation Air Wireless Hard Drive

Buffalo Japan unveiled the MiniStation Air 500 GB wireless portable hard drive (model: HDW-P500U3). The drive combines 802.11 b/g/n (up to 150 Mbps) wireless data connectivity with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (5 GT/s) wired data+power connectivity. When in wireless mode, the drive powers itself using an in-built 2,860 mAh lithium-ion battery, which can keep it ticking for up to 4.5 hours before needing a recharge.

The drive comes with applications by Buffalo on App Store for iOS devices, and Google Play for Android devices, which lets you access its contents securely, and configure the device to treat the drive as a storage device. Photos taken by your smartphone, for example, can be instantly transferred to the drive; you have 500 GB of space to go around with, when video-recording with your phone. The drive supports the latest Wi-Fi security standards, including WPA2/PSK, with AES encryption for data transmitted wirelessly.

Buffalo Announces 4 TB Hard Drive Support In Select Storage Solutions

Buffalo Technology, 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 4 TB hard drives in select Buffalo storage solutions including the TeraStation 5000 series of business-class network and iSCSI storage, the LinkStation Pro home and small office network storage device and the DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 desktop hard drive.

"The introduction of 4 TB hard drives and Buffalo's early adoption in leading storage solutions provides customers with even higher capacities for greater data storage," said Matt Dargis, senior director of sales at Buffalo Technology. "We strive to provide a breadth of affordable and reliable storage solutions for business and home in the latest available hard drive capacities."

Buffalo Starts Shipping the Dual Interface MiniStation Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 HDD

Buffalo Technology, 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 the MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. Demonstrated earlier this month at Computex in Taiwan, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is the world's first portable Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 dual-interface external drive solution. With the flexibility of either SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or a lighting fast Thunderbolt connection, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is ideal for PC and Mac users looking for the fastest interface speeds while preserving backward compatibility with existing devices that support USB 2.0.

"With the creation and transferring of digital content accelerating at ever increasing paces, protecting that data on the go continues to be a challenge for all types of users," said Brian Verenkoff, director of marketing at Buffalo Technology. "With the MiniStation Thunderbolt, consumers can now move or backup digital assets faster, simplify connections between devices, maintain compatibility with nearly any device and foster new and exciting ways to use portable storage."

Buffalo Rolls Out 2 TB MiniStation USB 3.0 HDD with High Shock Tolerance

Buffalo Japan rolled out a 2 terabyte variant of its MiniStation HDPNTU3 portable HDD series. Models in the series are characterized by fast USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, and a shock-absorbing internal drive frame that lends higher shock tolerance, although Buffalo stopped short of mentioning the exact shock tolerance figure. The new variant (model: HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ) provides 2 TB of unformatted capacity, and supports USB 3.0, which eliminates interface bottlenecks. It relies on the same connection for power. Its feature-set includes Buffalo's Turbo PC software, which speeds up drive access by up to 2 times; and native 256-bit AES data-encryption. Measuring 82 x 118 x 22 mm, the MiniStation weighs about 260 g. It is expected to hit stores by late-June, priced at 31,080 JPY (US $392).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Adds Faster CPU to New 4 TB LS-VL Series NAS

Buffalo Japan released a new LS-VL series home NAS model, LS-V4.0TLJ, which packs 4 TB of storage, a faster CPU, and software with a new web-access (remote-access over internet) feature. The single-drive NAS is designed for home convergence, with support for a large variety of entertainment devices such as 3D HDTVs, with support for DTCP-IP, providing recording features. Gigabit Ethernet is its only network interface, while it features USB 2.0. Measuring 45 x 175 x 156 mm (WxDxH), and weighing about 1 kg, the device draws about 24W of power under typical load. It is priced at 46,725 JPY (US $585).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Intros DiskStation USB 3.0 + Thunderbolt Hard Drive

Buffalo Japan launched the DiskStation HD-PATU3, a new external hard drive that features two high-bandwidth interface options, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, letting you use it without interface bottlenecks on both PCs and Macs. The HD-PATU3 comes in two capacity options, 500 GB and 1 TB. The drive is entirely bus-powered, and does not require an AC adapter. The drive comes pre-formatted to the Mac-friendly HFS+ file-system, but can be re-formatted to Windows-friendly file-systems such as NTFS or ex-FAT. Buffalo did not give out pricing information.

Source: Akihabara News

Buffalo Intros Slim Wireless Keyboard

Buffalo Japan introduced a sleek new wireless keyboard, SRKB05BK. The keyboard provides a 103-key QWERTY Japanese/English layout, including a number pad, while maintaining slim dimensions of 384 x 124 x 19 mm (WxDxH), weighing about 526 g, comparable to wired keyboards. Its key-pitch is 19 mm, with a key travel (stroke) of 2.7 mm. The SRKB05BK draws power from two AAA-size batteries, which last for up to 6 months under typical office usage (provided alkaline batteries are used). It communicates with a host PC over 2.4 GHz radio band, using a USB micro-receiver (included). A variety of computing platforms, including Sony PlayStation 3, are supported. Slated for early-June, the SRKB05BK is priced at 7,035 JPY (US $90). The micro-receiver (model: SRDW03BK) is also available separately for 1,320 (US $17), around the same time.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Announces The TeraStation 5000 Series

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the TeraStation 5000 series of high performance network storage solutions.

Following last week's announcement of the enterprise-class TeraStation 7000 series, the 5000 series currently consists of the two-drive TeraStation 5200 and the four-drive TeraStation 5400. Equipped with the powerful Intel Atom D2550 dual-core processor, the TeraStation 5000 series provides supercharged performance and offers an array of business class features including iSCSI, replication and failover support and SoleraTec Phoenix RSM, a video surveillance asset management solution.

Buffalo Readies New Line of SSDs with MRAM Caches

Buffalo launched a new line of SSDs that incorporate MRAM (magnetic random access memory) caches. The caches provide increase tolerance to power loss, and momentarily hold data that's being transacted between the drive and the host, which buys the controller some time to prevent data loss, when the power goes down. Pictures suggest that Buffalo could have SSDs in both SATA and IDE flavors. So far, MRAM cache is the only distinctive feature of a new line of SSDs Buffalo is working on, which it will unveil a little later, at the Embedded Systems Expo (ESEC) 2012.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Readies a 1 TB 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Buffalo Inc. has this week announced the HD-IN1.0TS, a 2.5-inch hard drive with a 1 TB storage capacity. Suited for mobile applications, this 1 TB drive has a SATA interface, a one-year warranty, it comes bundled with Acronis True Image HD, and is set to start shipping in early May. The HD-IN1.0TS will cost about $219.
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