Buffalo launches world’s first dual-interface Thunderbolt portable HDD
Buffalo, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of storage and wireless networking solutions, has announced the launch of the world's first portable Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0 dual-interface external hard drive.
With the anticipated adoption of Thunderbolt by Windows PC manufacturers joining the sizeable Apple availability, the MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive 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 or USB 3.0.
Coupling the 5Gbps super speed of USB 3.0 with the 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel, Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled interface speeds and versatility. Achieving more than three times the speed during data transfer than USB 2.0., this ultra-compact HDD is ideal for those working with large files such as video, audio and images, or across multiple devices that feature different ports.
“Collaborating with Intel to deliver the world’s first dual-interface Thunderbolt and USB storage solution reaffirms Buffalo’s pioneering spirit and engineering excellence," said Boris Shen, national business manager, Buffalo Australia. “Making this device terrific value, it ships with a Thunderbolt cable which can cost up to $50 when sold separately.”
Available in 500GB and 1TB capacity, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is housed in a sleek, lightweight, white aluminium body and features an indirect disk access LED indicator on the underside that illuminates its supporting surface. The HDD is bus-powered so it requires no additional power supply, and can be formatted to support both PCs and Macs, making it a great portable storage solution for any device. Compatibility with Mac OS X Time Machine also ensures it’s an ideal solution for Mac computer backup.
Pricing & Availability
Model: Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3
In store availability: August 2012
Pricing: 500GB (RRP $279.00) / 1.0TB (RRP $329.00)
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