The Tipping Point for USB 3.0

Buffalo Technology DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive


USB 2.0, which has dominated the computer peripheral world since 2001, is finally showing signs of replacement by the next evolution in universal serial bus goodness, naturally called USB 3.0. Speculation over it crushing the eSATA standard is still hazy, but we’re throwing in our dollar on USB 3.0 giving eSATA a run for the money. Leading the USB 3.0 charge here in states is the Buffalo Technology DriveStation, the first external USB 3.0 hard drive to market here.

Perhaps Buffalo Technology has its own heros too.

The Buffalo Technology DriveStation is remarkable in that it is capable of 130MB/s transfer speeds, 3x faster that USB 2.0. The release of the DriveStation marks a watershed moment that should make their way (rapidly, we hope) down to other products over the next several years. Sold in sizes of 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB, whatever version you purchase should have plenty of space – everything from basic computing needs to housing enormous digital media libraries. The DriveStation is also compatible with both Macs and PCs, so no one should be left out of the high speed transfer action.

While the Buffalo Technology DriveStation is not quite officially on sale yet, Buffalo assures us that the drives will be reasonably priced considering their advanced technology (pricing and link below). Also, keep in mind that in order to use the lightning fast USB transfer, anyone with a computer will now will also have to upgrade their machine to be USB 3.0 compatible. This involves buying and installing a two-port USB 3.0 PCI Express card which Buffalo is more that happy to sell you. No pricing on the card either.

[Via Gizmodo]

Cost: $200 for 1TB | $250 for 1.5TB | $400 for 2TB