Deals on hard drives, Blu-ray players, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, Blu-ray players, and more. Buy.com recently lowered the cost of the Buffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, which includes USB 1.1 backwards compatibility, a maximum external data transfer rate of 60MBps, and support for both Mac and PC. Currently featured at DealNN, the hard drive has now dropped 54% in price and can be purchased for only $72.99.
Broadcom adds first four 802.11ac chipsets
Broadcom claimed the distinction of being the first to make chipsets with 802.11ac, being nicknamed 5G Wi-Fi, on Thursday. The BCM43516, BCM43526, BCM4352, and BCM4360 all have twice as much bandwidth per channel as the current-fastest 802.11n and can stack multiple streams together to get very high speeds. The flagship chip, the BCM4360, can unite three streams and hit 1.3Gbps.
Buffalo launches new USB 3.0 hard drives
Buffalo has announced two new external hard drive models. The MiniStation Extreme and the DriveStation Axis Velocity are its latest drives to support the high-bandwidth USB 3.0 standard. The MiniStation Extreme is a portable hard drive model, while the DriveStation Axis Velocity line is a desktop hard drive solution.
Buffalo ships MiniStation Plus USB 3.0 drives
Buffalo has just shipped its latest portable storage product range, the MiniStation Plus. The drives sport a backwards-compatible USB 3.0 port for transfers up to 5Gbps. They are housed in a shockproof chassis, though they're not rated as rugged drives.
Buffalo Japan shows 6Gbps, 256GB SSD for $890
Japan's Buffalo has just introduced a 256GB hard drive that's capable of read speeds as fast as 405MBps thanks to its 6Gbps SATA interface. Write speeds, as typical, are slightly lower, at 223MBps. The SSD-N256S/MC400 uses MLC (multi-level cell) flash memory that's denser and cheaper than single-level.
Buffalo CloudStore drive hits stores
Three months after first mention, Buffalo on Monday shipped the CloudStor. The network-attached storage is one of the first third party drives to use Pogoplug's remote sharing service and turns the built in hard drive to a remotely accessible drive. The service is free and just requires controls to set what files are accessible.
Buffalo to ship portable Blu-ray writer in Japan
Japan's peripherals maker Buffalo has just introduced its first portable Blu-ray writer. The BRXL-PC6U2-BK uses two USB 2.0 connections for power and signal and can write data to 128GB BDXL discs at up to 4x. It weighs 340 grams and is one of the few portable BD writers available on the market.
Buffalo outlines new MiniStations, DriveStations
Buffalo on Tuesday began shipping its restyled portable MiniStation and desktop DriveStation hard drives. The former requires nothing but a USB 2.0 cable for a data connection and power cable and is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The latter requires a separate power connection, but is available with either a USB 2.0 or faster USB 3.0 data connection.
Buffalo shows two simple USB hard drives
Buffalo on Tuesday introduced two new hard drives, including the MiniStation Stealth and DriveStation Axis LED. The former is a portable, USB-powered drive while the latter adds a status LED meter to the existing DriveStation Axis drive. Both are preloaded with the Buffalo Tools software that aims to improve the user experience with Windows PCs. The drives are compatible with Macs out of the box as well.
Buffalo, Pioneer show 128GB BDXL disc writers
Both Buffalo and Pioneer have introduced BDXL disc writers for the Japanese market. Buffalo will offer both a USB 2.0-powered external drive, the BRXL-6U2, and an internal BRXL-6FBS-BK model with a SATA interface, while Pioneer's BDR-206MBK is for internal use only. BDXL media can hold as much as 128GB with a four-layer disc, or 100GB on a three-layer disc.
Buffalo announces next-gen NAS DriveStations
Buffalo on Monday detailed the upcoming release of updated DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad direct attached storage. The latter replaces the DriveStation Quattro range, and a new Axis series of single-drive storage devices was also announced. The DriveStation Duo contains two eSATA 3.0 drives and has a USB 2.0 interface that supports up to 225MBps speeds. Tools are not require to remove or install the quick-swap drives, and they can be set up in either RAID 0 or 1 for either redundant backup or added capacity.
Buffalo outs 1080p home media player in Japan
Japanese electronics maker Buffalo has introduced its LT-V100 Link Theater media player. It can stream or play local 1080p video content from a USB-attached drive. The player has DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio support, while supported video formats include MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP/ASP, and H.264 (AVC).
Other additions coming to Memphis, Vegas
T-Mobile has announced ongoing expansion of its HSPA+ network which brings faster 3G data speeds for subscribers. The company's HSPA+ network has been broadened in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, along with other New York Cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt packs added speed
Buffalo on Monday put out what it hopes should be one of the fastest portable hard drives available. While using a regular 2.5-inch hard disk on the inside, the MiniStation Cobalt adds USB 3.0. The 5Gbps interface gives the drive extra theoretical headroom but should avoid bottlenecking regular transfers as well.
Buffalo outs updated LinkStation Mini NAS
Buffalo on Wednesday introduced a newly updated version of its LinkStation Mini NAS. The dual-drive device features higher performance than the older model, and has near-silent operation. There is also a fresh UI and newfound support for RAID 0 (stripe) and RAID 1 (mirror) setups. The former allows for maximizing capacity, while the latter doubles up data for an added measure of reliability.
Buffalo intros USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter
Japan's Buffalo on Wednesday introduced its Express Card USB 3.0 adapter, the IFC-EC2U3/UC, that will bring the 5Gbps transfer speeds of the new standard to notebook users. The 34mm card has two external USB 3.0 ports that will also be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
Buffalo claims fastest Blu-ray recorder
Buffalo on Thursday set a minor milestone by launching what should be the fastest Blu-ray burner to date. At 12X even with dual-layer discs, the BR-X1216U3 ties with Pioneer for a 50 percent speed boost over 8X drives but is unique for supporting USB 3.0. The 5Gbps interface theoretically lets it transfer data faster than USB 2.0; Buffalo says the drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 but is limited to writing at 7X using the older standard.
HDD claimed to transfer at 625MB/s
Buffalo Technology has introduced the DriveStation HD-HXU3, a new series of external hard drives featuring USB 3.0 interfaces. The high speed connection option is claimed to support transfer rates of up to 625MB/s, beating USB 2.0 and even FireWire by a considerable margin. Users can still connect using the current USB standard, however the transfer rates drop to approximately 480Mb/s.
Buffalo intro USB 3.0, 125MBps external drive
Buffalo hhas launched its first USB 3.0 hard drive in the DriveStation HD-HXU3. The 3.5-inch external disk uses the much larger bandwidth to attain transfer speeds of up to 125MBps, or between 3 and 4 times faster than the company's currently available USB 2.0 drive. In order to take advantage of the new standard's speeds, a card will be sold alongside the drive to install into host computers.
Buffalo ups flash capacity
Japanese memory and storage device maker Buffalo has doubled the maximum capacity of its tiny RUF2-PS series thumbkey USB flash drives from 8GB to 16GB. The low-profile USB drives stick out of the USB connections by less than a fifth of an inch (5mm) and are also available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. The design lets them stay connected to notebooks even when they're packed away in in a carrying case.
Buffalo 7-inch aux display
Japan's Buffalo on Wednesday introduced its FTD-W71 USB secondary display which connects to users Windows (Vista, XP or 2000) PCs via a USB 2.0 connection to add a 7-inch, 800x480 display to show whatever won't fit on the main screen. The auxiliary screen sports 300cd/m2 brightness rating and a 500:1 contrast ratio. The screen can be rotated into a portrait orientation on its stand, or attached to standard camera tripods.
Buffalo Wi-Fi USB dongle
Japan's Buffalo has introduced what it calls the world's smallest USB dongle that provides an 802.1nn Wi-Fi wireless connection to attached computers, the WLI-UC-GN. Sized at 33mm by 16mm (about 1.3 by 0.6 inches) Buffalo's adapter is small enough to attach to smaller devices or to remain attached in a notebook bag. The product will allow users to connect to the Internet from wireless devices such as Sony's PSP, Nintendo DS and many smartphones, reportedly including the iPhone.
Buffalo external 240GB SSD
Japan's Buffalo Technology on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of its 240GB portable solid state drive, the LS-WSS240GL/R1. The unusual dual-drive RAID can be connected directly to computers via a USB port or networked via its Ethernet connection for sharing. Buffalo has included a web access function to the drive, allowing iPhone 3G and iPod touch users to access content on the networked LS-WSS240GL/R1 via the devices' web browsers. It's not made clear if other Internet-enabled handsets or computers are capable of accessing the drive, though this is expected.
Buffalo 8x Blu-ray drives
Buffalo Technology on Monday introduced two of the fastest Blu-ray drives for PCs on the market, with the MediaStation 8x External Blu-ray Drive and MediaStation 8x Internal Blu-ray writers and recorders. The external drive connects to PCs via a USB 2.0 port or eSATA interface, while the internal device has a SATA connection. No drivers are required to use the drives, both of which can read from and write to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, making them ideal for backing up user systems.
Buffalo 8X Blu-ray
Buffalo has claimed a first in the industry with the announcement of the first-ever Blu-ray drives to record at 8X speed. The external BR-816U2 and the internal, Serial ATA-based BR-816FBS will equally write even 50GB dual-layer discs at the new speed, theoretically completing a single-layer disc in as little as 15 minutes. The drives also burn rewritable Blu-ray discs at 2X and record both CDs and DVDs.
Buffalo MiniStation 500GB
Buffalo on Monday slipped out a 500GB version of the MiniStation TurboUSB, its faster series of pocket USB drives. The 2.5-inch disk reaches the new capacity while still using an advanced disk controller that outputs data faster than other rivals. TurboUSB boosts transfers data at 35MB per second, or about 30 percent faster than other hard drives with the same 5,400RPM rotation speed, Buffalo estimates.
Buffalo's Blu-Ray, HD DVD
Buffalo Technology today unveiled three new external drive solutions, as well as a new combination HD DVD and Blu-Ray reader-writer, at CES 2008 in Las Vegas. The company says its MediaStation Blu-Ray HD DVD drive is the first device of its kind to allow users to both read and write Blu-Ray content. While the drive can write to Blu-Ray optical media, it is only able to read HD DVD formatted discs. Using a USB cable, users can connect the drive up to a laptop or other mobile device to watch movies. The drive includes a full version of Nero, and will ship during the first quarter of 2008 for $650.
Buffalo 32GB TurboUSB
Buffalo on Wednesday became one of the first companies to offer a 32GB flash storage stick that should be both portable and quick. The SHD-U32GS fits 32GB of data into the same space as the company's existing 16GB version while maintaining the same speed. In-house technology known as TurboUSB boosts transfer speeds 20 percent past other external flash drives, Buffalo claims. The U32GS is also ruggedized and includes both a clip and a switch to prevent an accidental data wipe.