Buffalo Technology has released two new external storage products that it reckons out-perform other USB 2.0 solutions. So what has the company done to achieve this?
The products in question are the MiniStation - a 2.5" hard drive in a portable enclosure, and the DriveStation - a 3.5" external drive. The new "TurboUSB" variants deliver better performance than their predecessors and competitors, the company claims.
The TurboUSB DriveStation comes in flavours up to 1TB in capacity and features circuitry to detect when it's plugged into a host machine, allowing it to conserve energy when it can't possibly be in use.
The drives used in the TurboUSB DriveStations are SATA, one of the reasons for Buffalo's claimed speed boost. But TurboUSB technology seems to be a performance enhancement in its own right, making the product 25% quicker than a regular SATA->USB enclosure.