Buf­falo DriveS­ta­tion DDR 3TB £160, $200


NPhoto - - Test Team -

Like the Solo G3, there’s more to this drive than meets the eye. In­side, a con­ven­tional three­ter­abyte hard drive has been boosted by the ad­di­tion of one gi­ga­byte of fast RAM, just as you’d find in a com­puter. This com­bi­na­tion gives you the value and ca­pac­ity you’d ex­pect in a regular hard drive, along with per­for­mance to ri­val ex­pen­sive solid state stor­age.

Trans­fer speeds can reach an amaz­ing 408 megabytes per sec­ond, though copy­ing a large num­ber of images or size­able videos that ex­ceed the one-gi­ga­byte RAM buf­fer will slow things down con­sid­er­ably. Even so, in our tests the Buf­falo was al­ways at least 25 per cent quicker than the com­pe­ti­tion. When you also fac­tor in the rea­son­able price, it’s a clear win­ner.

With lots of space and plenty of speed, this is a bril­liant drive

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