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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Updated 22 December 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo is one of the most popular external hard drive brands as well as being well known for its optical disc drives.

We've collated all the key information on Buffalo external hard drives in this handy guide. We've analysed over 3,300 user and expert reviews and 40+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,000 external hard drives to impartially compare each external hard drive brand.

Buffalo are recognised for their good selection of mid-range and moderately popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $88 for the HD-LXU3 which has a hard drive capacity of 8TB and a weight of 950g and go up to $213 for the HD-PA1.0TU3 which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 260g. The average price of a new Buffalo external hard drive is $148.

Buffalo are recognised for their good selection of mid-range and moderately popular external hard drives.

Is Buffalo the Best External Hard Drive Brand?

So are Buffalo external hard drives any good? We give every external hard drive a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all external hard drives we are able to impartially rank all the external hard drive brands.

Buffalo is ranked the No. 4 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Buffalo is the 4th best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
United States
95%
95%
726 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#3
France
94%
94%
15 reviews
#4
83%
83%
15 reviews
#5
China
82%
82%
19 reviews
#6
82%
82%
52 reviews
#7
73%
73%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
73%
73%
10 reviews
#9
70%
70%
0 reviews
#10
DataLocker
70%
70%
2 reviews
#11
Japan
68%
68%
0 reviews
#12
Transcend
65%
65%
0 reviews
#13
Verbatim
64%
64%
0 reviews
#14
Rocstor
63%
63%
1 review
#15
OWC
63%
63%
0 reviews
#16
Glyph
63%
63%
0 reviews
#17
Rosewill
55%
55%
0 reviews
#18
Kanguru
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Buffalo external hard drives compare to the other external hard drive brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All external hard drive Brands
Buffalo External Hard Drives

Buffalo have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Buffalo external hard drive being 75%.

The average review score for a Buffalo external hard drive is 75%.

There's a smaller selection of Buffalo external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 8 Buffalo external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Buffalo external hard drives also tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$115
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $699
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$148
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $849
Price Distribution of Buffalo External Hard Drives

What Do the Buffalo External Hard Drive Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Buffalo external hard drive to work out the average distribution of reviews for Buffalo and then compared this to the other external hard drive brands.

Buffalo logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
1
4 stars
0
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Buffalo logo

User Reviews

5 stars
10
4 stars
2
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
2
Buffalo has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its external hard drives than most other external hard drive brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 100% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Buffalo external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 82% and 88% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Buffalo external hard drives by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other external hard drive brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
80%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
80%
1 review
macworld.fr logo
70%
1 review
mobilegeeks.de logo
85%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
57%
29 reviews
54%
14 reviews
21%
4 reviews
45%
6 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
74%
47 reviews
82%
26 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
74%
8 reviews
81%
1 review

How Many Industry Awards Have Buffalo External Hard Drives Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we couldn't find any industry awards for Buffalo external hard drives. The table below shows the number of awards given to the most popular external hard drive brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
tbreak.ae logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
3
1
Total
13
13
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Buffalo external hard drives. 100% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Buffalo external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% of reviewers think Buffalo external hard drives are reliable.

So, most people think that Buffalo external hard drives are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Buffalo external hard drives that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

recently upgraded from 1TB to 2TB with this model the units I have are very reliable
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3

$213.34
Overstock
Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3
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Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3
1TB
10,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
260g

If you're looking for a high end Buffalo external hard drive then the Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 76, but is a bit more expensive at $213.34.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (10,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered

A cheap and fully featured 260g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a data transfer rate of 10,000 Mbit/s.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the HD-PA1.0TU3 in the US is $213.34 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo DriveStation - 2Tb

$149.99
Overstock
Buffalo DriveStation - 2Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo DriveStation - 2Tb
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
921g

At only $149.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 79 the Buffalo DriveStation - 2Tb makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered
External power adapter

A good value for money and fully featured 921g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the DriveStation - 2Tb in the US is $149.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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$599.99
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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?
Is Buffalo the Best External Hard Drive Brand?
What Do the Buffalo External Hard Drive Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Buffalo External Hard Drives Received?
How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?
What is the Best High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

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