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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 15 February 2020
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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 3,000 user and expert reviews and 30+ 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 $110 for the DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 2TB and a weight of 1kg 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 $160.

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
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
91%
91%
192 reviews
#3
United States
85%
85%
771 reviews
#4
83%
83%
15 reviews
#5
ioSafe
75%
75%
10 reviews
#6
74%
74%
0 reviews
#7
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#8
67%
67%
0 reviews
#9
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#10
OWC
64%
64%
0 reviews
#11
Verbatim
63%
63%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
63%
63%
0 reviews
#13
Transcend
61%
61%
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

There's a smaller selection of Buffalo external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 6 Buffalo external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Buffalo external hard drives also tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

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

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$169
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $799
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$160
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
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 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 80% and 89% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

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
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
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
computerbild.de logo
74%
2 reviews
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
mobimaniak.pl logo
90%
1 review
nasilemaktech.com logo
84%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
mobilegeeks.de logo
85%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
60%
33 reviews
58%
16 reviews
19%
3 reviews
48%
6 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
71%
47 reviews
78%
28 reviews
70%
11 reviews
61%
10 reviews
67%
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 received by 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
01net.com logo
1
1
1
1
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
1
1
Total
13
10
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,000 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 Mid-Range Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 - 2TB

$207.45
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Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 - 2TB
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Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 - 2TB
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
277g

A great mid range choice, priced at $207.45 is the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 - 2TB, which has a Kagoo Score of 79.

Features We Love:
USB powered
Password protection

A cheap and fully featured 277g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a password protection.

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

The cheapest price that we could find for the MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 - 2TB in the US is $207.45 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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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 Mid-Range Buffalo External Hard Drive?

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