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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 16 January 2021
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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 4,600 user and expert reviews and 20 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 $79 for the Ministation - 1Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 170g and go up to $213 for the MiniStation Thunderbolt - 1Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 260g. The average price of a new Buffalo external hard drive is $146.

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%
65 reviews
#2
United States
92%
92%
1,457 reviews
#3
France
91%
91%
15 reviews
#4
86%
86%
14 reviews
#5
72%
72%
0 reviews
#6
66%
66%
0 reviews
#7
65%
65%
0 reviews
#8
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#9
DataLocker
62%
62%
0 reviews
#10
Verbatim
62%
62%
0 reviews
#11
ioSafe
61%
61%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
59%
59%
0 reviews
#13
Apricorn
54%
54%
1 review
#14
OWC
52%
52%
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 74%.

The average review score for a Buffalo external hard drive is 74%.

There's a smaller selection of Buffalo external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 12 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
$104
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$146
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $899
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
1
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 85% of user reviews for Buffalo external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 91% and 90% 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 Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power Buffalo
CNET.com logo
71%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
80%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
dgl.ru logo
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
93%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
razorman.net logo
98%
1 review
play3r.net logo
80%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
pcformat.pl logo
85%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
videotesty.pl logo
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
51%
7 reviews
70%
1 review
15%
2 reviews
57%
5 reviews
27%
2 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
79%
15 reviews
70%
11 reviews
57%
10 reviews
76%
8 reviews
77%
7 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 Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power Buffalo
01net.com logo
1
1
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
1
nikktech.com logo
1
1
eteknix.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
Expert Reviews logo
1
focus-numerique.fr logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
play3r.net logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
Total
6
1
5
4
7

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 4,600 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

very robust
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb

$141.88
Overstock
Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb
3TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg

A great mid range choice, priced at $141.88 is the Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.

Features We Love:
Fast hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
External power adapter

A fully featured and good value for money 1kg external hard drive.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Review of the Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 3TB External Hard Drive
Review of the Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 3TB External Hard Drive

The cheapest price that we could find for the DriveStation - 3Tb in the US is $141.88 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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$141.88
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1 Year Warranty
$154.99
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$158.67
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$229.99
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What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo DriveStation - 1Tb

$102.94
Overstock
Buffalo DriveStation - 1Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo DriveStation - 1Tb
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg

At only $102.94 and with a Kagoo Score of 79 the Buffalo DriveStation - 1Tb makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Fast hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
USB powered
External power adapter

A cheap and fully featured 1kg external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the DriveStation - 1Tb in the US is $102.94 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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2 Year Warranty
$102.94
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2 Year Warranty
$164.13
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2 Prices from 1 Store | $102.94 - $164.13
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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?
What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

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