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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 10 June 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 3,200 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 $121 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 $164.

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. 3 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Buffalo is the 3rd best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
92%
92%
192 reviews
#3
82%
82%
15 reviews
#4
United States
82%
82%
745 reviews
#5
ioSafe
75%
75%
10 reviews
#6
73%
73%
0 reviews
#7
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#8
67%
67%
0 reviews
#9
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#10
Verbatim
63%
63%
0 reviews
#11
Transcend
61%
61%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
58%
58%
0 reviews
#13
OWC
57%
57%
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 more expensive than most other external hard drive brands making them 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
$138
$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
$164
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $799
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 83% 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
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
gadgetgear.nl logo
90%
3 reviews
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
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
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
back2gaming.com logo
91%
1 review
89%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
techtickerblog.com logo
60%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
53%
17 reviews
21%
4 reviews
42%
5 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
72%
47 reviews
81%
30 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
75%
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
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
3
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
nikktech.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
Other Expert Sites
8
5
2
Total
13
19
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,200 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
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