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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 09 March 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 4,200 user and expert reviews and 10 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 $147.

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%
43 reviews
#2
United States
93%
93%
1,453 reviews
#3
France
91%
91%
0 reviews
#4
86%
86%
14 reviews
#5
73%
73%
0 reviews
#6
66%
66%
0 reviews
#7
65%
65%
0 reviews
#8
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#9
DataLocker
63%
63%
0 reviews
#10
Verbatim
62%
62%
0 reviews
#11
ioSafe
61%
61%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
60%
60%
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

At an average purchase price of $147, Buffalo external hard drives tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands. Buffalo also 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.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$104
$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
$147
$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 95% 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 A-DATA Silicon Power Seagate Buffalo
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
videotesty.pl logo
80%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
93%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
stuff.tv/my/ logo
80%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
razorman.net logo
98%
1 review
pokde.net logo
80%
1 review
play3r.net logo
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
80%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
pcformat.pl logo
85%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
stuff.tv logo
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
70%
8 reviews
19%
3 reviews
30%
2 reviews
80%
4 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
81%
22 reviews
61%
10 reviews
75%
7 reviews
82%
6 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 A-DATA Silicon Power Seagate Buffalo
01net.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
pokde.net logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
play3r.net logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
Total
7
5
7
2

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 4,200 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

What is the Best High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb

$154.99
Overstock
Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb
3TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
950g

If you're looking for a high end Buffalo external hard drive then the Buffalo DriveStation - 3Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 79, but is a bit more expensive at $154.99.

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

A fully featured and good value for money 950g external hard drive.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
79
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 $154.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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$154.99
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3 Year Warranty
$158.67
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$229.99
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$209.99
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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
540g

At only $102.94 and with a Kagoo Score of 80 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 540g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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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Sorry, no matching prices found.
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 High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

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