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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 11 September 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 5,100 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 $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. 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
United States
95%
95%
1,512 reviews
#2
United States
93%
93%
73 reviews
#3
87%
87%
14 reviews
#4
France
74%
74%
0 reviews
#5
71%
71%
0 reviews
#6
67%
67%
3 reviews
#7
67%
67%
0 reviews
#8
Rocstor
65%
65%
1 review
#9
DataLocker
63%
63%
0 reviews
#10
Verbatim
63%
63%
0 reviews
#11
ioSafe
62%
62%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
57%
57%
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 $148, Buffalo external hard drives tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers. Buffalo also 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 13 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 $449
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
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 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 Western Digital A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo Rocstor
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
gadgetgear.nl logo
90%
2 reviews
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
Techradar logo
65%
2 reviews
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
70%
2 reviews
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
160%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
stuff.tv/my/ logo
80%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
komputer.no logo
37%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
techradar.com/au/ logo
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
komputer.dk logo
37%
1 review
indiatoday.in logo
75%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
40%
5 reviews
20%
1 review
45%
2 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
84%
18 reviews
53%
11 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 A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo Rocstor
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
01net.com logo
1
PC Mag logo
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
in.pcmag.com logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
2
Total
10
7
8
1

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 5,100 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
950g

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 cheap and fully featured 950g external hard drive.

81
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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2 Year Warranty
$141.88
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1 Year Warranty
$154.99
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3 Year Warranty
$158.67
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3 Year Warranty
$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 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 fully featured and good value for money 540g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.

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 - 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
Go to Store
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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