Buffalo Thunderbolt Adapter
All the Macs we have in our house have Thunderbolt ports on them that don’t really get used, because other than the Thunderbolt Display from Apple, there haven’t been a lot of Thunderbolt accessories on the market for general home use. I did do a review of a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter (see related posts at the end of this review), but that disk didn’t operate at true Thunderbolt speeds. I was excited to be selected when Buffalo Tech offered The Gadgeteer one of their MiniStation Thunderbolt (HD-PATU3) external disks for review. Let’s give it a closer look.
The MiniStation Thunderbolt disk has both a Thunderbolt and a USB 3.0 interface, and it comes with a cable for each. The picture (above) shows the 20″ Thunderbolt cable (left) and the 19.5″ USB 3.0 cable (right), along with a couple of booklets that come with the MiniStation.
The MiniStation Thunderbolt has a sandblasted aluminum bottom and sides and a frosted white translucent plastic top. It’s available in 500GB or 1TB sizes. I received the 500GB size. It measures 3″ X 5″ X 0.65″ and weighs 8.6 ounces on my digital kitchen scale.
According to the Buffalo Tech site, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is compatible with computers running: Mac OS® X 10.5 – 10.7, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server® 2003 R2 (32-bit), Windows Server® 2008 (32/64-bit), Windows Server® 2008 R2 (64-bit). Out of the box, the disk is formatted for use with Mac OS X machines. An instruction sheet walks you through formatting it for use with a Windows computer. Specifications also indicate that the MiniStation Thunderbolt is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine for computer backups.
The exterior of the disk is very sleek, with no buttons or lights visible on the top or sides. This shiny aluminum and bright white disk enclosure is one of the hardest things I’ve had to try to photograph. Because of glare and because everything is so similar in color, you can’t see the white Buffalo name screened on the side of the disk in the above picture. You can get a better idea of how it looks from the image on the box (see the lead photo).
The two black C shapes on the bottom are rubber feet. The black bar on the right side conceals a white light that indicates when the disk is powered or accessed.
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