Published on May 29th, 2015 | by Greg0
Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC: Shock, Dust, & Water Protection
Digital storage might seem resilient- solid hardware protecting your bits and bytes, hefty metal casing that feels far more secure than a stack of papers or photos. Your documents might be fragile in other forms, but surely they’re safe on your desktop, laptop, or in the cloud. But disks die, and the cloud has it’s own security issues, meaning that having a good backup hard drive can make all of the difference between losing some valuable files or keeping them handy.
The Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is a portable USB 3.0 hard drive available in two different capacities- 1 TB (as tested) or 2 terabytes. It’s a big larger than most other disks, and a little more expensive for the same capacity, but Buffalo included a few features that set it apart and make it worth the money. For starters, it’s plenty fast- up to 120 MB/s on sustained file transfers- though of course the backward-compatible USB 2.0 will definitely slow things down.
One of the coolest bits is the integrated cable, so you don’t need to worry about bringing, or losing, one. Mil-spec shock protection helps protects against drops up to two meters, with a ruggedized chassis and specialized internal bumpers. Compared to the older sister model, this sleeker, newer one also is water (IPX3) and dust resistant (IPX5). Plus, they’ve included NFC capabilities for unlocking with an included smart card. If you lose the card, though, you’re in a tough spot- and the drive doesn’t work with any other NFC devices. 256-bit hardware encryption is available if you want to protect from theft with a password or using the card.
If you’re looking for something wireless, Buffalo has your back for that as well, and we’ve liked their NAS devices in the past too. But if you need a portable, USB backup drive, the MiniStation Extreme line offers an impressive three year warranty. Despite the durable heft, you’ll won’t be weighed down by the ten ounces in your purse or bag. The included software is probably the only sore spot, with it’s old-school user interface and somewhat limited functionality. We would’ve liked a more grippy material. But for $130 or so, the MiniStation Extreme is available now, online and in stores.