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Published on May 29th, 2015 | by Greg

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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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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