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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Updated 29 October 2019 by Matthew
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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.

If you are thinking about buying a Buffalo external hard drive then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of external hard drive brands is compiled by analysing over 3,200 user and expert reviews and 40+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,000 external hard drives.

Buffalo are recognised for their good selection of mid-range and moderately popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at £45 for the MiniStation Slim - 1TB which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 140g and go up to £170 for the HD-PNFU3 - 4Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 4TB and a weight of 250g. The average price of a new Buffalo external hard drive is £93.

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%
759 reviews
#2
United States
93%
93%
192 reviews
#3
France
92%
92%
15 reviews
#4
91%
91%
15 reviews
#5
90%
90%
35 reviews
#6
China
89%
89%
19 reviews
#7
84%
84%
52 reviews
#8
Japan
81%
81%
0 reviews
#9
80%
80%
0 reviews
#10
WD
79%
79%
792 reviews
#11
76%
76%
7 reviews
#12
Transcend
73%
73%
0 reviews
#13
ioSafe
73%
73%
10 reviews
#14
Verbatim
72%
72%
0 reviews
#15
Maxtor
70%
70%
0 reviews
#16
70%
70%
0 reviews
#17
OWC
60%
60%
0 reviews
#18
ADATA
58%
58%
0 reviews
#19
Glyph
58%
58%
0 reviews
#20
2-Power
57%
57%
0 reviews
#21
Digittrade
55%
55%
0 reviews
#22
Samsung
South Korea
55%
55%
0 reviews
#23
Sony
Japan
55%
55%
0 reviews
#24
TechniSat
53%
53%
0 reviews
#25
Integral
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

There's a wide selection of Buffalo external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with 20 Buffalo external hard drives currently on the market in the UK. 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%.

Buffalo external hard drives tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£130
£0 £1,000 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000 £7,000 £8,000 £9,000 £178,999
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£93
£0 £1,000 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000 £7,000 £8,000 £9,000 £178,999
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
2
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 external hard drive brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 100% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Buffalo external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 80% and 89% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
itpc.net.pl logo
80%
1 review
wired.com logo
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
58%
30 reviews
48%
12 reviews
21%
4 reviews
45%
6 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
72%
47 reviews
83%
25 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
74%
8 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 given to 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo
01net.com logo
1
1
1
1
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
focus-numerique.fr logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
1
Total
13
12
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,200 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
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What is the Best Mid-Range Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo MiniStation HDD - 2TB

£72.87
Amazon UK
Buffalo MiniStation HDD - 2TB
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Buffalo MiniStation HDD - 2TB
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
225g

A great mid range choice, priced at £72.87 is the Buffalo MiniStation HDD - 2TB, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Very light (225g)
USB powered

A good value for money and fully featured 225g external hard drive, very good for a large amount of cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Age
3 Years Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the MiniStation HDD - 2TB in the UK is £72.87 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3

£121.38
Amazon UK
Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3
Buy Now
Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3
1TB
10,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
260g

If you're looking for a high end Buffalo external hard drive then the Buffalo HD-PA1.0TU3 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 84, but is a bit more expensive at £121.38.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (10,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered

A fully featured but a little out of date 260g external hard drive, great for a large amount of cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a data transfer rate of 10,000 Mbit/s.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Widely Available
77
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Age
19 Months Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the HD-PA1.0TU3 in the UK is £121.38 and in total we found 7 prices for it.

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Standard delivery: £3.49
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What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo HDPNF10U3BREU

£52.47
Ebuyer
Buffalo HDPNF10U3BREU
Buy Now
Buffalo HDPNF10U3BREU
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

At only £52.47 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the Buffalo HDPNF10U3BREU makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
USB powered
Very light (170g)
Password protection

A fully featured but a little out of date 170g external hard drive, very good for a large amount of cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a password protection.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Age
19 Months Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the HDPNF10U3BREU in the UK is £52.47 and in total we found 7 prices for it.

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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 High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Buffalo External Hard Drive?

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