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Should You Buy a Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 16 June 2020
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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 3,900 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 HDD - 1TB which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 165g and go up to £162 for the DriveStation Velocity HD-LXU3 - 6TB which has a hard drive capacity of 6TB and a weight of 950g. The average price of a new Buffalo external hard drive is £97.

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%
745 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#3
France
91%
91%
15 reviews
#4
90%
90%
15 reviews
#5
88%
88%
29 reviews
#6
China
83%
83%
19 reviews
#7
Japan
79%
79%
0 reviews
#8
77%
77%
0 reviews
#9
WD
74%
74%
792 reviews
#10
73%
73%
7 reviews
#11
DataLocker
73%
73%
2 reviews
#12
ioSafe
72%
72%
10 reviews
#13
Transcend
72%
72%
0 reviews
#14
Verbatim
70%
70%
0 reviews
#15
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
68%
68%
52 reviews
#17
Maxtor
67%
67%
0 reviews
#18
OWC
61%
61%
0 reviews
#19
ADATA
60%
60%
0 reviews
#20
Samsung
South Korea
59%
59%
0 reviews
#21
Glyph
57%
57%
0 reviews
#22
Apricorn
57%
57%
1 review
#23
Apacer
57%
57%
0 reviews
#24
Lenovo
China
55%
55%
0 reviews
#25
Integral
53%
53%
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 £97, Buffalo external hard drives tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands which makes them 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 24 Buffalo external hard drives currently on the market in the UK.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£150
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £899
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£97
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £899
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
7
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
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 brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 89% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Buffalo external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 81% 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Buffalo
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
100%
2 reviews
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
stuff.tv/my/ logo
80%
1 review
themobileindian.com logo
60%
1 review
komputer.dk logo
37%
1 review
komputer.no logo
37%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
56%
15 reviews
9%
1 review
77%
5 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
82%
26 reviews
70%
11 reviews
54%
10 reviews
92%
8 reviews

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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Buffalo
01net.com logo
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
ferra.ru logo
1
f1cd.ru logo
1
Ephotozine logo
1
datormagazin.se logo
1
Other Expert Sites
3
1
Total
13
12
1
5

How Reliable Are Buffalo External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,900 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

external hard drive boasting an excellent build quality
Techradar
very robust
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 8Tb

£210.97
Quzo
Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 8Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 8Tb
8TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
950g

A great mid range choice, priced at £210.97 is the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 8Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 84.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (8TB)
Very fast hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
USB powered
External power adapter

A fully loaded and hard drive capacity 950g external hard drive, great for ALL the cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.

95
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Age
3 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the DriveStation Velocity - 8Tb in the UK is £210.97 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

Searching for prices in the UK
Sorry, no matching prices found.
£210.97
Delivery unknown
Go to Store
£212.12
Go to Store
£284.90
Go to Store
£284.90
Go to Store
4 Prices from 4 Stores | £210.97 - £284.90
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What is the Best High End Buffalo External Hard Drive?

Buffalo MiniStation Safe - 4Tb

£117.57
PC World Business
Buffalo MiniStation Safe - 4Tb
Buy Now
Buffalo MiniStation Safe - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
250g

If you're looking for a high end Buffalo external hard drive then the Buffalo MiniStation Safe - 4Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 85, but is a bit more expensive at £117.57.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered
Password protection

A fully featured and classic 250g external hard drive, with a reasonable price. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered. Customers report that this external hard drive isstrong and durable.

94
Reviews
12 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
75
Age
3 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Buffalo MiniStation Safe - 4Tb has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 85%, based on 12 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the MiniStation Safe - 4Tb in the UK is £117.57 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Sorry, no matching prices found.
£117.57
Delivery unknown
Go to Store
Out of stock
£128.99
Delivery unknown
Go to Store
£157.32
Delivery unknown
Go to Store
Amazon A-Z Guarantee
£168.26
FREE Standard delivery
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Amazon A-Z Guarantee
£185.00
FREE Standard delivery
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5 Prices from 4 Stores | £117.57 - £185.00
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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?

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