The Buffalo DriveStation Combo is an external storage device that provides a whopping 500GB of storage space for just £99 (there's also a 250GB model available for just £69).

It may look a bit dull compared to rivals such as LaCie's Brick, or the MyBook from Western Digital, but the Buffalo DriveStation Combo's slimline design is also quite handy, as it allows you to sit the drive in any convenient spot on your desk.

The 'combo' part of the Buffalo DriveStation Combo's name refers to the fact that the DriveStation has both FireWire and USB ports, so you can connect it to the FireWire port on your Mac if all your USB ports are already in use (and both FireWire and USB cables are included in the box).

You do get Windows-based software with the Buffalo DriveStation Combo, but it is really very simple to use regardless. Click here for reviews of dedicated backup software.

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Buffalo DriveStation Combo: Specs

  • Internal drives: drive interface SATA
  • hard drive sizes: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, total capacity: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB
  • rotational speed: 7200 RPM. Interface: USB 2.0/IEEE1394
  • connector: USB Series A/ 4 and 6-pin IEEE1394
  • 1 USB, 2 IEEE1394 ports
  • max data-transfer rates: 480Mbps (High-Speed Mode)
  • 400Mbps (FireWire 400 Mode)
  • 12Mbps (Full-Speed Mode)
  • power consumption: max 25W, average 17W
  • 46x201x163mm
  • 1.3kg
  • Internal drives: drive interface SATA
  • hard drive sizes: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, total capacity: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB
  • rotational speed: 7200 RPM. Interface: USB 2.0/IEEE1394
  • connector: USB Series A/ 4 and 6-pin IEEE1394
  • 1 USB, 2 IEEE1394 ports
  • max data-transfer rates: 480Mbps (High-Speed Mode)
  • 400Mbps (FireWire 400 Mode)
  • 12Mbps (Full-Speed Mode)
  • power consumption: max 25W, average 17W
  • 46x201x163mm
  • 1.3kg

OUR VERDICT

Perhaps it's not the most stylish external hard drive, but the Buffalo DriveStation Combo offers plenty of storage for your money. And the slimline design is useful.

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