Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC Review – External USB 3.0 Hard drive – unlocks with NFC

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This is a nice and very solidly constructed external hard drive from Buffalo. It can survive modest falls (off a desk, etc) and is water and dust resistant. The drive connects to a PC or Mac via USB 3.0. and is powered over the USB bus. This drive employs a traditional spinning hard drive and not an SSD, so speeds come in around 100 megabytes per second on both reads and writes.

The most interesting feature of the drive is its on board encryption. The drive can be unlocked via a password, and/or by an included passcard that has an integrated near field communication (NFC) chip. Placing the card on top of the drive will unlock it and automatically mount it on a Mac or Windows desktop. I do highly recommend to secure the drive with both a password and the NFC card, because it will be impossible to unlock the drive if the card is lost.

And that’s my only real gripe with this device — it doesn’t work with any NFC devices beyond the included card. It doesn’t support the many Android phones that have NFC chips built in. Expanding NFC support to other devices would make this feature much more useful.

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DISCLOSURE: Buffalo provided me with a product sample for this review.


Dave Stewart says:

Great little review, thank you! None of the other reviews that I’ve seen have actually showed video of users moving files to the disk, so it was good see that it just operates like a normal disk in the explorer, and you don’t need any specialist file transfer program to make it work (like you do with a phone, for example). Cheers!

Gary A says:

i like the idea of this, would come in handy for my personal files needed for work. thanks for the share lon 😀

PizzaParty9 says:

hmm interesting  implementation of NFC

Lars Nieuwdorp says:

I want to buy it. Can I buy it on Amazon? It looks like a great hard drive

Mauricio Ortiz says:

Not bad at a in terms od speed for a spinnig drive. Good review Lon! I never bought a drive from Buffalo brand. How reliable are they?

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