Buffalo launches its new portable external storage unit . A 2.5″ hard drive with capacities of 500GB and 1TB, both options are mechanical disks, no SSDs. What is most remarkable about this storage unit is, besides the design that perfectly matches Apple equipment, are the two available connections: USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
Unlike other manufacturers, Buffalo doesn’t settle for one and leave the other out. With its HD-PATU3 model we will be able to use the disk in any computer with USB connection since it is retrocompatible with the standard 2.0 but if we also have the fast Thunderbolt connection port as well. All this without forgetting that, as far as it seems, we will finally have USB 3.0 connection in the next Apple computers.
At the moment we have no information about the price that both models will cost or the availability. We are afraid that by using the Thunderbolt connection the price will go up, but hopefully not too much as the hard disk is not SSD which we know also makes the product more expensive.
A device to keep in mind if you’re thinking of buying a new portable external storage unit and also renewing your Mac with the more than predictable models we’ll see next Monday during WWDC 2012. And if you see that the Thunderbolt port is not going to take advantage of it at the moment, or if you are not convinced by the price, you can always resort to an interesting model that we already talked about at Apple, Frrecom Mobile Drive MG.