It seems that every time a major lawsuit is launched against a plethora of companies, Buffalo is the first to get hit. Like the one about the WiFi patents from Australia like a year or two ago, Buffalo got hit first and hardest, now SanDisk is suing everyone and their brother in a new flash drive lawsuit and Buffalo gets hit first.
Have you noticed the popularity of FireWire is slowly declining in PC industry? Take 1394B or FW 800 for example, you don’t see them anymore. I have a 5-year old Abit mobo with four FireWires built-in, pair of 800 and 400 each, but you barely get one with FW400 these days. Pity, I like the speed of FireWire better than USB 2.0 when it comes to external drive or card reader. But there’s one better than both, the Esata.
Blu-ray is not only started to show dominant in CE fields, I have a feeling that future releases in PC industry will focus more on sole Blu-Ray recorder than the combo drive with HD-DVD. Take Buffalo for example, they will roll out three new Blu-Ray burners late of this month, one external with USB and two sata-internal drives. Yes, they have announced a combo drive back in CES with ability to read HD-DVD as well, but that was the beginning of HD-DVD downfall.
So I met with Buffalo at CES, and then shortly after they were kind enough to send me their LinkStation Pro Duo for review. I must say I am impressed, it is quite squarely aimed at business users, but for home users, it has some fairly useful features as well.
Back in August we showed you the dual Blu-Ray and HD-DVD USB drive Buffalo were planning on launching in Japan, and lamented its absence elsewhere in the world; well, at CES 2008 they're announcing US availability, meaning that the format-indecisive can take their pick from both new standards, as well as the old favourites CD and DVD.
Solid state drives are still quite expensive, however it has many advantages such as lower operating power consumption and generates less heat. Now, 2.5-inch SSD is nice but for an external storage, the smaller the better; so Buffalo made the SHD-UHRS external SSD with smaller dimensions in mind. The external USB 2.0 drive is almost the same size as a credit card and comes with 100GB of drive space. This 60 grams external SSD drive will cost you a hefty 100.000 Yen or around $885.
When muslix64 from Doom9 cracked the HD-DVD content protection (AACS) I doubt he was planning to duplicate the 30GB hd content on a USB stick. But now he can. The latest flash jumpdrive from Buffalo reach 32Gb of storage space and features ultra fast TurboUSB that boosts transfer speeds 20 percent past other external flash drives. It supports wide range of OS and comes with password protected automated backups program for Windows user. It has size of W19×H14×D91mm and weighs in 20g.
If you've never heard of DD-WRT, it's a gamer's best friend. More specifically, it is a firmware that can be used on many popular routers to give you greater control over it. I've personally installed it on a cheap Buffalo router and currently use it to make my Xbox 360 connect to the internet wirelessly without having to purchase Microsoft's $100 adapter. Like I said, a gamer's best friend.
Apparently Buffalo has noticed a trend in people hacking their routers with this firmware, so they've decided to offer the first commercial router with DD-WRT preinstalled. I must commend Buffalo on this decision, as the DD-WRT firmware isn't just good for making a cheap wireless card for your 360 (or any other device with an ethernet port) but it also is a bit more secure than what you'll find installed on many routers.
Still haven't figured out who's going to win the battle to be the official standard for HD discs? Don't worry, no one really knows. If you don't want to make a decision but still have the ability to watch your favorite movies in HD, check out this new drive from Buffalo.
Do you remember those old PCs that had Turbo buttons? I barely do, I think they were just a little before my time. Then again, I was playing with a Mac, so I didn't really mess with PCs back then. If you've missed the days of speeding things up with just the press of a Turbo button, you'll be happy to hear that Buffalo is bringing it back.