There's nothing better at the end of a long hot day than kicking back. Even theneeds to relax, and the Buffalo Dualie helps it look good doing it.
The Dualie combines external 500GB hard drive, iPod dock and USB hub in one two-tone package. Hard drive and iPhone recline in the sleek black and silver dock like a couple of dandies just chillin' out. Yep, just syncing, backing up and charging at the end of a hard day spent rockin' data and lookin' good doin' it.
Sliding the iPhone 3G and 3GS into the Dualie's port automatically syncs and charges the phone. We dropped a brand new iPhone 4 in there and the Dualie didn't even break stride, the 4 soaking up juice like it was an August bank holiday.
The Dualie sports a standard iPod connector, with adaptors for different generations of iPod and iPhone -- the iPhone 4 slots in with no need for an adaptor. 2.5-inch Buffalo hard drives slot into the USB connection. The hard drive itself also has a FireWire connection for super-fast file transfer, but that requires taking it out of the dock; you could always shove it in upside down but that might spoil the aesthetic.
The Dualie is also a USB hub with two spare USB sockets -- handy for Macs which tend to be a bit light on USB connections. It works with PCs, but the natural habitat is next to a glossy Mac.
The Buffalo Dualie comes with 500GB -- iPhone 4 sold separately -- and is available from the Apple Store for £170.