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Buffalo refreshes its LinkStation Duo NAS server

Buffalo releases a new LinkStation Duo NAS server that offers a large amount of storage and ease of use for home and small office environments.

The LinkStation Duo from Buffalo at CES 2010. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Buffalo Technology announced Friday at CES a refresh of its popular LinkStation Duo NAS server, which is designed for the home or small business environments.

The new NAS server has a new, sleek look with two front access bays that allow for user to change and swap out hard drives. Buffalo makes it very easy for users, as the hard drives can be installed without any tools and don't require trays. Instead, all you have to do is just insert the drive into the bay and close the latch that's designed to hold it firmly in place.

The new Buffalo LinkStation Duo is DLNA-certified, allowing it to stream content to any DLNA-compatible media devices, such as a computer or a game console. Plus, it can also acts as an iTunes server to host music for the iTunes software

The top selling point of the the LinkStation Duo is the fact that it supports Apple Time Machine and Apple Bonjour, making it well-suited for Mac environments. For people on the go, the new NAS server can also be accessed remotely over the Internet via a browser.

Buffalo claims that the LinkStation Duo offers thoughput performance up to 40MB/s, which is about as fast as that of a USB 2.0 external hard drive. Two hard drives of the server can be set up in either RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations.

The new LinkStation Duo is available now in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities that cost $260, $340, and $500, respectively.