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The Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is quite extremeCNET editor Dong Ngo explains why the MiniStation Extreme NFC's awesome security feature has no effect on him. Mostly because he doesn't care.
Hi guys, this is **** Ngo here and this is the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC Portable Drive. Now, this one's quite large, about twice the size as the typical drive for From Seagate right here. But before you go all hating on it, well it's large for a reason. First, it comes with a layer of protection. It has a rugged chassis and multiple bundles on the inside Media rates the shock away from the interior drive on the inside. And that means this drive here can survive a drop from some 1.2 meter high, or four foot. It's also dust and water resistant. And that's why it comes with this built in USB cable. Very conveniently for you to use, without you having to carry a separate one around. Now, if that does not impress you yet. Well there is this label right here. It's to indicate that you can use an NFC, or near field communication device to open the drive. But why open it? Well the drive features 256-bit AES full disc encryption. To protect data on the inside from unauthorized access or in case you lose it. By default the drive works in the open mode but it can easy change the secure mode using this mode changer software. Now note that changing from one mode to another will require reformatting. So you want to do this before putting any data on the drive. Now in the secure mode, you can pick a password and can also register an NFC device as a key. Now the drive includes this smart card here to use with it, but you can also use a mobile device such as a smartphone. And speaking of smartphones, you might wonder if the iPhone 6 will work with it. Well, let's try. No it doesn't. And that's because with the iPhone 6 and 6+, the NFC function is used strictly only for Apple Pay for now. But an Android phone, however, will work. So there you go. The Buffalo here is large for good reason. Now comes the performance. Well, in my testing was quite fast with a sustained real world speed of More than 110 MB per second for writing and close to 120 MB per second for reading via USB 3.0. Now the drive also works with USB 2.0. Note that in my testing, the mode changer software didn't work with all of the older Windows computer. So maybe [UNKNOWN] with just the newer USB 2.0 and able computers only. Okay, the price. The Buffalo Rainbow in two capacities, one terabyte, and two terabyte. That's $130 and $200 respectively. That expensive compared to other purple drive of the same capacity. But the drive here does come with features that others don't. And if I'm on the drive here, check out my full review at cnet.com. Basically if you intend to carry along information that you don't want others to see. Well, this one is the drive for you. That means it's not for me, and not because I have nothing to hide, but because I just don't care. For example, the video your watching right now feel free to show it to as many people as you want, I would not take it personal and that's because I'm **** Ngo and this has been the first look at the Buffalo MiniStation. Extreme and obscene turbo drive. [MUSIC]