Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt | from US$175.05 | www.buffalotech.com
while smartphones are getting a lot slimmer than we can remember, portable hard drives aren’t. instead of going on the infinite anorexic route, portable hard drives have something else to offer: speed and we do mean crazy speed. and thanks to pioneering design-focused company such as Apple, many peripherals makers are feeling the pressure to keep up with the looks department to go complement their speedy products. as such, we find ourselves drooling over the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt, a sleek aluminum-clad portable hard drive endowed with both of the current industry fastest transfer interfaces: Thunderbolt which offers up to 10 Gb/s of data transfer and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for up to 5 Gb/s. so whether your machine is equipped with Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, this baby will take it on. best of all, this drive is totally bus-powered which means your days with cumbersome, ugly, black power brick to power it is over. naturally, it works with both Mac (OS X 10.5 and up), as well as Windows XP and up). the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt comes in 500GB (HD-PA500TU3) and 1TB (HD-PA1.0TU3) capacities (unfortunately, solid state drive is not in the order) and carries a sticker starting from $175.05 and $220.26, respectively.