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Buffalo MiniStation Velocity 960GB external SSD Review

The Buffalo MiniStation Velocity ships in a compact box with a good clear image of the drive on the front along with a life-size portion of the drive to show how slim it is. Also featured on the front of the box is a sticker showing the drives capacity, read/write performance figures and which cables come in the box.

The rear of the box has a small graph showing how many times faster than a standard HDD the Velocity is and three panels displaying information about the bundled cables, how the drive is shock resistant and the encryption software.

The encryption software, Buffalo's SecureLock Mobile2, and a disk formatting utility aren't actually installed on the drive but a direct link to the appropriate download section of the Buffalo website is.

One side of the box displays technical specifications for the drive and what's bundled in the box while the other has more details about the SecureLock Mobile2 utility and multilingual descriptions of what the drive is.

The MiniStation Velocity uses a very slimline enclosure, just 8.8mm thick and weighing just 100g, is perfectly sized for your pocket. On the top of the drive at the end where the USB Micro B port is there is a red flash which you might assume to be the drive activity indicator but no, it's just a red flash. The actually drive activity indicator is a tiny white LED housed in one corner of the drive, near to the port itself.

Buffalo supply both micro B to A and micro B to C cables with the drive.

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