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The Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 ($84.99 list) is a speedy, compact portable hard drive with svelte 3.4 by 5 by 0.6-inch (HWD) dimensions. This card-sized drive should easily fit in any commuter or travel bag you carry your laptop in. Fast transfer speeds cap this drive off as a competitive contender in the mobile arena. The Cobalt (model number HD-PEU3) comes with a detachable USB 3.0 cable that hooks up to your PC. The end that plugs into the drive is one of the new USB 3.0 Mini-B connectors, which are incompatible with Micro or mini-B connectors used on older hard drives. The drive uses one of the new USB 3.0-compatible cables, so you can't reuse old USB 2.0 cables if you lose the one that came with the drive. The Cobalt will work with USB 2.0 ports, so it's backwards compatible with just about any recent PC or Mac; just at the slower USB 2.0 transfer speeds (more about that later). The Cobalt only weighs 6.5 oz. (about 0.4 lb.), so it won't add any significant weight to your bag. It's encased in shiny black plastic, and doesn't come in any other colors. The drive comes pre-formatted for FAT32, so it can work with both Macs and Windows PCs, but you will want to reformat it to HFS+ (Mac) or NTFS (Windows) if you store files larger than 4GB (FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit).
The Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 is a great deal for a USB 3.0-ready computer. If your computer lacks USB 3.0, however, you won't be able to take advantage of the drive's fast speed. At around $130 (the 500GB version) or $180 (the 640GB version), the MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 is one of the most affordable USB 3.0-based portable hard drives on the market. Nonetheless, if your laptop doesn't support USB 3.0, yet, which most of the existing one don't, you'll be possibly better off going for the slightly more expensive Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 that includes a USB 3.0 PC card. If you want something that also supports FireWire, check out the new Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex, which comes with optional adapters that collectively support all existing types of storage connections. The MiniStation Cobalt is a sleek-looking yet frills-free portable storage solution. The device is housed in a glossy black chassis with rounded corners. It has four tiny rubber feet on its bottom to keep it grounded on any surface but is compact enough to fit in any pocket.