We think Buffalo’s Linkstations are the best network attached storage solutions out there for the home or small office user, so we are excited to hear they are coming out with a mini version that accepts up to 2 500GB 2.5″ disks for a total storage capacity of a terabyte and supports RAID 1 mirroring and RAID 0 striping in a package measuring just 40mm x 82mm x 135mm (1.6″ x 3.2″ x 5.3″) and weighing 1.1lb
No word yet on price, but the Linkstation Mini will be available in May.
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AUSTIN, TX â€“ April 8, 2008 â€“ Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced the latest addition to its high performance line of storage devices: the dual drive LinkStation Mini (LS-WS1.0TGL/R1). With its sleek, compact and light form factor, the new LinkStation Mini puts a massive 1TB in the palm of your hand while offering the same great features and protection that Buffaloâ€™s award-winning NAS devices are known for.
The new LinkStation Mini is the perfect space-saving solution for storing and sharing large amounts of digital content. Best of all, its dual drive configuration provides complete data redundancy through RAID 1. In addition, users with a large media library will appreciate the included DLNA server by TwonkyVision, so they can stream files through any DLNA compatible media player.
To best enjoy your multimedia content, the LinkStation Mini is built without any fan. This fan-less design ensures absolutely quiet operation. The fan-less design is also a big plus if the unit is placed on a desk.
Low power consumption goes hand in hand with the fan-less design, resulting in only 10W overall in operational mode- a benefit to those who leave the unit running day and night.
â€œThe number of computer peripherals needed to keep up with todayâ€™s fast-paced digital world seems to add up daily,â€ said Takayuki Nishioka, CEO of Buffalo Technology, USA. â€œBusinesses and consumers alike are seeking space saving solutions with the same level of performance and features as standard-sized NAS devices. The new LinkStation Mini is the ideal storage networking solution for these customers because itâ€™s compact and easy-to-use, yet robust, feature-rich and extremely cost effective.â€
The LinkStation Mini includes Buffaloâ€™s own Web Access feature, which allows users to easily access content stored on the device from anywhere in the world via a web browser. It also includes a Remote Power Feature, which can power up the unit remotely with the included Navigator software. The extra USB port allows users to add an additional external hard drive for expanded capacity or a printer that can then be shared via the integrated print server. It also supports UPS so the unit can gracefully shutdown in the event of a power failure. The product measures only 1.57 x 3.22 x 5.31 inches and weighs a slight 1.1 pounds.
Other features of the LinkStation Mini include:
Â· 10/100/1000Mbps auto sensing Ethernet port
Â· Two 5,400RPM 2.5 inch notebook drives.
Â· Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
Â· Active Directory Support
Pricing and Availability
Backed by a limited one-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 technical support, the 1TB LinkStation Mini (LS-WS1.0TGL/R1) will be available in May at an estimated street price of $699. The device can be purchased through distributors, online resellers and Buffaloâ€™s web site. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the companyâ€™s Web site at www.buffalotech.com.
About Buffalo Technology
Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit www.buffalotech.com.