As the name suggests, the Buffalo DriveStation comes with a Turbo USB feature. Buffalo claims that optimizations were done to reduce the amount of overhead that a standard USB driver usually introduces during normal data transfer, and supposedly results in faster throughput and improved performance of up to 37%.
We'll put this feature to the test to see if the claims hold up. The Turbo USB function of the DrivesStation has to be manually activated via the bundled CD, which installs a special driver to enable the overdrive mode. The CD also provides the Memeo auto backup software and the SecureLockWare (for encrypting your backup data).
The Buffalo DriveStation Turbo USB package comes with the following accessories:
While the Seagate FreeAgent Pro does not have the Turbo USB feature of the Buffalo, it does come with an eSATA port in addition to the standard USB 2.0 port. Strangely enough, an eSATA cable was not included in the package. Otherwise, the FreeAgent Pro is usable right out of the box and scores points for its gorgeous design. Enclosed in a shiny dark metal brown casing with a nifty orange glow, the FreeAgent Pro is a sleek model that could pose as a designer art piece. The overall design however makes the FreeAgent Pro one of the larger and heavier external storage drives around. Unlike the FreeAgent Go, the Pro was really meant to be a desk-bound version and as a result the big difference in drive designs. The pedestal of the FreeAgent Pro also has a touch-sensitive power button, but take note that you require to hold it a little longer than expected to activate it.
The FreeAgent Pro external drive comes packed with the bundled software already installed inside, so there's no need to hunt down the installation CD, which also means there's also no real worry when using the FreeAgent Pro on another computer. The Freeagent software provides a host of features including the ability to adjust the drive sleep interval and the lighting settings for the FreeAgent Pro. Lastly, the power adapter is small and compact; less to lug around!
The Seagate FreeAgent Pro comes with the following accessories: