Buffalo is a vendor we have followed for many years and have reviewed a fair amount of products from them. Their products range from NAS platforms to portable drives, dabbling in networking with switches and routers.
Buffalo recently introduced two new flash-based portable drives to the market, with the SSD-PG, house today and the SSD-PUT, which we will review shortly. The PG is a 2.5" form factor solution using an internal SATA connection pushed out to USB 3.2 via a micro-b connection. It's being marketed as a game drive and all-purpose backup drive and has both 500GB and 1TB capacities available. Performance is rated at 400 MB/s which is a good bit quicker than rotating media.
MSRP of the Buffalo SSD-PG in the 1TB capacity carries an MSRP of $114.99.
Packaging is quite simple, brown, with branding and model number at the top.
Included in our kit, we have reading materials, USB 3.0 cable with an included USB-C adapter, and the drive itself.
The drive has a matte black appearance, plastic shell with an embossed logo at the bottom.
The edge houses the USB 3.2 connection.
On the bottom, Buffalo has detailed their recovery service that is included with the drive.
Looking at the drive through disk info, we see the UASP interface and features along with drive health.
Factory formatting is with NTFS; this gives a capacity of 953 GB.
Testing the drive performance, we have 421 MB/s read and 352 MB/ write from the PG.
While it's certainly not the quickest portable solution to be tested here at TweakTown., the PG could offer a budget-minded solution for gamers with its 1TB capacity under $100. The drive internally is an SMI design, which has been thoroughly tested in other SATA solutions on the market, so we expect solid reliability from this solution.
Performance could have been better but does offer a significant upgrade over rotating media drives with its 421 MB/s reads. Adding to this, Buffalo's recovery service stands behind its product should you have any random failure during its warranty period.
- System: Xenia 14
The Bottom Line
The SSD-PG is a value oriented option offering a solid top capacity of 1TB for your general purpose needs.