Buffalo DriveStation Velocity review

A blisteringly fast USB 3.0 external drive

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  • Fast
  • Large capacity
  • Great build quality


  • Included software not great

External hard drives are great for quickly and easily boosting your computer's storage space, and thanks to their easy portability they are ideal for backing up important files and folders.

Their biggest problem was speed, but thankfully the popularity of the fast USB 3.0 interface has helped narrow the gap between internal and external drives.

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity is a sturdy and attractively designed device with a USB 3.0 interface.

There's no 'on' button, just an LED to tell you the drive's status, a USB 3.0 port, power supply and a small gap for a Kensington lock to be installed for extra security. There is also a small fan to keep the drive cool which produces a little noise, but won't be too noticeable.

Our test drive came with a huge 2 terabytes of storage space, though models in 1TB and 3TB sizes are also available.

Speeds were excellent, with an average write speed of 156MB/s. A folder containing 455 files, with a total size of 2.08GB, took just 49 seconds to copy over.


This is a fast, no-nonsense, external hard drive boasting an excellent build quality. If you're looking for a new external drive then we heartily recommend the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyDriveStation Axis Velocity
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width3.5"
Brand NameBuffalo
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity2 TB
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Height38.1 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth190.5 mm
Product SeriesVelocity
ManufacturerBuffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product ModelHD-LXU3
Product NameDriveStation Axis Velocity HD-LXU3 Hard Drive
Product LineDriveStation Axis
Manufacturer Part NumberHD-LX2.0TU3-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Marketing Information

DriveStation Axis Velocity HD-LBU3 is an easy to use external hard drive designed for simple and secure storage and backup. Equipped with a high speed 7200 RPM hard drive and USB 3.0 support, he HD-LXU3 boasts extremely fast file transfers and is backward compatible with USB 3.0 for use with nearly any PC or Mac. Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption offers government-grade protection so you can rest assured your data is safe.

Packaged Quantity1
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1 kg