Buffalo is back with the MiniStation Cobalt, a new, smaller USB 3.0 drive capable of speeds up to 5 Gbps, said to be ten times faster than USB 2.0. Back in October, we showcased the first external hard drive with USB 3.0, available in 1T and 1.5TB flavors from Buffalo. The MiniStation Cobalt has a 2.5-inch drive and is powered through the USB bus.
The Cobalt is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 and is compatible with Mac and PC. It comes with TurboPC to boost transfer speeds from a PC by about 26% compared to other USB 3.0 drives. The new MiniStation drive will have 500 GB and 640 GB versions, but pricing hasn't been released yet.