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Buffalo Busts Out Tiny NAS

U.K. startup Buffalo Technology took the wraps off a diminutive 1-Tbyte storage device this week, which the vendor touts as the worlds smallest NAS.

The LinkStation Mini, which is around the size of a video cassette, consists of two 500-Gbyte 2.5-inch laptop drives. These fit into a case measuring just 1.5 by 3.2 by 5.3 inches, weighing around a pound.

With users everywhere struggling with power and space constraints, Buffalo is pushing the LinkStation Mini as a way to pack data storage into a tiny footprint.

“The number of computer peripherals needed to keep up with today’s fast-paced digital world seems to add up daily,” said Takayuki Nishioka, the CEO of Buffalo Technology’s U.S. division, in a statement. ”Businesses and consumers alike are seeking space-saving solutions with the same level of performance and features as standard-sized NAS devices.”

Unlike larger storage systems, the LinkStation Mini can function without a fan, according to Buffalo, which means that the device requires just 10 watts of power. The device also offers a software feature called Remote Power, which lets users turn the unit on and off remotely via the Internet to save energy.

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