Japan gets slew of new USB 3.0 external HDDs

Computer equipment maker Buffalo is pretty bullish about USB 3.0. The company today announced a total of five new USB 3.0 HDDs for the Japanese market, namely two “compact models” [JP] (81×130×16mm) and three bigger (45×175×156mm) devices [JP]. The HD-PEU3-BK (pictured above), the compact type, will be available in a version that holds 500 GB (price: $200) and another one with 640GB ($250).

Buffalo also presented three more conventional HDDs with 1TB ($230), 1.5TB ($300) and 2GB ($420), respectively (pictured below). Just like the compact models, these drives from the HD-HXU3 series are compatible with Windows XP/7/Vista and Mac OSX 10.4. All of these devices are backwards compatible to USB 2.0.

Buffalo says they will start selling all five new HDDs in Japan at the beginning of next month. The company does sell hardware outside Japan, too, so you can expect the devies to go on sale outside this country some day as well.