Nope, it wasn't Seagate, Maxtor or Hitachi.
Buffalo has surprised everyone this week in becoming the first company to market with a 320GB portable external hard drive.
Despite its gold medal win, the 'MiniStation TurboUSB' (HD-PS320U2) is no slouch either with Buffalo admirably having chosen to go down the quicker 5,400rpm route - a decision which means the drive will boast transfer rates up to 64 per cent faster than the traditional 4,200rpm speeds with which the latest high capacity portable HDDs usually debut.
Like all decent portable hard drives, the PS320U2 is also a tough customer with an armoured outer case, wrap around USB cable and shock absorbent internal design. This little monster also conveniently draws all its power from the PC or Mac it is connected to meaning an additional, bulky power supply isn't required.
Furthermore, the PS320U2 has security covered too with the Buffalo's own 'Secure Lock Ware (SLW)' utility which offers drive and file encryption to protect data with up to 256bit AES Encryption. On top of this data can be protected further with the bundled 'Memeo AutoBackup' software (Windows only) which offers additional options such as scheduled backup and password protection.
The PS320U2 launches in December with the cutting edge price premium of £155 excl. VAT (a 250GB version is just £96 and 160GBer £66, both excl. VAT) but for those with ferocious storage needs on the road, right now you simply can't get better.