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Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad 4TB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £357
inc VAT

The LinkStation Pro Quad has lots of storage and features at a very reasonable price, but you'll have to put up with some slow small file transfer speeds


4 disk bays, 4TB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

The Pro Quad has numerous features which make it much more than just a file server. We had no trouble using it as an iTunes music server or to share a USB laser printer and the contents of a USB drive across our network. The front USB port is recessed which could make plugging in chunky USB drives and cables tricky, although this is fixed easily enough by simply removing the front panel, so making the port more accessible, or using a small USB extension cable. Streaming video stored on the Quad Pro over our network wasn’t quite as trouble-free as we hoped. HD video often dropped frames unless we paused the video first for a minute or two to let it buffer.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad 4TB back

Files stored on the Pro Quad can be accessed remotely from any internet-connected computer. This can be done by configuring the Pro Quad as an FTP server, although it’s simpler to use the NAS’s web interface, or the iOS or Android apps, instead. Both methods may require adjusting your router’s firewall.

There’s a lot of like about the LinkStation Pro Quad, from its quiet operation and slew of useful extra features to its low 9p cost per gigabyte. Unfortunately the very slow small files performance means some file transfer jobs will need to be left running overnight, so we can’t recommend it unconditionally.

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Basic Specifications

Price £357
Rating ***


Capacity 4TB
Formatted capacity 3,756GB
Default file system XFS
Price per gigabyte £0.09
Interface SATA2
3.5in drive bays 4
Free 3.5in drive bays 0
RAID modes RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10


Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 1/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none


Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server yes
USB disk server yes
Web server yes
FTP server yes
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP, HTTP, NFS


Size 154x150x230mm
Weight 5.5kg
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features BitTorrent manager, remote access, Flickr support, Time Machine server
Power consumption active 37W

Buying Information

Price £357
Warranty two years RTB

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