New LaCie Thunderbolt drives, rugged to big hubs

New LaCie Thunderbolt drives, rugged to big hubs
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By Posted 9 Apr 2013, 19:24

With the Thunderbolt market expanding as more and more enabled equipment comes online, LaCie have announced details of their latest Thunderbolt series and are proud to boast the largest selection of Thunderbolt storage options. LaCie now offer five drives that are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 7 and 8 computers. We have been taking a look at the new range from LaCie, from the compact Rugged USB 3.0 to the impressive LaCie 5big, and there is certainly something for everyone in the range.

The LaCie Rugged USB is a seriously tough bit of kit condensed into a portable and robust housing. Available in 3 memory sizes of 120GB (SSD), 256GB (SSD) and 1TB, prices range from $199 to $229 for the larger option, and all include a Thunderbolt cable. The vibrant orange casing is designed to withstand everyday knocks and clumsy drops, and is intended to be accident resistant to protect valuable data. With universal connectivity for Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, this hard drive is truly compatible with all computers and allows easy transfer between devices. The write speeds are mightily impressive with LaCie offering awesome data transfer of up to 385MB/s.

At the other end of the scale we have the chunky LaCie 5big available with a choice of capacity of 10/20TB, enough capability for the biggest of ventures. Constructed from solid aluminium, the unit not only looks fantastic but cleverly dissipates heat away from the drive too. Heat is also cleared from the unit using the super quiet internal Noctua fan and integral jumbo exhausts, meaning near silent continual use is possible. With Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining and RAID 0, 1 and JBOD support with hot swap and LaCie’s demonstrated consistency the 5big is ideal to harmonize with a Thunderbolt professional computer. Capable of speeds up to 785MB/s, the 10TB 5big is available at $1,199 whilst the 20TB retails at $2,199.

To view more information on these drives or to see more of the new Thunderbolt series visit the LaCie website, and feel free to let us know which LaCie hard drive you would opt for. It is worth noting the larger drives are intended more for the professional market as the jaw dropping prices indicate!

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