LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, has just unleashed the fastest USB storage solution on the market at CES 2016! Designed by Neil Poulton the LaCie Chromé is a sleek combination of style and performance. The polished aluminum enclosure attaches to a removable magnetized display stand and the back features magnetized cable management. Through the use of a pair of 500GB M.2 SSDs preconfigured in RAID 0 and a USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) connection the LaCie Chromé is able to reach speeds of up to 940MB/s! On display we seen it even reach 1,040MB/s! In order to sustain this speed and ensure that the SSDs don’t overheat LaCie has implemented a triple cooling system that features a blower that introduces cool air and a heat sink that draws hot air away from the SSDs.
The LaCie Chromé features a two-year limited warranty that can also be extended and upgraded. The included limited warranty provides comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage.
The LaCie Chromé comes in a 1 TB capacity (MSRP $1,400.00) and will be available as early as this quarter through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.
Next up we were able to check out their new Porsche Design desktop and mobile drives. The LaCie Porsche Design Drives offer the new USB-C connector for next-generation computers like the latest MacBook. This feature makes the drive incredibly easy to connect, since both ends of the cable are identical and the connector is reversible. As a result, there is no wrong way to connect the drive to a USB-C computer. The drives also deliver fast transfer speeds, so users can drag and drop files and perform backups quickly. Plus, they are compatible with standard USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports thanks to the included adapter cable.
By harnessing the power of USB 3.1, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive will charge a compatible laptop’s battery when the drive’s power supply is connected to the wall outlet. Via a single USB-C cable, users can power their notebook and access their drive at the same time. With this feature, users will appreciate fewer cables on their desktops, and they can conveniently leave their laptop’s power cable in a briefcase or travel bag. Both the mobile and desktop drives feature all-aluminum enclosures. They make the products lightweight yet sturdy, while the rounded corners, high-polish beveled edges and a sandblast finish combine to form the distinctly Porsche Design modern and elegant style. Beyond aesthetics, the solid aluminum enclosure is also scratch resistant, protects the hard drive mechanics and dissipates heat for optimal performance.
The LaCie Porsche Design Drives feature a two-year limited warranty that includes comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. It is possible to upgrade this service with warranty extensions and fast product replacement. The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities starting at $109.95, whereas the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB capacities starting at $209.95. The drives will be available from March through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers as well as from Porsche Design Stores and Online.
Finally, while we were at the LaCie/Seagate showroom we learned of Seagate’s latest portable backup drive, the Backup Plus Ultra Slim. This is the world’s thinnest 2TB mobile hard drive, which builds on the award-winning Backup Plus Slim drive, delivering a stunning new design with the same leading capacity in an even slimmer profile.
At just 9.6mm, the Backup Plus Ultra Slim external drive employs Seagate’s latest 2.5-inch HDD technology, making it more than 50 percent thinner than other 2TB drives on the market. Available in a golden or platinum metal finish, this sleek new product is designed to complement the looks of stylish computers, tablets and phones.
The Backup Plus Slim includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. This allows users to schedule backups for when it’s most convenient.
Backup Plus Ultra Slim comes with 200GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage for two years, which lets users share and access their favorite files anywhere on a mobile device or a PC. The Backup Plus Ultra Slim also includes Lyve software, which helps users to protect precious photos and videos from their digital cameras and smartphones and automatically organizes them into a single unified library accessible from any mobile device or computer. The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim will be available this quarter from Amazon and Seagate.com.
Stay tuned for more coverage from us here at CES 2016!