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LaCie debuts external drive by Neil Poulton

updated 02:10 pm EST, Wed December 5, 2007

LaCie's new external drive

LaCie today unveiled a new external hard drive designed by Neil Poulton. The latest storage device is sleek and compact, accommodating a 3.5-inch hard drive with a bright blue line underneath that creates an ambient glow. Ranging in capacities from 320GB to 1TB, the drive features natural heat dissipation via a sturdy casing with bottom plate holes for natural airflow that allows fanless operation. LaCie's new hard drive is priced from $120, and comes preloaded with LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software for both Mac and PC systems.

The new drive connects to any universal high-speed USB 2.0 interface, with cross-platform compatibility that accommodates usage on either a PC or Mac with simple and efficient plug-and-play setup on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac OS X systems.

"This user-friendly, trendy looking device offers maximum storage capabilities for a desktop drive that is one of the most compact designs on the market today," LaCie said. "The integrated blue LED adds a science fiction dimension not common with other drives.”"

"The idea was to design a polished black marble slab. Mysterious. Impervious. Black mirror finish. Giving no idea to its function," designer Neil Poulton added.

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No firewire

    It's disappointing there is no firewire interface for these drives. USB is fine for occasional use, but firewire is clearly better suited.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dated aesthetic

    this looks tired and old, not really stylish by today's standard. Just silly, really.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: no firewire

    Yeah, disappointing there is no Firewire. That makes it a no-go in my book.

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can you make it stand?

    then you'd have a close replica of the 2001 monolith sitting on your desk.

  1. brainiac_7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No FW, me2

    I like the looks of a lot of LaCie's new drives but no Firewire, just in case they're reading, is a deal-breaker.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree with eddd. The design of this thing is SO late-90's. "Minimal" no longer needs to be sterile -- we're past that, aren't we? A mysterious, impervious black box makes me think of secretive, full-of-themselves executive types. This is where we store the data about energy plants that we're going to schedule for maintenance in the middle of the summer in order to drive the price of electricity through the roof!! Bwah ha ha haaaa!!

    Anyway, this is a LaCie drive. Do you suppose it will work for more than a year? I took a chance on a 1T drive from them a while back, and its sudden demise means I won't be a customer of theirs for a LONG time.

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