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LaCie teams up with Philippe Starck on external hard drives

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Tue October 6, 2009

LaCie intros drives designed by Phillippe Starck

Hard drive maker LaCie on Tuesday introduced two new external hard drives that were designed by Phillippe Starck. Both sport a sculptured magma motif from the world-famous designer, which is touch-sensitive in the Starck Desktop. This drive is covered by a 3mm aluminum shell, and has Starck's signature orange LED that indicates the drive's status. The touch interface is customizable, allowing users to open certain applications depending on how long they stay in contact with the touch surface.

The desktop drive connects to Macs and Windows PCs through USB but, like most larger drives, needs an external power supply. It comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities with an automatic backup feature.

The Starck Mobile has a built-in retractable USB cable and uses little enough power to go without an external power supply. It's similarly multi-platform, and allows users to set up automatic backups in its 320GB and 500GB capacities.

The 1TB desktop Starck drive costs $130, while the 2TB model costs $250. The portable model in a 320GB capacity costs $100, while the 500GB model is priced at $140. Release dates are not yet known.

LaCie Starck Mobile

LaCie Starck Desktop

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they are also still teamed up with the absolutely cheapest power supply manufacturer, so you better check the "do you want an extra power supply to use while waiting for LaCie to send you the warrantee replacement one in 3 months" option...

  1. RyanEGeiger

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First off, for what he does, if this Phillipe guy doesn't name his son Anthony, it'd be a crime against humanity.

    Secondly... the drives look nice, but the previous poster is right. LaCie drives tend to be the equivalent of Seagate/IBM desktop drives... have had several friends have them fail; not just for powersupply problems, but drive issues as well.

  1. WalterC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So true...

    Also had bad 'luck' with power-supply failure on LaCie Quadra drive.

    Have had good luck with OWC Mercury Elite Pro's.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Bingles! Bangles! Jinkies!

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    joining the chorus...

    solid industrial design, backed by the worst failure rate ever. those power supplies suck. and they want you to send the whole drive back just for warranty replacement of the cheapo power supply.

    i won't buy LaCie again until they change those out.

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