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LaCie taps Philippe Starck for USB 3.0 mobile drive

updated 02:55 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010

LaCie intros Starck Mobile USB 3.0 drive

LaCie drew on well-known French designer Philippe Starck today to rework its external drive design. The Starck Mobile USB 3.0 has a uniquely rounded aluminum shell that's both more visually distinctive and also more advantageous for the drive itself. At 2mm (0.08in) thick, the drive is resistant to mild shocks and gets a passive heatsink to keep the drive cool.

Full speed only comes when using the USB 3.0 ort and its peak 5Gbps speeds, but the drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 and works with both Macs and Windows PCs. Buyers get a year's worth of cloud backup from LaCie's own Wuala service with 10GB of space; a Backup Assistant is available for those who don't want to use a utility such as Time Machine.

Only one 500GB capacity is available for the disk, which carries a smaller than usual premium for such a drive at $110.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stay away....

    LaCie drives, 10 years ago had a well-deserved reputation for quality. Today they are attractive pieces of shat with the highest failure rates in the industry. Stay well away.

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2mm thick?

    Now that would be something!

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice... Is USB3, compatible with USB2, and is Philippe Stark design.

    @MyRightEye: Until now all my Lacie Disks never give me more problem then any other disk brands. I think you had just bad luck. But, just for safe, you should use both of your eyes! :-)

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