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Seagate, LaCie show Thunderbolt 2 drives, boutique Sphere [U]

updated 07:39 pm EST, Sun January 5, 2014

Sphere silver plated, USB 3.0 1TB drive, available now

(Updated with live images and additional details) Seagate and its LaCie brand have unveiled a host of new products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Among its new products are the Backup Plus Fast 4TB portable hard drive, LaCie Fuel wireless iPad data extender, the LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2, and the silver-plated LaCie Sphere.

Seagate will showcase Backup Plus Fast, its 4TB portable hard drive that's the first to deliver up to twice the capacity and speed of existing external portable hard drives. Its speed, portable form factor and high capacity make it perfect for field photographers, filmmakers and others that must quickly move large files to backup. The drive is a bus-powered USB 3.0 drive with a pair of hard drives in RAID 0 format, which Seagate claims will be able to move 220MB/sec. The Backup Plus Fast is available now for $300.

LaCie will demonstrate Fuel, its new go-anywhere wireless hard drive that adds 1TB of untethered external storage capacity to the iPad, iPhone, Mac, and other compatible mobile devices. Users can store up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs or 190,000 photos on the drive and they can share them with up to five devices at a time. The drive's compatibility with AirPlay lets users easily stream movies onto the big screen via Apple TV® or stream music to compatible speakers. The Fuel is expected to retail for $199.

LaCie will also unveil the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2. One of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2, it delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive in a black anodized aluminum case. Designed by Neil Poulton, the drive is ideal for videographers, providing the performance and capacity required for streaming and editing of 4K or 3D video. The company claims data transfer of up to 1.3GB per second. The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014. No pricing is currently available, though the current Thunderbolt Little Big Disk using conventional HDs in a 2TB capacity retails for $420. A 1TB SSD-based model currently sells for $1,000.

The LaCie Sphère is designed by Christofle and handcrafted and silvered in France and will be unveiled in Las Vegas. The handcrafted hard drive derives its name from its silver-plated steel spherical case and is ideal for any upscale home or office workstation. The USB 3.0 LaCie Sphère will be available this quarter for $490 in a 1TB capacity.

Also on display at CES was the culbuto, a USB 3.0 flash drive that comes in either 16GB and 32GB sizes. It's unique in that it balances on a heavy sphere and doubles as a picture holder thanks to its little clip integrated into the USB cap. The drive will right itself when tipped over, so it's likely to triple as a favorite for cats as toys. The designer is Frenchman Constance Guisset. It also ships in Q1 and the 16GB version will cost $50. A 32GB version will be available for $80.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    The sphere is nonsense. There has to be a lot of wasted space inside it. Are they trying to be as good as Apple's designs? I can't see it on my desk, especially at that price. They also copied the Mac Pro manufacturing process ad.

  1. efithian

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-21-04

    I want two spheres. One on each side of my nMP.

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