Thursday, November 8th 2018

LaCie Delivers A High-Performance Portable SSD For Creatives On The Go

LaCie , the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), unveiled the high-performance LaCie Portable SSD storage solution. The compact external solid state drive offers fast and reliable performance featuring USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) technology with USB-C connector for universal compatibility.

With maximum sequential read/write speeds of 540/500MB/s, the LaCie Portable SSD is ideal for on-the-go creative professionals looking for uncompromised performance. Available in 2TB, 1TB, or 500GB capacities, this light-weight solution can transfer one hour of 4K 30fps video footage in less than one minute and store up to 65 hours of 4K 30fps video or 20,000 RAW photos2 (2TB capacity). It is also a great alternative to serve as a scratch disc -- allowing users to edit content directly off the LaCie Portable SSD, freeing up valuable workstation resources or serving as the perfect shuttle drive to quickly transfer files from capture devices on-set back to the studio.
Other key features include:
  • Pre-formatted exFAT for Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows compatibility
  • LaCie Toolkit Software Suite
  • Designed for on-the-go workflow with drop resistance of up to two meters
  • A three-year limited warranty
  • Three-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Plan
  • One complimentary month of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan
  • USB-C and USB-C to USB 3.0 cables included
The new LaCie Portable SSD will be available in 2TB ($539.99 USD), 1TB ($269.99 USD), and 500GB ($124.99 USD) capacities through LaCie resellers this month.
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14 Comments on LaCie Delivers A High-Performance Portable SSD For Creatives On The Go

#1
SIGSEGV
for how long the drive will stay a safe? warranty? I think any portable drives out there are intended to be used regularly to transfer the data from one device to another. do they use SLC/MLC nand flash?
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kastriot
Price, price never changes.
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bug
"kastriot said:
Price, price never changes.
Price is ok, almost the same as buying a bare drive.
But I thought "uncompromised performance" when dealing with moves and such, means NVMe ;)
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bonehead123
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) - nice
USB-C connector - nice

All that tech, just wasting away for a slow-assed regular ole sata ssd (540/500 R/R) in a slim, slick outer shell :(

And da price aint that great either, cause anyone can get a 500GB m.2 NVME stick for the same $$...

at least they threw in the cables & software though :)
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newtekie1
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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820250088
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1DS5262615

1TB = $173

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820250089

2TB = $355

And with my solution you get a really convenient built in USB3.0 Hub. Lacie is taking people to the cleaners with those prices...

"bonehead123 said:
All that tech, just wasting away for a slow-assed regular ole sata ssd (540/500 R/R) in a slim, slick outer shell :(

And da price aint that great either, cause anyone can get a 500GB m.2 NVME stick for the same $$...
AFAIK, they haven't really gotten around the challenges of putting an NVMe drive in a small USB enclosure. The chips to convert an NVMe drive to USB exist, and there are some enclosures that do it, but they are far from perfect. Other than being a smaller form factor, and being more "USB Stickish" there really isn't much advantage to putting an NVMe drive in a USB enclosure. The main issue is heat. Not only does the controller on the NVMe drive heat up pretty quickly when stuffed in an enclosure, but the USB to NVMe bridge chip also gets incredibly hot very quickly. The two together make it very toasty in that enclosure very quickly. In fact, the enclosures I've tested make the drive thermal throttle almost immediately when doing any type of large data transfer over a few hundred MB. They drives get so slow in fact, that they perform basically the same as a SATA drive sometimes even worse actually. Even the enclosures that are made out of aluminium and come with a thermal pad to try to help still thermal throttle very quickly.
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bug
"newtekie1 said:
All newegg links do that on TPU. W1z has explained this before, he gets ad revenue from people clicking on the newegg links.
Ok then.
I'm not sure whether you're familiar with LaCie, but their products are always priced at a premium. They're like Apple in that regard. But you do get quality finish and this time the price doesn't look that bad.
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newtekie1
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"bug said:
Ok then.
I'm not sure whether you're familiar with LaCie, but their products are always priced at a premium. They're like Apple in that regard. But you do get quality finish and this time the price doesn't look that bad.
Oh, I'm familiar with them. I'm also aware that they very much are marketing this at Mac users, as they do with a lot of their products, because Mac users are already used to paying a premium for nothing other than a name.

But my point is, this being an enthusiast website, for the price of the 2TB Lacie drive someone willing to put one together themselves can get a 2TB and have enough money left over for a 1TB. To me, the Lacie pricing doesn't look good at all, it looks very bad actually. Plus, I picked a decent drive to go in the enclosure, the fact is you can get an even cheaper DRAMless SSD and still get transfer numbers very close to what Lacie is posting.
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bug
"newtekie1 said:
Oh, I'm familiar with them. I'm also aware that they very much are marketing this at Mac users, as they do with a lot of their products, because Mac users are already used to paying a premium for nothing other than a name.

But my point is, this being an enthusiast website, for the price of the 2TB Lacie drive someone willing to put one together themselves can get a 2TB and have enough money left over for a 1TB. To me, the Lacie pricing doesn't look good at all, it looks very bad actually. Plus, I picked a decent drive to go in the enclosure, the fact is you can get an even cheaper DRAMless SSD and still get transfer numbers very close to what Lacie is posting.
Yeah, well, if you put it like that, any off the shelf solution is overpriced as far as enthusiasts are concerned :D
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newtekie1
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"bug said:
Yeah, well, if you put it like that, any off the shelf solution is overpriced as far as enthusiasts are concerned :D
No, Samsung's 2TB external SSD is only $400. That's only $45 more than the DYI drive, which is acceptable for a pre-built external SSD solution. Almost $200 more than the DYI solution is not acceptable to me.
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bug
"newtekie1 said:
No, Samsung's 2TB external SSD is only $400. That's only $45 more than the DYI drive, which is acceptable for a pre-built external SSD solution. Almost $200 more than the DYI solution is not acceptable to me.
Fair enough. (Though, to nitpick, the enclosure you included is only USB 3.0)
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newtekie1
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"bug said:
Fair enough. (Though, to nitpick, the enclosure you included is only USB 3.0)
Yeah, but its not like USB3.1 adds anything to these drives other than a bussword in the marketing.
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bug
"newtekie1 said:
Yeah, but its not like USB3.1 adds anything to these drives other than a bussword in the marketing.
USB 3.0's 5Gbps isn't really enough for SATA's 6Gbps ;)
I guess it's not a night and day difference, but with 3.1 you can rest assured that drive is free to stretch its legs.
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