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Under its premium LaCie brand, Seagate has debuted its latest design-focused product, the LaCie Chromé desktop solid state drive. The Chromé is LaCie's first product that takes advantage of USB 3.1 and USB-C connectivity, offering transfer speeds of up to 940MB/s.

As a designer product, the Chromé features a mirrored exterior that was designed by Neil Poulton. The Chromé follows past design-oriented LaCie products including the 2014 LaCie Sphére and the 2015 LaCie Mirror.

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According to LaCie, the Chromé's rectangular design, magnetic base, and chrome mirrored finish are an homage to a 1935 bronze statue from sculptor Constantin Brâncusi.
"The LaCie Chromé is a concept reduced to its essence: a rectangle tilted onto its corner, melting into its base like quicksilver," said Neil Poulton, Chromé designer.
To take full advantage of USB 3.1 10 GB/s transfer speeds, the Chromé includes two 500GB SATA SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration. At top transfer speeds of 940MB/s, LaCie says the Chromé is able to process two hours of 4K GoPro footage in "a little over one minute." The Chromé's enclosure is machined from solid aluminum blocks for heat dissipation, plus there's a blower that adds cool air and a heat sink to draw hot air away from the SSDs.

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The Chromé has a USB-C port that's compatible with Apple's Retina MacBook, but it also works with standard USB 3.0 Type-A ports using an included adapter cable. LaCie plans to begin shipping the Chromé during the first quarter of 2016. It will retail for $1,100.

Along with the Chromé, LaCie is also updating its Porsche product lineup with USB-C connectivity. LaCie's new Porsche Design Mobile and Desktop Drives include a USB 3.1 Type-C port for use with devices like the Retina MacBook. When plugged in to a wall socket, the Porsche Desktop Drive is able to offer passthrough charging capabilities for Apple's MacBook.

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LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive​

Both the Porsche Mobile and Desktop Drives, like all Porsche drives, feature all-aluminum enclosures with rounded corners, polished beveled edges, and a sandblast finish.
"We are excited to continue our collaboration with Porsche Design Group, one of the most well respected sports and luxury-lifestyle groups," said Lance Ohara, Senior Director of Product Lifecycle Management for LaCie. "With the LaCie Porsche Design Drives, we are bringing the latest USB-C technology to our customers with a product that is superior in both form and function."
LaCie plans to begin selling its updated Porsche Design Drives in March of 2016. The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities with prices that start at $109.95.

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LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive​

The LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive will be available in 4TB, 5TB, and 8TB capacities, at prices that start at $209.95.

Article Link: CES 2016: LaCie Announces 1TB USB-C Chromé SSD, New Porsche Drives
 

Jambalaya

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EDIT Just seen the SSD is 1,000 not 100 - doh

1TB external SSD for $110, wow !! :)

Porsche design desktop looks more like a dump truck though :(
 
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The downside of computers these days getting smaller and slimmer, everything needs to be outside. Are there any other extern drives to buy with high SSD speeds without a fancy look? I am in the market for a fast extern disk, but i am not interested to pay for looks, just storage.
 
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ddarko

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Since the article doesn't make this clear, it's worth pointing out that although the MacBook has a USB Type C port, it operates at USB 3.0 speeds and does not support the increased throughout of USB 3.1 that these new LaCie drives support. It's certainly nice that native USB Type C drives are appearing and that they support USB 3.1. It's just too bad the speed of these drives are hobbled by the USB 3.0/Type C port Apple put on the only device it's release so far that works natively with these drives.
 
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MikhailT

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The downside of computers these days getting smaller and slimmer, everything needs to be outside. Are there any other extern drives to buy with high SSD speeds without a fancy look? I am in the market for a fast extern disk, but i am not interested to pay for looks, just storage.

You'd be better off buying the USB enclosure and SSDs separately, they're always cheaper. For an example, I have a 2-bay Oyen Digital MiniPro USB3 enclosure and bought 2x Crucial BX100 512GB for total of 399$ early last year. It maxes out at ~450Mbps both read/write (no RAID) and fast enough for my VM needs.
 
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lrmd98

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Very nice looking external Hard drive and a good price!
Is there an expected shipping date for these?
 
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