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CES 2013: LaCie unveils three new digital storage solutions

Sections: External and Portable Storage Devices, Macintosh/Apple Hardware, Peripherals

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LaCie Blade Runner

With only 9,999 produced, the LaCie Blade Runner is a limited edition external hard drive for design-conscience consumers. Designed in collaboration with world-famous designer and creator Philippe Starck, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell.

“In my design nothing is useless—style, symbolism or functionality,” said Philippe Starck. “In the Blade Runner, the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction.”

The LaCie Blade Runner has a 4 TB capacity with USB 2.0/3.0 interface and comes with 10 GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software.

The LaCie Blade Runner has a suggested retail price of $299.00.

LaCie 5big NAS Pro

If your small business needs a network-attached storage solution, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro might be just what you need.

It has five bays and is powered by a dual-core 2.13 GHz Intel 64-bit Atom processor and 4 GB RAM. The dual LAN and link aggregation provides optimized network speeds for faster file sharing, remote access, and backups. Behind the scenes SimplyRAID chooses the fastest and most secure RAID mode according to the number of disks. You get the best performance without having to understand anything about RAID. The LaCie 5big NAS Pro has up to 10 TB capacity with up to 200 MB/s transfer speeds, and comes with a 100 GB free trial of Wuala Business Secure Cloud Storage for three months.

The LaCie 5big NAS Pro has a suggested retail price of $529 (diskless), $1,199 (10 TB), and $2,199 (20 TB).

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series

The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series is perfect for video professionals because you have the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams. An IT manager can use it as a JBOD array and assign each disk to a daily backup.

With up to 20 TB of storage and speeds up to 785 MB/s thanks to five 7200 rpm hard drives, the LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series can be used for content creation or as a back-up solution. Using the dual 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt ports you can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals together — monitors, laptops, desktops, or other external hard drives. The advanced cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating using an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts.

The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series has a suggested retail price of $1,199 (10 TB) and $2,299 (20 TB).

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