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LaCie Culbuto USB Key review

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LaCie makes so many external storage devices that it’s hard to keep up with all of the products they release in a year. However, the company keeps its products popular by creating a lot of buzz over design and craftsmanship. I have never seen a company that pays as much attention to a portable storage device’s appearance as LaCie does.

The LaCie Culbuto was dreamed up by French designer Constance Guisset, who has designed everything from chairs to lamps. The “Roly-Poly-like” USB key is LaCie’s venture into creating storage devices that accent your workspace and your electronics.

LaCie Culbuto USB Key

The playful LaCie Culbuto USB Key is available with 16GB and 32GB storage options, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Design and Usability

LaCie Culbuto USB Key

The design of the Culbuto is the most striking part of this USB key, and it’s probably one of the most odd, yet interesting designs you will ever see. There is a chrome ball attached to the bottom of the device which allows it to rock back and forth on your desk without tipping over.

The top of the USB key has a cap with a small slit that allows you to put in a picture or business card. Pulling off the cap reveals the USB 3 connector, and the entire USB can be turned on its side to plug into the computer.

I did find that the Culbuto didn’t always stand up straight, so you have to play around with it a little bit until it fixes itself. This can be slightly annoying if you have a picture attached and you use the USB a lot. Though I didn’t run into this issue while using the Culbuto, it is also a problem if you don’t use a laptop and use the drive on a tower PC; the weighted end of the USB might hang and cause it to fall out if you’re rushing while loading files. Even so, it does do what LaCie said it does, which is to add a little bit of whimsy to a rather functional workspace.

The Culbuto did draw a fair amount of attention when I placed it on my desk, as passersby would always comment on whatever picture I placed on it.

The Culbuto uses USB 3, so it was very fast on my 2013 Macbook Air. As a matter of fact, LaCie notes that with USB 3 you can transfer files up to four times faster than with USB 2.0.

I tested this against a standard 16GB USB 2.0 key and it loaded the same files in less than half the time. The speed is truly impressive, and the design is top notch, so I think LaCie has successfully created a very useful and whimsical product.

Summary

LaCie’s top notch reputation in the external drive market continues with the Culbuto. They are creating products with the consumer in mind and are bringing in world-class designers like Constance Guisset to help launch products that are radical in appearance and up-to-date in terms of technology.

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Buy the LaCie Culbuto

Provides: Portable file storage
Developer: LaCie
Minimum Requirements: Mac/PC with USB 3.0
Price: $49.99 for 16GB; $79.99 for 32GB
Availability: Now

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