CES: Seagate, LaCie Hard Drives Offer New Twists on Storage

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-01-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In addition to all the glitzy flat-panel televisions, smartwatches and swivel-screen tablets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an assortment of portable storage devices that are quietly redefining the way storage is used—from acting as portable WiFi hotspots to connecting you automatically to social media sites and cloud storage companies like Dropbox. Seagate and LaCie, two leaders in the portable storage space, have raised the bar this year with models aimed at an increasingly demanding audience. Seagate took the wraps off its Backup Plus Fast, which boasts the company's Dashboard software for one-click backup. LaCie went for broke and showcased three devices, including an eye-popping $490 silver spherical drive that should send Phantasm fans into fits of excitement. The pricey drive—created in collaboration with French silversmith Christofle (which is well-known for its flatware, jewelry and hollowware)—has 1TB of storage space. LaCie's Sphere, as it's called, offers plenty of room for users to fill it with their precious data. Better look on eBay, though—they're already sold out.

 
 
 
  • CES: Seagate, LaCie Hard Drives Offer New Twists on Storage

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - CES: Seagate, LaCie Hard Drives Offer New Twists on Storage
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast Raises the (Storage) Roof

    The Backup Plus Fast drive features a USB 3.0 interface to deliver transfer speeds up to 220MB per second and offers a whopping 4TB capacity. The drive is available through the company's Website for $299.99.
    2 - Seagate Backup Plus Fast Raises the (Storage) Roof
  • Backup to Social Media and the Cloud With Ease

    Seagate's Dashboard software provides a one-click backup solution but can also be set as a scheduled backup, as needed. Additionally, the Dashboard software will back up Facebook and Flickr albums to ensure that even video and photos shared through these networks are backed up and easy to find.
    3 - Backup to Social Media and the Cloud With Ease
  • LaCie Little Big Disk Uses Thunderbolt

    The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014 through LaCie's resellers and the company's Website. It comes with a Thunderbolt cable and is protected by a three-year limited warranty.
    4 - LaCie Little Big Disk Uses Thunderbolt
  • A Stylish Drive With Some Serious Specs to Match

    LaCie worked with designer Neil Poulton to bring a modern, all aluminum look to the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, which offers speeds up to 1,375M bps. The drive is powered by a set of 500GB PCIe Gen 2 solid-state drives in RAID 0 to allow for streaming and editing of 4K or 3D video while in the field.
    5 - A Stylish Drive With Some Serious Specs to Match
  • LaCie Adds More Fuel to the File

    The Fuel, designed for Apple mobile devices, offers up to a 10-hour battery life and creates its own WiFi network, much like a router, so other devices can connect directly to it without the need for Internet access.
    6 - LaCie Adds More Fuel to the File
  • Made for Mobile With the Cloud in Mind

    The LaCie Fuel acts as a hotspot when connected to the Internet through WiFi. This feature lets the Fuel share Internet access with other connected devices. With Dropbox integration, users can sync files between a computer and the Fuel automatically, so every time files are added to the Dropbox folder on their Mac, the change is reflected on the Fuel—or vice versa.
    7 - Made for Mobile With the Cloud in Mind
  • LaCie Partners With Christofle for Silver Drive

    Building on LaCie's initial partnership with Christofle that produced the Galet USB key, the Sphere integrates Christofle's luxurious heritage with LaCie's 1TB hard-drive technology and will retail for a whopping $490. It's already sold out.
    8 - LaCie Partners With Christofle for Silver Drive
  • Handcrafted Drive in a Spherical Case

    Whoever was lucky enough to splash out on LaCie's Sphere will get a handcrafted hard drive enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel. It features high-speed USB 3.0 and is powered through the USB cable, so no power cord is ever necessary. A complete software suite includes automatic backup for Mac and PC computers, as well as password protection and an energy-saving mode.
    9 - Handcrafted Drive in a Spherical Case
  • A Standout Drive in Silver

    Due to its round shape, the Sphere requires a careful manual plating process. It is stamped, silver-plated and polished for brightness in Christofle's silversmith workshop in Yainville in Normandy, France.
    10 - A Standout Drive in Silver
  • A Precious Container for Precious Data

    "The shape of the globe inspired the design concept for the LaCie Sphere. The sensual and strong silhouette naturally led us to the product name," Thierry Oriez, president and CEO of Christofle, explained. "We combined our obsession with the reflection of silver with LaCie's technical expertise to create a hard drive that exudes elegance and sophistication like no other."
    11 - A Precious Container for Precious Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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