updated 02:55 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010
LaCie intros Starck Mobile USB 3.0 drive
LaCie drew on well-known French designer Philippe Starck today to rework its external drive design. The Starck Mobile USB 3.0 has a uniquely rounded aluminum shell that's both more visually distinctive and also more advantageous for the drive itself. At 2mm (0.08in) thick, the drive is resistant to mild shocks and gets a passive heatsink to keep the drive cool.
Full speed only comes when using the USB 3.0 ort and its peak 5Gbps speeds, but the drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 and works with both Macs and Windows PCs. Buyers get a year's worth of cloud backup from LaCie's own Wuala service with 10GB of space; a Backup Assistant is available for those who don't want to use a utility such as Time Machine.
Only one 500GB capacity is available for the disk, which carries a smaller than usual premium for such a drive at $110.