LaCie Intros Network Space MAX USB/NAS Drive

LaCie Intros Network Space MAX USB/NAS Drive

It's a NAS drive. It's a USB external hard drive. It's a sleek black paperweight. It's actually a combination of the three, though it's probably the most useful paperweight you'll ever find. LaCie has always added some flair to their line of hard drives, and this new unit is no different. The glossy black Network Space MAX is half backup specialist, half network media server.


The dual-disk Gigabit network storage and media server was designed by Neil Poulton, who also designs a great many of LaCie's other units. It has room for two 3.5" HDDs inside, and it can be setup in RAID0/1 modes if you want to use it as a backup drive with redundancy. It also ships with software that eases the setup process, including a user-friendly dashboard that enables users to "easily manage files, backups, private accounts, and download torrents."

So the drive can be used as a NAS or a USB 2.0 external, and thanks to the UPnP and DLNA compatibilities, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles can also see the drive and stream any media on there directly to your HDTV. LaCie is shipping these starting at $279.99 for a 2TB unit.

LaCie Network Space MAX: Easy and Secure Network Storage for the Home

    * RAID 1 for high data security
    * Centralize, share, and back up your files with Gigabit speeds
    * Access and download files, even with your computer turned off
    * Can be used as a USB external hard drive

LaCie today announced a dual-disk Gigabit network storage and media server – the LaCie Network Space MAX, design by Neil Poulton. Now, users can easily store and share their most important files throughout the home with complete data security.

The Network Space MAX includes two large-capacity hard drives that can be configured for maximum security (RAID 1) or maximum capacity (RAID 0). If protecting your data is a priority, the RAID 1 mode will ensure automatic disk mirroring – meaning all files will be copied onto each of the disks. If one drive fails, data will not be lost.

The Network Space MAX is designed for ultimate usability. LaCie Network Assistant software helps you set up the product within a few minutes. It provides the best user experience for quick detection and access to the Network Space MAX. LaCie's user-friendly dashboard allows you to easily manage files, backups, private accounts, and download torrents.

Additionally, with the Network Space MAX, the files stored on the hard drive are fully accessible outside your home from any connected computer using the remote access service.

"Even for networking beginners, LaCie Network hard drives offer a simple way to share one's media between multiple computers in the home," said Patrick Salin, Digital Home Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "The RAID 1 capability of LaCie's Network Space MAX means users can be assured their valuable data is always safe and accessible."

The Network Space MAX features a media server, making it easy to stream files to any connected computer or any UPnPTM/DLNA® compliant device (such as a PlayStation®3 or Xbox®). Computers with iTunes® installed can also stream the music stored on the Network Space MAX.

Availability
The LaCie Network Space MAX starts in 2TB capacity through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $279.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com

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I think no big company in this segment thinks properly. Lacie's cost (2TB + Cost of the case), which is 2 x 1TB (max $180) and the rest on the case. Instead, they can just sell the case for $60 - $80. This would look incredibly attractive. I've got a $60 NAS drive from china, that has almost the same functions, but got that because, I can re-use my existing smaller 500GB hdd. Now its doing round the clock download duty.

All big players ship their NASs with HDD or force people to buy one with them HDD. Why why cant people take cues from the Chinese in this regard?

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 I find it hard to get excited about network stuff. Drobo is really the only nas box that excites me. Then again it is almost $400 without drives.

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BUT THAT THING IS SHINY!!!!

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