LaCie Partners With Philippe Starck For Stunning New HDD Line - HotHardware
LaCie Partners With Philippe Starck For Stunning New HDD Line

LaCie Partners With Philippe Starck For Stunning New HDD Line

For the longest time, LaCie has looked to Neil Poulton to provide design inspiration for the company's stylish line of hard drives, external media burners and USB drives. Now, the company is branching its design efforts out once more thanks to a partnership with Philippe Starck. It's tough to say why snazzy storage is attractive; after all, it's just a hard drive/DVD burner. But there's no denying that a LaCie product looks good, and if you're going to have something sitting atop your IKEA desk, it might as well fit the part.

Announced today, the LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive is a bold, brawny looking HDD that will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. The equally beefy LaCie Starck Mobile Drive will ship in a smaller form factor with 320GB and 500GB HDDs within. Exclusively featured on the LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive, you can customize the touch-sensitive surface to open an application of your choosing with the touch of a finger, which is certainly a first as far as external drives go. Both drives are sheathed in aluminum, and LaCie contends that they'll be super durable in use (as if you'd treat something that looks this good with disregard).



The smaller of the two also sports a built-in USB cable, with both units supporting Mac and PC connections via USB 2.0. Both drives are available now starting at $129.99 (Desktop) and $99.99 (Mobile), and you can hit play here to get a better feel of the products from the designer himself.

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I have one of Lacie's externals designed by F.A. Porshe. But, to tell the truth, the design of a USB drive never sway me when picking one. All I care is about size, speed, and dependability.

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Indeed, but given the choice between products of equal cost, I'd go for the better designed one. If these are priced right and marketed right, they will appeal to the Macfanatics out there.

I mean, why else do people purchase Ipods when better players are available for a fraction of the cost?

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They're pretty,...but before I buy one I would have to see comparisons with other drives such as LiteOn whom I know to be good in allot of ways.

Typically, LiteOn drives are as fast as anyone else's offerings, they're definitely built with quality, and they work with more brands and types of blank media than other drives. Then there's LiteOn's typically lower price point to consider.

If LaCie can measure up to this kind of inspection then bring on the 'Pretty', 'cause it really is pretty..

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realneil,

They're talking about external hard drives, not DVD-ROMs, etc.

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I think if they priced these a bit less they'd sell a lot, but at the premium for the design I don't think they will be a high seller.

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