LaCie Reveals Gorgeous Starck Craft Limited Edition Hard Drive

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Is there an award for the world's most beautiful hard drive? Because if so, LaCie and famed designer Philippe Starck may have just created it. The pair debuted the Blade Runner today, an external hard drive that combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. In fact, only 9,999 of these will be produced, and each one is "custom-built." The drive utilizes USB 3.0, and also boasts an LED power button that glows to indicate activity. The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software, and includes 4TB within. The price? $299.99, which honestly doesn't seem that awful given the style.


LaCie, in collaboration with world-famous designer and creator Philippe Starck, announced the Blade Runner. Inspired by the mysterious, incredible power of information technology, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. It begs the question; can we truly confine technology to a cage?

With only 9,999 produced, the LaCie Blade Runner is a limited edition hard drive for design-conscience consumers. Starck's influence is evident from the complex design concept to the hands-on manufacturing process. Each unit is custom-built to ensure superb form and function. It is the statement piece in any home office, study or media room. The artistic design combines with the high-speed USB 3.0 interface and cross-platform compatibility to result in a hard drive that is as practical as it is stunning.

"In my design nothing is useless – style, symbolism or functionality," says Philippe Starck. "In the Blade Runner, the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."

Protected by sturdy aluminum, the LaCie Blade Runner offers the most resistant and stylistic choice for a consumer hard drive on the market. The durable exterior shields the hard drive from overheating, making it thoroughly dependable for storing the most precious files. The LaCie Blade Runner also features an LED power button in the form of Starck's signature symbol that glows to indicate activity.

Twenty years after LaCie's first collaboration with Philippe Starck, which resulted in the award-winning "Toaster" hard drives, the partnership continues to develop products that are as functional as they are stunning. The LaCie Blade Runner continues to explore this relationship.

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The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software. It is available in a 4TB capacity through the LaCie Online Store and specialty retailers for $299.00. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.
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OSunday replied on Sun, Jan 6 2013 7:34 PM

The lines between computers as tools and decorations/pieces of art are blurring even further...

I personally think this is a bit ridiculous as far as making limited edition hard drives where what's unique/special is the enclosure since the drive is bound to die eventually anyways, plus paying for something just because it "artistically designed"

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sevags replied on Sun, Jan 6 2013 10:09 PM

This is obviously targeted at higher income consumers who either wants to compliment is already expensive decor or go into an office with air of foot traffic where you don't want electronics laying around. I love the design and which there were more stylish enclosures available but I wouldn't shell out for a price hike on a hdd because of the enclosure.

Could always wait until someone's drive dies out of warranty and buy the enclosure off them lol

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realneil replied on Mon, Jan 7 2013 12:52 PM

"Could always wait until someone's drive dies out of warranty and buy the enclosure off them"

This is how I'll get one of them, if I ever do,......ha-ha!

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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