CES: LaCie announces mobile, desktop versions of USB-C drives

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LaCie previewed USB-C drives, which will be good news to owners of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, which has a single USB-C port.

The new line of LaCie Porsche Design Drives are housed in all-aluminum enclosures that reflect the signature Porsche Design style. The Mobile and Desktop Drives feature USB-C connectivity with the highest capacities on the market in a compact form factor, according to LaCie.

By harnessing the power of USB 3.1, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive will charge a compatible laptop’s battery when the drive’s power supply is connected to the wall outlet. Via a single USB-C cable, users can power their notebook and access their drive at the same time. 

Both the Mobile and Desktop Drives feature all-aluminum enclosures that are scratch resistant and dissipate heat. The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities starting at $109.95; the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB capacities starting at $209.95. The drives will be available in March.

LaCie also unveiled the LaCie Chromé desktop storage solution, which sports USB 3.1 Gen 2 technology, USB-C connectivity and SSDs housed in an aluminum enclosure by Neil Poulton.

The LaCie Chromé features a pair of 500 GB M.2 SATA SSDs in RAID 0. Working together, these components deliver speeds of up to 940 MB/second. According to the folks at LaCie, this performance lets users ingest two hours of 4K GoPro footage in a little over one minute, makes architectural and 3D modeling tasks smoother and faster, and enables the editing of hi-res video without first needing to convert footage to a lower resolution.

The elevated form is an homage to a 1935 bronze statue from Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. Once machined, the enclosure is hand assembled, then chromed to a mirror polish. Forged from solid chromed zinc, the stand securely docks the product with neodymium magnets — and detaches for transport.

The LaCie Chromé comes in a 1 TB capacity and will be available as early as this quarter through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,100.