LaCie Rugged USB-C Review

Introduction

LaCie may not be a brand that is popular among the consumers, but it’s LaCie Rugged hard drive has its own niche market and is favour by lots of photographers. There are a few reasons for that, which I’m going to talk about here. In case you don’t know, LaCie is a French company owned by Seagate, which is also another company that specialises in storage drive.

The one I has with me now is LaCie Rugged USB-C 1TB hard drive, let’s start the review now.

The design

The unique outlook of the device itself is very recognisable, like all other Lacie Rugged model, the silver hard drive is wrapped in a thick layer of orange silicone to protect the device from drop and crush. On the paper, the device can survive dropping from four feet height while not in use and withstand crush from a 1-tonne car drive over it. In other words, it is extremely durable. It is not waterproof, but it would be fine with rain. Although I’m not going to perform all those durability tests, especially running over it with my car, but is a big relief to know that so that I have no fear in having the drive bumping around in my backpack/checked in luggage, especially when moving around.

The drive itself is thin and light, with dimensions of 134 x 85 x 18.7mm and a weight of 0.1 kg only.

What’s included

Other than the hard drive, the package included a USB-C (USDB 3.1 5 Gb/s) cable, a USB-C to USB-A cable and a Quick Installation Guide. The drive also comes with 2-years limited warranty and support password encryption to prevent any unauthorised access.

The Speed

For the speed wise, it is fast with 130Mbps read speed, that’s the speed a traditional hard drive can go for now. It is incomparable with an SSD hard drive, with Read/Write speed can go up to 540/500 Mbps, but the SSD is more expensive and comes with smaller disk space.

The Price

The LaCie Rugged UBS-C available in different disk space size at 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 5TB, with a price range from RM 400 to RM 1,200.

Other rugged choices

The price for LaCie Rugged USB-C 1TB Hard Drive is at around RM 400, a 2TB will be around RM 550, 4TB at around RM 1,100, 5TB at around Rm1,200

Conclusion

Although I have to say that the orange bump does make the Hard drive looked less attractive, it looked like a safety jacket to me, but hey, it does a great job in keeping the drive safe. With all those protection that it has, it does give me a piece of mind, having no problem to carry the drive in my bag while travelling. If you are like me, then the LaCie Rugged USB-C (or any other rugged model) would be a good choice for you.

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