LaCie has finally joined the Thunderbolt club with the release of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series. Announced earlier this year, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt is available in 1 TB (7200RPM) and 2 TB (5400 RPM) HDD configurations at a price of US$399 and $499 respectively. There's also a 240 GB SSD model on the way but pricing is yet to be confirmed.
The unit measures a very manageable 1.6 x 5.5 x 3.3 inches (40 x 140 x 85 mm), weighs 1.4 lbs (650 g) and is dual cooled by its aluminum heat sink casing and a magnetic levitation fan, the HDD unit runs two 2.5" drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration and supports daisy chaining of up two six Thunderbolt devices. LaCie quotes read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD, and much faster speeds can be achieved when devices are daisy chained.
Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series key specs:
The 1 TB HDD LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt costs US$399 and the 2 TB version costs $499. We'll keep you posted on the SSD pricing when it becomes available ... and don't forget to add $49 for a Thunderbolt cable.
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