LaCie Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series portable SSD is fast and affordable

By Kean Bartelman, Macworld |  Storage, LaCie, Solid-state drives

LaCie's impressive Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series portable drive has all of the features that the modern media professional could want.

The Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt drive comes formatted HFS+ and includes both the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables, so it's ready to use as soon as you open the box. It's also bus powered, and since it boasts both USB and Thunderbolt, users can work with it on any Mac. The drive comes with a 120GB ($200) or 256GB ($350) solid-state drive, or with a 1TB hard drive ($250), and is backed by LaCie's 2-year warranty.

Also on the drive, you will find LaCie's Quick Install Guide and Complete Software Suite, which allow you to easily configure the device, password protect it, and set up automatic backups. LaCie also provides 10GB of Wuala's Secure Cloud Storage free for a year.

The Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt drive is ready for the road. The drive is housed in a protective aluminum shell and also outfitted with a thick, shock-resistant rubber sleeve to ensure that no matter where you take your drive or how it gets there, your data is safe.

For our series of lab tests, we used the 120GB SSD model, and not surprisingly, the combination of a SSD and Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 connectivity yielded impressive speeds. Via Thunderbolt, the drive posted a write speed of 189 MBps and a read speed of 385 MBps in the AJA System Test, and wrote a 10GB file at 200.9 MBps while reading the same file at 245.6 MBps. To write/read a 10GB folder, the drive scored 194.9 MBps and 236.9 MBps, respectively.

While connected via USB 3.0, the drive posted a 190.5 MBps write speed, and 381.8 MBps read speed in the AJA System Test. To write/read a 10GB file, the Rugged drive scored 186.2 MBps and 247.1 MBps respectively. When transferring our 10GB folder, the drive yielded a write time of 240.8 MBps, and a read time of 190.5 MBps.

After running all of our tests, the Rugged drive ended up testing a bit slower than Elgato's 240GB Thunderbolt SSD, as well as LaCie's 240GB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Edition SSD.


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