LaCie Releases New Drives at CES: Thunderbolt, NAS, and USB 3.0

Storage firm LaCie is starting CES early with a trio of hard drive releases, including a new product from the designer of Steve Jobs’s yacht, Philippe Stark. The new drives offer something for everyone with Thunderbolt, network, and USB 3.0 connectivity options.

5big Thunderbolt Series RAID

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt RAID

The five-disk RAID array features dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining and either 10 or 20 terabytes of storage. LaCie also claims “near silent dual cooling.” Of note, the RAID options for the drive include only RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD. RAID 5, a popular configuration for multiple-disk arrays, is absent. The 10 TB model is US$1,199, although the price for the 20 TB model has not yet been announced.

5big NAS Pro

LaCie 5big NAS Pro

Nearly identical to the 5big Thunderbolt, the 5big NAS Pro trades in the Thunderbolt ports for two gigabit network ports. It is power by a dual-core Intel Atom processor with 4 GB of RAM and supports RAID 0, 1, and 5 configurations. Pricing starts at $529 for a diskless model and jumps up to $1,199 and $2,199 for 10 TB and 20 TB configurations, respectively.

Blade Runner

LaCie Blade Runner

Designed by Philippe Stark, the Blade Runner offers an ultra-modern design. Enclosed is a single 4 TB hard drive (although make and rotational speed of the drive is not identified), fed by a single USB 3.0 port with backwards compatibility for USB 2.0. Those interested in this uniquely-designed drive should act quickly, though, as it is a “limited edition” product with a production run of 9,999 units. It retails for $299.99.

The Mac Observer has reached out to LaCie and we will bring you a hands-on look and reviews of these drives as soon as the company lets us.