Gadgets & Gizmos

It's scary when you think about how many times a day or an hour or a second, we use our computers to access information. Accompanying the release of LaCie’s new solid state Mobile Drive range was a quote from an IDC whitepaper (sponsored by Seagate) that says 5 billion consumers are interacting with data, every day. By 2025, this will jump to 6 billion or around 75% of the world’s population – and each of those 6 billion people will have a data interaction every 18 seconds! And the amount of data? The report estimates there will be 175 zettabytes by 2025 – and we don’t dare look at how big a zettabyte is!

So, we’re figuring LaCie was just letting us know that the market for storage space is alive and well, and that people are always looking for more space and fast access to that space. Hence the introduction of the LaCie Mobile Drives.

The new LaCie Mobile Drive is useful for lower capacity photographers who just need an extra drive to store their images next to their laptop, all the way to power users who will find they need several of the 5TB drives (capacities include 1, 2, 4 and 5TB) for backups, archives and working on the road.

The Mobile Drive works with both Mac and Windows computers, but the space grey colour is only available through Apple stores. Connection is via USB-C and of course, the units will still talk to what are affectionately called ‘legacy computers’ , those with USB 3.0 and slower connectors.

If you want something that’s even faster, look at LaCie Mobile SSD. When there is a need for fast file transfers, LaCie Mobile SSD dishes out intense speeds of up to 540MB/s, but its largest capacity is 2TB. Nevertheless, whether shuttling content from the set to postproduction or using it as a scratch disk editing 4K video projects, it has the speed! Currently these are only available at Apple stores.

Both the Mobile Drive and Mobile SSD units feature a new diamondcut design and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan. LaCie Mobile Drive features a 2-year limited warranty, while LaCie Mobile SSD offers a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan.

For more information visit www.lacie.com/as/en

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