LaCie will showcase the the Chromé at BVE 2016, which it claims is the fastest USB storage solution on the market. Housed in an aluminium enclosure, the drive features USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity with 10Gbps potential. The LaCie Chromé comes in a 1 TB capacity for £1,149 and will be available as early as this quarter.
It features a pair of 500 GB M.2 SATA SSDs in RAID 0. Working together, these components deliver speeds of up to 940 MB/s to handle bandwidth-intensive applications. A new USB-C connector also makes the drive easy to connect to a computer. Both ends are exactly the same and have no up/down or left/right orientation. It is also compatible with standard USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports thanks to the included adapter cable.
Each Chromé is individually machined from solid aluminium blocks for rigid durability and heat dissipation. The device features a blower that introduces cool air and a heat sink that draws hot air away from the SSDs.
Once machined, the enclosure is hand assembled, then chromed to a mirror polish. Forged from solid chromed zinc, a stand securely docks the drive with neodymium magnets, and detaches for easy transport.
The device has been designed in collaboration with industrial designer Neil Poulton. The elevated form is homage to a 1935 bronze statue from Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century.
The LaCie Chromé features a two-year limited warranty that can also be extended and upgraded.