LaCie Rikiki hard drive review: LaCie Rikiki hard drive

Performance
As always, we performed a simple data transfer test and compared the LaCie with four external drives in a similar price range. According to our stopwatches, the Rikiki drive read data at 25.12MBps and wrote data at 23.26MBps, just a little slower than the Transcend StoreJet 25f, but that's not to say that the drive is slow.

A simple numbers comparison shows that the differences are so minor that you most likely won't be able to tell unless you're transferring a 10GB or larger file.

Speed test via USB (in megabits per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
LaCie Rikiki
25.12 
23.26 
Transcend StoreJet 25F
27.5 
24.3 
Fujitsu HandyDrive
27.9 
22.5 
Hitachi SimpleTough
28.6 
22.3 
G-Tech G-Drive Mobile USB
30.72 
24.45 

Service and support
LaCie backs the Rikiki hard drive with a two-year warranty that covers parts and labor. LaCie offers telephone support weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, but requires a tool to connect. You can also create a support ticket on the LaCie Web site. A two-year warranty is acceptable for an external hard drive, but we always prefer three years to ensure the physical integrity of a portable device made to withstand the abuse of daily transport.

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