LaCie Skwarim review: LaCie Skwarim

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Setup and ease of use: 9.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Fashionable exterior; compact and highly portable; includes backup software; comes with USB extension cable; quick at writing tasks.

The Bad A little slow to read back data.

The Bottom Line The LaCie Skwarim combines fashionable design and compact portability into a palm-size hard drive you'll want to flaunt.

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Editor's note: When we first received this drive for review, LaCie was offering a 30GB pink version and a 60GB blue version. In the interim, LaCie has discontinued the 30GB drive and now offers both the blue and pink drives in just one capacity--60GB. Capacity aside, all the information in the review below is still accurate. Some online vendors are still selling the remaining stock of 30GB pink Skwarims, so you may still be able to find them for a while.

If you love neon pink or blue, the 60GB LaCie Skwarim portable hard drive could be the perfect mobile hard drive for you. Its fashionable exterior and small, square design that could easily fit in your back pocket make it a great product for on-the-go data transfers.

The drive attaches to your PC or laptop easily with a small USB adapter that's attached to the drive itself but doesn't extend or stretch at all. LaCie also supplies a longer USB cable if you need it. As with most LaCie drives, the One-Click backup software is included with the package.

  • Drive type: mobile hard disk drive
  • Capacities: 60GB (4,200rpm)
  • Capacity of test unit: 30GB (please see Editor's note above)
  • Cache: 2MB
  • Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.3 x .5 inches (LHD); 3.5 ounces
  • Notable design features: Square, textured body; neon color
  • Connection options: USB 2.0/1.1
  • OSes supported: Windows 98SE; Windows 2000 Pro; Windows ME; Windows XP Pro; Windows XP Home; Mac OS 9.x; Mac OS X or greater
  • Software included: LaCie One-Click Backup Software, MacDrive
  • Service/support: One-year limited warranty; toll-based phone support (Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., PT); registered tech support only via Web; e-mail to tech support via online form; Web site includes FAQs, manuals, and drivers

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Where to Buy

LaCie Skwarim (60GB, pink)

Part Number: 301158 Released: Jan 9, 2006

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date Jan 9, 2006
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type USB 2.0
  • Capacity 60 GB
  • Spindle Speed 4200 rpm
  • Buffer Size 2 MB