LaCie SE2100 U&I 24x/10x/40x FireWire/USB

The Good Both FireWire and USB connections; cables included for each; PC and Mac compatible.

The Bad FireWire installation problems in Windows 98 SE; inadequate user manual.

The Bottom Line The LaCie U&I 24X/10X/40X offers satisfactory performance, but it works better with Macs than with PCs.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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LaCie SE2100 U&I 24x/10x/40x FireWire/USB

At first glance, the $329 LaCie U&I 24X/10X/40X drive is impressive, with its 24X burn speed (the fastest available) and its USB and FireWire (IEEE 1394) support (hence the U&I in the name). But further investigation reveals flaws in the drive's image as a cross-platform peripheral. Though it works well on a Mac, PC installation and performance problems beset the drive. And its confusing and uninformative user guide doesn't help much, making this a fair choice only for Apple owners--or PC users who don't mind wrangling with drivers. At first glance, the $329 LaCie U&I 24X/10X/40X drive is impressive, with its 24X burn speed (the fastest available) and its USB and FireWire (IEEE 1394) support (hence the U&I in the name). But further investigation reveals flaws in the drive's image as a cross-platform peripheral. Though it works well on a Mac, PC installation and performance problems beset the drive. And its confusing and uninformative user guide doesn't help much, making this a fair choice only for Apple owners--or PC users who don't mind wrangling with drivers.

Blue-screen blues
Installation of the LaCie--which is compatible with Windows 98, Me, and 2000, plus Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2--was a mixture of smooth sailing and choppy waters. Both FireWire and USB cables come with the drive, as well as one blank CD-R and CD-RW. The drive installed without a hitch on a Mac system. While it also installed easily on a PC via USB, FireWire was a different story. On a test machine running Windows 98 SE, blue-screen errors and crashes began as soon as the LaCie was plugged in and turned on. The included user guide offered little assistance. Online troubleshooting didn't help either, but a call to LaCie's tech support (and a Windows FireWire driver update) solved the problem. Although we didn't test it, LaCie claims this shouldn't be a problem in Windows Me or 2000.

The LaCie U&I 24X/10X/40X ships with the software basics, including Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 Basic and DirectCD (Toast 5.0.1 for Mac users), as well as the Silverlining utility for removable drives. If you're upgrading your CD-R/RW drive and have an older version of Easy CD Creator, you should uninstall the old version before installing version 5; the older versions won't recognize the LaCie U&I, and installing over the older version created drive-recognition problems (a fault of Roxio, not LaCie).

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $189
  • Brand LaCie Ltd.
  • Type CD-RW
  • Read Speed 40x
  • Weight 5.07 lbs
  • Write Speed 24x
  • Rewrite Speed 10x
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