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CNET First Look
The LaCie Christofle Sphere is a lot more than a shiny ballCNET Editor Dong Ngo does some psychic readings and reveals the secret of true romance with the LaCie Christofle Sphere.
Hi, guys, [unk] here and today let's do some sidekick greetings for a change. That's because I have this ball right here. It's not a crystal but it's super bright anyway and look into it, I can't help but seeing myself-handsome, smart, intelligent, very good at English and of course extremely modest. But it can also read your mind, so let's see. You're going to do some review on some start device instead, got it. Let me do some magic here, let me turn this thing around. And voila! There you have it. This is the only LaCie Christofle Sphere external hard drive or [unk]. See, LaCie is a French company which explains a lot about the unique design. Now the sphere is like no other drives I've ever seen, it's handmade with silver plated steel chassis. It's more like a piece of jewelry than a piece of computer hardware. It's one of those things you put on your desk because you want to, not because you have to. And when you do, you're going to use it as a mirror to look at yourself or check if somebody is approaching you from behind or the sides or even from above. On top of that, it's also offer one terabyte of storage space. That's right. Underneath here the device has a micro USB [unk] port. This is the only port needed for it to work, you can use it with any standard USB cable, but it does come included with this stylish three-footer here. On the front here that's a small status light that blinks when there's data activity. In my testing the sphere was very fast. Offering more than 100 megabyte per second the speed when you use with USB 3.0. It also works with USB 2.0. Like many other drives from LaCie, the sphere comes preloaded with helpful software that help you format the drive or either back-up the PC, back-up your computer and create a secured partition to store important data. It also comes with two year warranty from LaCie. The question is how much it is? Well, it's not cheap. As you might have a guess, at $490, but before you'd start to get mad, yes I just read your mind again, remember this is a piece of art deco and most art deco has no particular use, this one does. In fact most jewelry has no particular use, so maybe you start thinking if you like it put a shiny ball on it. And for that purpose, this thing is a deal. And the fact that it can keep the data safe is a bonus. Again this is the most expensive one terabyte external hard drive I've ever seen. But for my money, nothing screams romance better than when you say, "Hey you, yes my shiny ball? Will you be my Valentine?" I know it would say yes and I'm not even French. That's because [unk] and this has been the first look at the Christofle sphere from LaCie.