CNET First Look
The new LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt is totally a keeper, if you can afford it.CNET editor Dong Ngo sacrifices the well-being of his little toe to prove just how to tough (and fast) the new LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain portable drive is.
[MUSIC] Hi guys, **** Ngo here, and this, is the new Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain Turbo Drive from LaCie. Now it's not to be confused with these, Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series that came out two years ago. The looks seem similar, but on the inside, and outside, the new drive is very different from the older model. Now on the outside there is a layer of rubber right here, to keep the drive from shocks and, drops. But now there is a lip, right here, to keep its USB right angle port, from moisture and dust. The question is, where is the Thunderbolt port? Well, there is none, because with this new drive here, it comes with, a built-in Thunderbolt cable. That hide the route inside right here, very smart. You can take the cable out like this and put the lid, back on. Now the drive is protected, even when it's in operation. You can even peel the cable out just a little bit, if you don't want to put the drive too far from the host computer. Now if you take out the outer case, on the inside you'll see there is a very rugged aluminum casing right here. Designed, to withstand crushing force. Let me show you. [MUSIC] Even I, cannot put a dent on it, that's how strong it is. It can also survive a drop from 6.6 feet or two meter height. But don't drop it on your foot though because I don't think your toe, can survive that well. Let me show you what happened to mine. There you go, disgusting, isn't it? Actually just don't deliberately drop, your drive at all, or back over it with your SUV, that's because your drive here is designed so that, you don't have to handle it with care the way you're supposed to do with other sorts of device. It's not meant to be a weapon or, an anger management device. And that's the outside on the inside the drive here comes a much faster drive. And in my testing, with Thunderbolt, it registered very fast real world sustained speed up to, some 300 megabytes per second for writing, and some 330 megabytes per second for, reading. That is right now, the, fastest among turbo drives on the market. Now, when used with your speed through turbo, it's also one of the fastest you can find. The drive, also works with USB 2.0. Now, you know, I love this drive, especially the design. But there's one thing, though, is the lid right here. You see, it's like, you can lose it, very easily and, poof, I just lost it. But take a look here. Oh, it's here again. That's right. The drive comes with two lips. The question is, what happen if you lose the second one too? Well, in that case, you go buy another drive, and with the money you spend on it, you will remember really well, not to misplace anything. And that's because the Drive here is not cheap at all. It cost some, $300 for 250 gigabytes or $500 for 500 gigabytes. It's totally worth it though, now if extreme performance is not what you care about you can also offer the hard drive version of the drive right here, that costs $248 for one terabyte or $300 for two terabyte. I'm on the drive check out my full review at cnet.com you know, it's a great drive for somebody like me. Also, it's very humble man, with extremely strong grip, or maybe not too humble. But one thing for sure, though, I'm **** Ngo and this has been the first look at the Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain Turbo Drive from LaCie. [MUSIC]