LaCie Expands USB Type-C Connectivity Offerings


For those looking for a drop-, crush-, and rain-resistant drive for all-terrain use with their USB Type-C compatible system, the Lacie Rugged USB 3.0 Type-C External Hard Drive combines weather durability with 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-C technology that not only delivers data-transfer speeds up to 130 MB/s, but is also equipped with a drop resistance of 4', the crush resistance of a 1-ton car, and water resistance in the rain, all of which will help Windows and Mac users keep their data safe in the event of a mishap. Available in capacities of 1-, 2-, and 4TB, you’ll not only have plenty of room for a variety of files, but the option to store large Adobe Lightroom libraries or transport footage from set to a post-production facility.

However, there are some instances where 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 technology combined with traditional spinning hard drives isn’t fast enough. To that end, Lacie offers the 2TB Bolt 3 Thunderbolt 3 External SSD. While the Bolt 3 foregoes the durability of the Rugged, it offers 2TB of storage via Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which also uses the USB Type-C interface. Thunderbolt 3 operates using bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s and also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 technology. Internally, the Bolt 3’s storage is made up of two 1TB M.2 SSDs that are configured as a striped RAID 0 array to deliver read speeds up to 2,800 MB/s and write speeds up to 2,200 MB/s. Because it is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, you’ll be able to daisy-chain one USB 3.1 or up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices, which include dual 4K displays and even power a compatible laptop—all through a single USB Type-C cable.

If you’ve recently purchased a USB Type-C system, such as the Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro (Late 2016) with or without the Touch Bar and are looking to start making the switch to devices that utilize the USB Type-C interface, Lacie provides a plethora of options.