NAB 2018: LaCie Gets Adventurous with Rugged RAID Pro


All the hoopla surrounding compact high-capacity devices has seriously revived the excitement in the hard-drive market, and with connections like Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB Type-C now commonplace, we are finally seeing some serious upgrades when it comes to storage. At NAB, Seagate and LaCie are contributing to this movement with a long-awaited update to the manufacturers’ rugged and portable RAID, which is now the Rugged RAID Pro. Slimmer than its predecessor, this 4TB drive offers vastly improved speed, with a maximum speed of 240 MB/s in RAID 0 and RAID 1. Also, it has LaCie’s signature orange bumper, designed by Neil Poulton, making this one of the safest options for on-location storage.

Featuring a USB Type-C connector, it will work with all the latest computers, including ones with Thunderbolt 3 ports. The drive is shock-, dust-, crush-, and water-resistant and comes with a three-year warranty with Rescue Data Recovery Services. All of this is quite standard for LaCie at this point, though, so now for the great new feature that will make this a great option for working in the field: an integrated SD card reader. Now you can quickly offload media without needing a variety of readers and adapters in your bag, and as someone with a 2016 MacBook Pro, I can seriously appreciate it.

If you are looking for a new, portable, durable storage solution, the LaCie Rugged RAID Pro is a great choice, especially with its rugged construction and RAID for data protection. Would you like to add a Rugged RAID Pro to your bag? What feature do you most appreciate in this release? Let us know in the Comments section, below!


When will this product be available for purchase?

While we don't have any hard dates, LaCie said it should be shipping within the next couple months.