LaCie has always been known for their stylish and well-designed take on common computer peripherals and accessories. If they ever decide to bend their aluminum and blue LED eyes toward crafting entire computers, Apple should watch out. For now, however, they stick to external optical drives, hard drives and networked storage, and it’s in the last of those that these new products fall.
The d2 Network, pictured above, is designed with heatsinks covering the two large sides, so no fan is needed, keeping the drive cool and quiet. The devices come in 500GB, 1TB and 1.5TB capacities, with prices from ranging from $189.99 to $299.99. For those looking to save a little cash, the d2 comes with an eSATA port for storage expansion; users can attach other external drives they may own and access them through the d2’s network connection.
The Big Disk Network is similar to the d2 except it uses two drives in a RAID 0 configuration in order to provide a seamless storage pool that is the sum of both drives. Prices here start at $379.99 for the 2TB version and $499.99 for the 3TB version. Unfortunately it’s less of a great deal here since it discards the eSATA port found in the d2. Additionally, running long-term storage in RAID 0 isn’t necessarily the brightest of ideas, since it doubles the chance of data loss: losing one disk means you lose everything that’s on both. It would require backing up everything onto another set of hard drives, further increasing cost.
The drives are available now through LaCie’s online store.