LaCie's shiny, stylish Chromé is the fastest USB 3.0 desktop drive around

New from LaCie is this mirror-finished style statement of a hard drive, and a Porsche Design drive that can also charge your laptop.

LaCie has announced the 1TB Chromé desktop drive for creative pros from illustrators and designers to video editors and animators.

The Chromé is based on solid-state drive (SSD) technology, and features USB 3.1 Gen 2 technology (up to 10Gbps throughput), and USB-C connectivity. The drive is also compatible with standard USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, thanks to the included adapter cable.

LaCie said the new Chromé is the fastest USB storage product on the market, with up to 940MB/s throughput.

The Chromé drive features a pair of 500GB M.2 SATA SSDs configured in RAID 0, which is purely for increased performance and provides no fault tolerance or redundancy.

With it's leading performance, LaCie claims the Chromé can let you capture two hours of 4K GoPro footage in a little over one minute.

The Chromé drive, fashioned by industrial designer Neil Poulton, comes in an angular chromed zinc enclosure polished to a mirror finish. The drive enclosure docks via aneodymium magnet to a round pedestal. The drive can then be detached for transport.

The LaCie Chromé features a two-year limited warranty that can also be extended and upgraded. The Chromé is expected to be available as early as this quarter (but likely in March), LaCie said.

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LaCie also announced two new drives based on designs from Porsche. Both are targeted at Apple hardware with its brushed aluminum finishes and rounded edges.

The Porshe Design Mobile Drive comes in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. Like the Chromé, the Porshe Mobile Drive offers USB 3.1/Type C connector technology and has a USB 3.0 adapter for backward compatibility.

LaCie's new Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB capacities and uses a single 3.5-in hard disk drive. It can charge a compatible laptop's battery when the drive's power supply is connected to the wall outlet. Via a single USB-C cable, users can power their notebook and access their drive at the same time.

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