LaCie is bringing the thunder with two new drives: the 4K-ready Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and the $200 1TB Wi-Fi Hotspot Fuel drive. The new Little Big Disk makes it one of the only Thunderbolt 2 capable drives on the market right now, making it really appealing for filmmakers who are making the leap to 4K this year. Read on for the full specs and details on availability.
As a recent MacBook Pro Retina owner, this is exactly what I've been waiting for. There aren't many Thunderbolt 2 drives out there yet, and I'm glad that my go-to brand LaCie is joining the party. According to intel, Thunderbolt 2 can reach speeds of 20Gbps in both directions, and the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 boasts up to 1,375MB/s. LaCie opted for PCIe SSDs, which are 75% smaller, 91% lighter, and up to 2.5 times faster than SATA SSDs. This makes the new LBD an ideal option for 4K video editing.
Specs on the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2:
- 2x 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in Raid 0
- 1,375MB/s via Thunderbolt 2 connections
- "Whisper quiet" Dual Thermoregulated fans
- JBOD support
- Available Q1 of 2014
- Price TBA
Specs on the LaCie Fuel:
- Creates its own Wi-fi network
- Stream to iPads, iPhones and Apple TVs via Apple Airplay
- USB 3.0 connection
- Stream to up to 5 devices at a time through the iOS / Mac Seagate Media App
- Lasts 10 hours on a single charge
- Available 'soon' for $200
The main complaint of LaCie's previous Little Big Disk was that it was too loud, so we'll have yet to see what kind of noise the Thunderbolt 2 version makes. Either way though, we're looking at an extremely fast and compact solution for 4K workflows.
Are you looking forward to these new drives? What kind of work would you utilize the Fuel's Wi-fi hotspot for? Tells us what you think in the comments below.