LaCie Just Jumped On The USB Type-C Bandwagon 

LaCie Just Jumped On the USB Type-C Bandwagon

Many Apple fans lamented the company's inclusion of just a single USB Type-C connector on its new MacBook, revealed yesterday. But now that such a desirable piece of hardware supports the new format, we'll finally see peripheral makers embracing USB Type-C with open arms. SanDisk was one of the first, but LaCie has just announced that its Porsche Design Mobile Drive will now also come with a magically reversible Type-C port.

LaCie Just Jumped On the USB Type-C Bandwagon

If you're unfamiliar with USB Type-C, it's the next generation of the ubiquitous connector that's now reversible so it can never be accidentally plugged in upside-down. It also now carries enough power so it can be used to charge a full-on laptop, but is still small enough to be incorporated into smartphones and tablets. It could very well be the single cable that finally does everything, especially now that Apple and other laptop makers have officially started to support it.

LaCie Just Jumped On the USB Type-C Bandwagon

Although there's no gold option, LaCie's Porsche Design Mobile Drive will look right at home sitting next to your new MacBook with its solid aluminium enclosure. It boasts USB 3.0 transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, and comes in a slim 500GB version, or slightly thicker one and two terabyte options. It also includes a USB Type-C cable because there's a good chance few users actually have a reason to own one yet. However, you will need an adaptor, which doesn't seem to be included, to use this drive with existing USB ports. That's the cost of buying technology on the bleeding edge. [LaCie]


    Surprised it doesn't have a hub built in with a couple of USB3 ports on the back, it would be worth the buy then.

      Highly worth it. I reckon there's a market for an AC charger that just includes a few ports in the power pack itself.

        My SP3 came with a USB port on the charger, and it's seriously one of those things you use once and wonder why the hell it hasn't been a standard feature for the last decade. One less thing to worry about carrying with you.

          Exactly. My dream power pack has detachable cables on both ends, USB 3, HDMI, Ethernet and maybe a card reader too.

    I worked as a consultant for an IT job at LaCIe at the Paris headquarters some years ago. If you believe the crap that marketers feed you about the qual to push the hefty price then you're about as smart as 2 legged dog it's owner convinced it had 4 trying to piss up a tree. LaCie don't build, nor assemble, nor develop any hardware. They trade. The R&D is a designers workshop and the supply management is just as Scottish about purchases of parts and external manufacturers as any other margin conscience business. I personally have no grudge against LaCie, if they sell then someone's ready to buy, but for IT gear? you can get just as good equipment for the local KMart or Dick Smith's : same quality only not as pretty.

    NOTA: this is my personal opinion and truly lived experience and neither GIZMODO nor it's partners can be held responsible for my views or actions expressed in these pages.

    "can never be accidentally plugged in upside-down". Wow, it only took them 19 years to realise how horrible the plug design was. (USB 1.0 was out in 1996)

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