LaCie has a brand new transportable SSD drive that ought to take away among the confusion round USB-C connectivity. It’s known as the LaCie Rugged SSD Professional and guarantees compatibility with fashionable computer systems that includes Thunderbolt Three ports with USB-C connectors, and people with non-Thunderbolt Three USB-C ports. The ports look the identical, however they do not act the identical. The Rugged SSD Professional removes all of the guesswork.
And since it has “Professional” proper within the title you simply know that this transportable SSD’s gotta be good.
LaCie’s new drive is constructed round a Seagate FireCuda NVMe SSD with a claimed switch pace as much as 2800 MB/s when related over Thunderbolt Three. Sadly, the corporate doesn’t record a switch pace when connecting the drive over plain ol’ USB. It did nevertheless announce one other drive — the cheaper Rugged SSD — that makes use of the identical FireCuda NVMe SSD however claims a max USB Three.1 Gen 2 pace of simply 950 MB/s.
The port magic on the Professional mannequin is enabled by Intel’s JHL7440 Titan Ridge Thunderbolt Three controller, introduced approach again in January of 2018. “The LaCie Rugged SSD Professional is the primary transportable machine out there to function the newest Thunderbolt Three expertise,” mentioned Intel’s Jason Ziller alongside the drive’s introduction. “The JHL7440 controller permits LaCie to supply industry-leading efficiency by Thunderbolt Three-based PCs and compatibility with legacy computer systems.”
Nonetheless not clear why this SSD is helpful? Nicely, think about you’re a filmmaker / creator and also you’ve simply shot hours of 8K footage which you’ve edited in your new MacBook Professional — a laptop computer geared up with nothing however Thunderbolt Three USB-C ports. You arrive at a shopper web site the place you wish to switch the footage off your transportable SSD to their Floor Ebook 2 — it has USB-C… nevertheless it doesn’t assist Thunderbolt Three. No worries in case your footage is saved on a Rugged SSD Professional. The LaCie SSD will mount simply advantageous when related to the USB-C port on the Floor Ebook 2, whereas different quick Thunderbolt SSD drives gained’t.
The Rugged SSD Professional is rated IP67 for mud and water resistance making it mud tight and capable of stand up to immersion in a single meter of water for as much as 30 minutes. LaCie says that’s an first for Thunderbolt Three storage. It could additionally stand up to Three-meter drops. The drive lists for $399.99 (1TB) and $699.99 (2TB) and will begin transport subsequent week.
And sure, a Thunderbolt Three USB-C cable is included within the field. You’ll want to hold onto it at the very least till USB four arrives.