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CES: Lacie teams with top designer for 4TB Blade Runner hard drive

Limited edition hard drive to cost £199
Sun Jan 06 2013, 23:33
Lacie Blade Runner 4TB USB 3.0

LAS VEGAS: STORAGE VENDOR Lacie announced a limited edition hard drive in collaboration with world-famous designer Philippe Starcke today, named the Lacie Blade Runner.

The Blade Runner, of which only 9,999 will be sold, features a quirky design comprising an "anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell". According to Lacie, the hard drive is aimed at "design-conscious" hard drive buyers, thanks to its unique look and hand-made manufacturing process.

That's not all that's good about the design either. Thanks to its aluminum construction, the hard drive efficiently dissipates heat too, making it one of the most reliable models available, according to Lacie.

Designer Philippe Starck said, "In my design nothing is useless - style, symbolism or functionality.

"In the Blade Runner, the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."

It's not just about design, though. The Lacie Blade Runner has 4TB of storage and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and backup software.

Lacie also announced the 20TB Thunderbolt RAID today, which it claims is ideal for video professionals. It boasts speeds of up to 785MB/s, which means it has the ability to support editing multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams.

The Lacie Blade Runner will be available through specialist retailers, costing £199.99. µ


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