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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C 2TB Review

Rating: 8.0.

LaCie’s Rugged range of protected external hard drives has been with us for over a decade now with a variety of interfaces, formats and capacities to choose from depending on your needs. The latest drive range is the Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C which uses, as you might have guessed already, both Thunderbolt and USB-C interfaces.

LaCie’s Rugged drives are ones you’re are not likely to loose in a hurry as they all come in a bright orange rubber enclosure designed by multi design award winner, Neil Poulton.  The Thunderbolt USB-C range includes two SSD versions (500GB & 1TB) and 2TB, 4TB and 5TB HDD versions.

The official line on the protection afforded by the drive’s enclosure is protection from dust and water getting into it, a drop of up to 2 meters (1.4m for the 4TB and 5TB versions) and being run over by 1-ton vehicle.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 500GB & 1TB (SSD) 2TB, 4TB, 5TB HDD
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda
Interface: Thunderbolt, USB-C
Form Factor: External
Dimensions: 25 x 88.9 x 140.1mm
Drive Weight: 0.4kg

Firmware Version SBK2

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  • Christopher Lennon

    What is the point of having a thunderbolt or USB 3.1 GEN 3 Capable device with a 5400rpm mechanical hard drive in it? A mechanical hard drive cannot even come close to using the bandwidth of USB 3.0, let alone 3.1 or Thunderbolt 1, 2 or 3

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