Designed by multi award winning Neil Poulton, the 12big’s front bezel is devoid of anything apart from the usual LaCie orb indicator which also doubles as a switch. A quick press puts the drives into idle mode while a longer press shuts down the unit without spinning down the disks. During normal operations the orb stays Blue but it turns Red in response to any problems with the unit. There’s also a blue drive activity indicator built into each drive bay.
The rear of the unit is dominated by the grill for the four cooling fans. To the right of the grill sit the power switch and the two Thunderbolt 3 and single USB-C ports. Sitting just under these is a Kensington lock slot.
The drive bays have no locks on them which is something to bear in mind if you are using the 12Big2 in an office with a lot of outside footfall coming and going.
Most of the box bundle consists of power cables, if you can’t find a suitable cable with the load that LaCie supply then you must have some pretty exotic sockets. Along with the plethoria of power cables, there are single Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1 and USB-C to USB-A cables. Also in the box is a quick install guide.