Closer Look: LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive
The LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is a handsome beast, eschewing the exaggerated styling used in some other drives. It’s a minimalist matte aluminum block, with “Porsche Design” almost invisibly– depending on the lighting and angle– engraved on the top.
The only detailing on the drive is this very subtle logo…
…and this nicely executed bezel. Jony Ive would approve.
This enclosure contains a 3.5″ desktop drive, so it’s going to need an external power supply. The connector for this supply is on what I’ll arbitrarily call the “rear” of the housing, next to the USB Type-C connector and a drive activity light– or, rather a hole through which a tiny white LED can indicate drive activity. There is no power switch.
Included with the drive is a power supply, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a USB-C to USB-A cable, the latter for connecting to the USB 3.0 port of computers that don’t have USB-C ports.
In lieu of printed documentation, LaCie thoughtfully provides these diagrams printed on the side of the accessories box:
Although LaCie doesn’t provide any details on the mechanism inside its stylish case, it’s likely Seagate’s ST8000DM002 8TB SATA6 desktop drive. However, aside from listing the dimensions, weight, and capacity, even Seagate’s web site is devoid of technical details such as the rotational speed and number of platters.
Let’s take a look at the performance of this drive in the next section.