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LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions.

Large, heavy (heavier than the Macbook Retina I used in this review), and tethered to AC power, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is indeed a “desktop drive”, rather than a portable or mobile drive that’s meant to be taken with you.

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I have to admit I’m struggling to understand the user to whom Seagate / LaCie is marketing this drive. Sure, they say “…photographers, videographers, audio professionals, and other power users.”, but those type of folks generally don’t do their work on low-powered ultra-thin machines like the Macbook Retina or HP Spectre 13s. Of course the drive can be used with any USB 3.0 port, too, and performance will suffer not at all, although you will lose the ability to charge your computer with the drive. Still, it could just be that LaCie’s a little ahead of the market: Type-C ports will doubtless be common on professional laptops within a year, and the drive certainly makes more sense paired with a Macbook Pro or similar computer that professional photographers, videographers, etc. are likely to use.

LaCie’s default formatting of the drive with a separate FAT32 partition, and their inclusion of synchronization software, seems to indicate that they’re trying to position the drive as a destination for multiple computers; slotting it in somewhere between bus-powered 2.5″ drives and entry-level NAS systems. I don;t know if the niche is large enough to make this product a success, but that’s all I can think of.

On its own merits, thought, this is indeed a premium product: superb design and physical quality, massive storage, and the ability to charge exactly the type of computer that it makes no sense to use with the drive.

My complaints are few: although the drive’s smart enough to spin down when it’s disconnected or your computer goes to sleep, a physical power switch would still be nice. And putting the activity LED on the back of the drive so you wouldn’t have to run a wire to the front just seems cheap in what’s billed as a “premium brand” and “world-class storage solution.”

If all you need is a backup solution, there are smaller, less expensive, and more portable drives available– Seagate offers 4TB bus-powered drives both under their own label and with LaCie branding. But if even more storage and the ability to charge your computer are things you’re looking for, this one is the one you want.

Pros:

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+ Massive storage
+ High-end aesthetics
+ Included backup software
+ Charges your computer! If you have the right computer.

Cons:

– Large, heavy, AC-only
– No power switch
– Activity indicator on rear of drive

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.5
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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