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Nearly $500 for a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD? Sure, why not!

Storage is relatively cheap these days, especially if we’re talking about disk-based storage solutions. You can routinely find external 1TB hard drives for under $100, or even below $50 if you manage to secure a good deal.
However, LaCie isn’t interested in providing a value proposition with its latest external hard drive — it’s selling what it considers to be a work of art. The new LaCie Sphère is designed by Christofle and encloses the hard drive in silver-plated steel. The highly polished, highly reflective surface makes the LaCie Sphère quite an attention grabber.

“The shape of the globe inspired the design concept for the LaCie Sphère. The sensual and strong silhouette naturally led us to the product name,” said Thierry Oriez, President and CEO of Christofle. “We combined our obsession with the reflection of silver with LaCie’s technical expertise to create a hard drive that exudes elegance and sophistication like no other.”

When you take away the fancy polished housing, the LaCie Sphère is just a standard, run of the mill 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive. So don’t expect to see any wickedly fast performance numbers to match its enormous price tag. And we do mean enormous — $490 is the price of entry for this “work of art”.
The LaCie Sphère will be available later this month.

Source: LaCie

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RE: The plan
By TSS on 1/6/2014 5:42:17 AM , Rating: 3
Considering that's usually done with magnets, getting a HDD to work in that setup would actually justify the pricetag.

Also, what art? It's a Ball. A chrome dome. It's not art it's a shiny geometric shape. If they'd engrave a map of the world on there (considering it's supposed to be inspired by the globe that'd be kinda cool) it could possibly pass off as art or atleast some form of premium atlas type thingy. Do something cool with LED's, light up different countries or whatever.

Just because it has a high pricetag (or a nametag) don't make it art. Well, unless you'd make it white instead of chrome and replace Cristofle with Apple. Then you'll have a shot with getting away with both the art nonsense and the pricetag.

RE: The plan
By bupkus on 1/6/2014 9:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Or perhaps it's their intent to patent the spherical shape and call it their own.

Update by the folks who gave us the rectangle
1. Get a $50 hard drive.
2. Get a ball [and patent it].
3. Stuff the hard drive in the ball.
4. ???[Litigate]
5. Profit.

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