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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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I had to look up who Christofle was
By troysavary on 1/6/2014 6:51:18 AM , Rating: 2
Turns out the make tableware. No wonder I was in the dark. Maybe I am uncultured, but the only job a fork has is getting food from my plate to my mouth. I don't care how pretty it looks while doing so. I am baffled that someone at LaCie thought the meshing of hard drive and a silverware company was a route to success.

RE: I had to look up who Christofle was
By mindless1 on 1/6/2014 10:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
At that price per capacity and considering it's essentially going to be an EZ Bake Oven for the HDD due to no ventilation areas, I don't think they actually plan on selling many. Looks more like the executives wanted a shiny toy for their display case.

Regardless, after they sit on shelves for a while and merchants start returning them, the price is going to sink WAY down to reasonable levels. I'd imagine they'll increase capacity to 3TB or 4TB and still end up having to price it under $200 to sell many.

By mindless1 on 1/6/2014 10:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, I just noticed it is a 2.5" bus powered HDD so I take back the statement implying there would be heat issues as there shouldn't be any at that power level.

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