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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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The plan
By Motoman on 1/5/2014 11:50:04 PM , Rating: 5
1. Get a $50 hard drive.
2. Get a ball.
3. Stuff the hard drive in the ball.
4. ???
5. Profit.

RE: The plan
By milktea on 1/6/2014 2:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
right on
the art in it doesn't justify that extra premium

maybe if they could make the metal ball float (like one of those magic illusion toy) with build-in battery and wireless HDD access, that might worth a bit extra.

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.

RE: The plan
By Tony Swash on 1/6/2014 8:50:41 AM , Rating: 3
maybe if they could make the metal ball float (like one of those magic illusion toy) with build-in battery and wireless HDD access, that might worth a bit extra.

Actually if you strung a series of these things from string on a frame you could make them clunck together like those old executive toys :)

RE: The plan
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 10:18:43 AM , Rating: 2
THat is better than what I was thinking... Gorilla Ben Wa ?

Cylinders, spheres, ???
By chµck on 1/6/2014 12:08:19 AM , Rating: 1
It appears that Apple isn't the only company who can make innovated cases.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By aurareturn on 1/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By Kazinji on 1/6/2014 1:55:39 AM , Rating: 1
Trolls already, what has the world come to.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By StevoLincolnite on 1/6/2014 9:20:40 AM , Rating: 2
Hyundai outsells Ferrari, that doesn't make the Hyundai better.

Benchmarks only tell half the story.
You can have the fastest phone in the world, it's still laughable how it's screen isn't even 720P and is utterly tiny which hinders web browsing.

Best? Hardly. Waste of money? You bet, when compared to alternatives.

Personally, my perfect phone hasn't been invented yet, but with that in mind I am happy with my Lumia 920.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By cyberguyz on 1/6/2014 11:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
Hyundai outsells Ferrari, that doesn't make the Hyundai better.

Well, actually, it does.

Agreed Ferraris are much better at being a sports car than a Hyundai, but that Hyundai is going to beat the snot out of the Ferrari as an everyday grocery-getter/daily commuter car.

Ferraris make fine toys, but the Hyundai is a far better car when you need a daily driver. If you don't believe me, I dare you to take a Ferrari 458 Italia out for a drive during a snow storm - even WITH snow tires (if you can find any to fit).

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By StevoLincolnite on 1/6/2014 5:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Australia.
What is this snow you speak of?

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 10:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Snowy mountains?

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By ritualm on 1/7/2014 7:27:39 PM , Rating: 2
We in America get face-melting heat in May-August, then a trip to the freezer in December-March. You guys sit south of the equator, so you get the reverse - right now it's balmy warm.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By mindless1 on 1/6/2014 10:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not really relevant. Who lives in the snow belt and the only vehicle they own is a Ferrari? Further, there's nothing stopping a person from hauling a few sacks of groceries in one, perhaps you meant to write a load of topsoil or bale of hay?

The only reason the hyundai sells better is the far lower price. People who need hauling and snow traction get AWD SUVs, minivans, 4x4 pickups, etc... except again, if that is beyond the budget to purchase or fuel.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By kmmatney on 1/6/2014 9:22:28 AM , Rating: 1
They do make the best 3.5" and 4" phones. However most of us want bigger screens.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By bupkus on 1/6/2014 9:25:29 AM , Rating: 1
There are those who love it, those who hate it and those who don't care.
It's a phone. I recommend it to anyone who wants one. Why would anyone discourage anyone else from buying one? It's not your money--it's theirs. You want to spend $90K on a car? Be my guest. You key my Datsun and it's on.

RE: Cylinders, spheres, ???
By JediJeb on 1/6/2014 10:16:13 AM , Rating: 1
But will it make a phone call?

What are the benchmarks on how well it makes phone calls? That I want to see.

By fellix on 1/6/2014 7:38:32 AM , Rating: 2
Form over function much?

RE: ---
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 10:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
I know, right? I would be much happier getting something small and just tuck it out of the way so it isn't seen at all. Not that I really care about the looks of a gadget on the desk, I'd just rather have the desk/shelf space to be used as a desk or shelf.

RE: ---
By cyberguyz on 1/6/2014 11:35:03 AM , Rating: 2
I run around with a 2TB USB3 drive that is a lot easier to live with than this junk. Oh yeah, I paid about 1/5th the price as well.

LaCie is all about form rather than function at a premium price. I'm not a fan of any of their products.

RE: ---
By augiem on 1/6/2014 4:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
Stackable? Oops. Designers are morons. Management are morons.

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.

Pure genius
By troysavary on 1/6/2014 4:11:34 AM , Rating: 2
silhouette naturally led us to the product name

How did they ever dream up "sphere" for that shape? The creativity know no bounds.

RE: Pure genius
By TheEquatorialSky on 1/6/2014 3:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
The genius was adding the grave accent.

I think the brainstorming sessions went something like:

Hmm, it looks like a ball... kind of orbish... almost like a 3D circle. What's that called again?
A sphere?
Yes! I love it! But "Sphere" is too pedestrian... too vulgar.
How about "Sphère."
Is that French? or Italian? Sounds exotic and expensive.
I don't know... I just made it up.
Amazing! We should call the weatherman... cuz it's gunna be raining' MUNAY!!!!!

OH! How darling
By rickon66 on 1/6/2014 10:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
What a precious idea, it will go so well with the color coordinated charger for my new iPhone

It kind of looks cool...
By Silver2k7 on 1/9/2014 3:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well it looks kind of cool, but it takes up alot more space than it has to, and becomes less portable.

Perhaps if it was SSD so the whole orb could be filled with memory chips top to bottom.. then it would atleast feel slightly more functional :P

You start out with function, then quality, then aesthetics.
Im pretty sure these designers started with aestehtics.

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