LaCie Rugged Triple Review

Whether your goal is super speed or complete compatibility, the Rugged Triple has everything you need.


Taken with the Google Nexus 4 Using LIE!I Macro Lens
LaCie Rugged Triple 7200 RPM 500GB Hard drive (FireWire and USB 3.0)
Manufacturer: LaCie
Price: Around $130.00
Where to Buy (Amazon | Newegg)


Product Description
“The LaCie Rugged Triple Hard Disk provides universal connectivity: you've got the superior speeds of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, and full backward compatibility with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. You can transfer a 700MB video file in less than 7 seconds with USB 3.0, compared to 25 seconds with USB 2.0. Additionally, you can use the LaCie Mac USB 3.0 Driver to improve data transfer speed on your Mac (up to a 30% performance increase compared to FireWire 800). Whether your goal is super speed or complete compatibility, the Rugged Triple has everything you need.” – Via Amazon

What is it?
Basically it’s a rugged style external hard disk drive that has 2 FireWire 800 ports and a USB 3.0 port. With 7200 rpms it makes the device Ideal for transferring large files with quick transfer rates.

Specifications: (Note that Transfer rates depend on many factors including your computers CPU) 
USB 3.0 & 2x FireWire 800
·         USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 Support)
·         2x FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Support)
·         USB 3.0 can transfer up to 5GBs/s (theoretically) which translates to about 110mbs/s with 7200 RPMs
·         USB 2.0 can Transfer up to 480mbs/s (theoretically) which translates to about 30mbs/s with 7200 RPMs
·         FireWire 800 can transfer up to 800mbs/s (theoretically) which translates to about 65mbs/s with 7200 RPMs
·         FireWire 400 can transfer up to 400mbs/s (theoretically)  which translates to about 25mbs/s with 7200 RPMs

Pros:
-          Relatively small and compact
-          Ships with both a USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 cable.
-          Inexpensive for what you get
-          Rugged, so it can take a beating
-          7200 RPMs
-          USB 3.0 is Awesome

Cons:
-          Not a huge fan of the Orange color
-          Comes with bloat-ware
-          The cables that it comes with are super short  (basically a ruler and a half)
-           Device gets hot with prolonged use…



My Thoughts:
So far I like this external hard drive; it works as advertised with decent transfer rates. Now I’m starting to wonder how I managed on regular USB 2.0 for so long. USB 3.0 is a straight up beast at transferring files compared to pretty much, everything else. So far the LaCie Rugged drive has been surviving my daily travels; I just throw it in my bag and go. Currently I highly recommend this device to anyone who does a lot of editing (Video, Audio, Photo), especially Video. It will also make a good network drive for those who stream a lot of media over their network.

Build Quality / Design: 4.5
Features: 4.0
Price: 4.0
Space: 3.5
Average (Amazon | Newegg): 3.4

Overall
19.4/25
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All pics were taken with the LG Google Nexus 4 
Video was taken with the Nikon S6300

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