LaCie unveils three new Rugged SSDs, one with an integrated SD slot.
The new LaCie Rugged SSD, Rugged SSD Pro, and Rugged BOSS SSD offer three distinct price points and quality levels, but they are all “designed to help Media & Entertainment experts handle the enormous quantities of information they create.”
When connected via Thunderbolt 3, LaCie’s new drive is built around a Seagate FireCuda NVMe SSD with a claimed transfer speed of up to 2800 MB / s. Unfortunately, when connecting the drive over simple ol’ USB, the business does not list a transfer speed.
However, it announced another device— the cheaper Rugged SSD — that utilizes the same FireCuda NVMe SSD but says only 950 MB / s of max USB 3.1 Gen 2 speed.
This makes the Rugged SSD Pro “the first Thunderbolt 3 storage solution that can be immersed in water for up to one meter for up to 30 minutes.” In other words: this is the first IP67-rated Thunderbolt 3 Drive.
The third drive in the lineup is more about comfort than velocity or durability and on-location backup. The Rugged BOSS SSD maxes out at 430MB / s USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds and does not feature the NVMe SSD of Seagate inside, but it includes an embedded LCD screen and enables file transfer via an embedded SD card slot and USB port. And if you’ve got your iOS or Android device on you, you can view, name and remove from your phone the footage on the drive.
Drop, Splash and Dust resistance
LaCie does not advertise the Rugged BOSS SSD’s IP rating, but it appears to be a little weaker than its brothers, with only “1.2-meter drop, splash and dust resistance.”
The Rugged SSD Pro is rated IP67 for resistance to dust and water, making it dust-tight and able to resist water immersion for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water. LaCie claims Thunderbolt 3 storage is an sector first. It can resist falls of 3 meters as well.
The Rugged SSD is now available for 500 GB for $180, 1 TB for $300 and 2 TB for $500. The Rugged SSD Pro at $400 for the 1 TB drive and $700 for the 2 TB variant is a bit more costly. Finally, for the lone 1 TB alternative, the Rugged BOSS SSD is the pricest of the three at $450.