Not too long ago we brought you news of LaCie’s latest portable hard drive, the Rikiki Go USB external hard disk. The drive is impressive in all aspects: style, substance and even value. However, the obvious exclusion of USB 3.0 was something that I picked up on and it seems LaCie did too as they’ve been far from sluggish in adding the much-hyped connectivity to the Rikiki range.
However, with this added functionality comes an extra cost, of course, and the 500GB Rikiki USB 3.0 will set you back £89.90 (the same as the basic Rikiki Go) instead of the £69.90 of the basic 500GB Rikiki USB 2.0. Although, in my opinion, the simple fact that this drive will be useful for many years to come makes the upgrade more than worthwhile.
The other addition to the LaCie mobile drives range today is the Minimus, which also feature high-speed USB 3.0, but comes in 1 and 2TB flavours. Again, it is made of resistant aluminium and visually looks similar, and just as appealing, as the Rikiki range. Again, you get 10GB of Wuala storage for your money and again, it will cost roughly £90 here in the UK, though the LaCie official website lists no official price just yet.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love LaCie and their stylish drives, but the price occasionally doesn’t truly represent value. However, these don’t seem overly bad and you do get what you pay for, with fantastic quality drives with high capacity and USB 3.0 connectivity.
It will be interesting to see just how well these new LaCie Rikiki & Minimus USB 3.0 hard drives do, clearly people won’t invest in the USB 3.0 interfaces until there are USB 3.0 products released to use them with – it seems a long time since such products like the Western Digital & SeaGate external hard disks were announced back in January at CES 2010. S
So this is obviously a welcome step along the road for USB 3.0 connections, but would you pay a bit more now to ensure that your peripherals are compatible and you can take advantage of the increased speed once you do upgrade to USB 3.0?