It’s no secret that we’re LaCie fans. One of the latest additions to their external hard drive family is the LaCie Portable SSD. In this post, we review its size, durability, speed, and compatibility.
The Portable SSD comes with the classic value-added features we’ve come to know and love from LaCie including customizable backup schedules, one-click backups, and multi-device sync. Plus, one free month of Adobe Creative Cloud for those of you who still haven’t committed to a license yet.
What is an SSD drive?
SSD stands for “solid state drive.” Unlike its counterpart the spinning hard drive, an SSD has no moving parts (hence the name solid state). This is advantageous for a few key reasons. First, the lack of moving parts means that there are fewer elements to be broken or worn down. Second, SSDs are usually faster. And finally, they’re often smaller and quieter.
LaCie Portable SSD Size
If you’re a photographer or videographer who travels a lot for shoots, this little guy is a perfect fit for your pocket or bag. It’s also (in our humble opinion) aesthetically pleasing compared to some of the other clunkier external drives on the market.
The Portable SSD is tiny. This palm-sized device comes in 1TB and 2TB iterations and weighs a mere .22lb (0.1kg). In terms of dimensions, it’s 3.7in long, just over 3in wide, and about .36in thick. Even if you’re not planning to jet set with the Portable SSD it’s still great for storing a lot of content in a small footprint.
Speed & Compatibility
In addition to its small size, the Portable SSD’s claim to fame is its speed. It can transfer an hour of footage in less than a minute at 540 MB/s for Mac and Windows using USB 3.0 and USB-C. It’s also capable of supporting multiple streams of 4K video simultaneously.
LaCie embraced the USB-C movement with this model and included a reversible USB-C cable in addition to a USB 3.0 to USB-C cable for legacy laptops.
Traveling with electronics always begs the question of durability—can my device stand up to the depths of my laptop and/or camera bag?
LaCie is known for its line of Rugged drives; while the Portable SSD isn’t as durable as those items, it is shockproof up to 2 meters. If you’re still not convinced, it also comes with a 3-year warranty so you can rest easy knowing your content is safe.
Do you think the LaCie Portable SSD is worth all the hype? Let us know in the comments below.