For over a decade, the Porsche Design series from LaCie has been the source of some of the most beautifully crafted PC peripherals on the market. Their latest Porsche Design Mobile Drives continue to bear the series’ iconic good looks, but there’s been a tech overhaul — these drives have USB Type-C ports. Better yet, if you don’t have a Type-C port on your computer, there’s no need to fret. LaCie has made the all-too-rare move of including an adapter in the box to get you up and running.
The Mobile Drive measures 3.3″ × 5″ and is just 10 mm thick while weighing 6.8 oz. The enclosure is made of sleek aluminum, which is a signature mark of the Porsche Design series. Its clean lines definitely resemble the look and feel of Apple’s MacBook. It’s also available in a choice of gold or silver to match at least two of the 12″ MacBook color options.
LaCie claims that the drive is capable of 5 Gb/s transfer speeds. In reality we saw 144 MB/s write and 133 MB/s read speeds. We still consider it to be a solid performer.
On the software side, the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive comes with LaCie Backup Assistant for automatic computer backups, as well as LaCie Private-Public software, which lets you protect data with AES 256-bit encryption.