Not the most exciting news here, unless you’re a really big fan of everyone’s favorite multi-use, reversible cable. LaCie’s Rugged external hard drives now come in USB Type-C models, in capacities up to 4 TB.
LaCie, the high-end storage brand owned by Seagate, has found a nice little niche as the preferred external hard drive brand for many MacBook users. That’s partly due to their Rugged line — not only do the drives work with Macs out of the box, the tough rubberized exteriors make them ideal for use in the field. The new USB Type-C models aren’t much cause for excitement, though. Type-C is simply a different shape of connector, albeit a more convenient one, since it’s completely reversible — both ends of the cable are the same, and each connector is symmetrical, so there’s no such thing as upside-down.
What they won’t guarantee are faster transfer speeds — fortunately, those transfer speeds were already pretty good, anyway. These drives are Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0-compatible, with transfer speeds topping out at 130 MB/s. The drive can also be used with older Type-A cables or Thunderbolt cables using an adapter. However, it looks like LaCie hasn’t yet updated their RAID line of drives with the USB Type-C connector.
The LaCie Rugged USB-C is available now directly from LaCie. The drives cost $130, $180, and $250 for the 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB capacities, respectively.