The folks at LaCie are known for busting out some of the best looking external storage devices out there; and with their more recent ‘Rugged’ family of hard drives, they have also been toying with the most robust of the bunch.
Here comes the latest addition to the Rugged family, the Rugged Mini, which has been shrunk to a pocketable size while still keeping the trademark orange bumper. The latest drive, which has also been designed by Neil Poulton, is rain, drop and shock resistant, while LaCie claims that a 1-ton car can drive over it and the drive will still work.
The portable hard drive features a USB 3.0 interface which removes any interface bottleneck for super-speedy transfers, but retains USB 2.0 backward compatibility. The Rugged Mini also features LaCie’s Private-Public built-in encryption to keep your data out of prying hands which is something we definitely like.
The Rugged Mini will be available soon, with the 500GB model starting at $99.99 and the 1TB model retailing for $159.99.[LaCie Rugged Mini]