We're not hating on TN panels, but when price is not an object, we'll take an IPS over a TN screen 10 times out of 10 (or 11 times out of 10 now that gaming performance usually isn't an issue). Alas, for most people price is an issue, and LaCie's latest 24-inch IPS display commands a hefty premium.
Pricing starts out at $1,250, which doesn't include the optional hood and blue eye colorimeter. What it does include is a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel with wide color gamuts. We're talking 102 percent NTSC and 98 percent RGB.
"For years, LaCie has designed monitors for digital artists who demand color precision," said Ahcene Tirane, LaCie Product Manager for Displays. "From concept to creation, LaCie developed the 324i with the highest level of color accuracy, and with a firm belief that when professionals have a tool that enhances their workflow, they can deliver their best work."
The display supports a native resolution of 1920x1200 (16:10). It comes equipped with an HDMI port, DisplayPort, DVI-D port, and Component connection. Other features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 6ms response time (gray to gray), and audio inputs.
LaCie has expanded its lineup of USB 3.0-enabled external hard drives (maybe because the Rugged USB 3.0 mobile hard drive it launched in late April had begun pining for siblings). The Minimus and Rikiki are the company's latest USB 3.0-powered HDD offerings. If you believe in love at first sight, then an innate predilection for “sturdy brushed aluminum”will surely boost the odds of you falling for these two drives.
"The Minimus and Rikiki USB 3.0 offer our customers easy and affordable options to access the super speeds of USB 3.0," Philippe Rault, LaCie Consumer Product Manager, is quoted as saying in a release. "Since these products offer backward compatibility with USB 2.0, they will work on any PC or Mac with no worry."
LaCie this week unveiled its Network Space MAX, a dual-disk Gigabit network storage and media server intended for home users. Extra focus was put on making the MAX easily accessible, regardless of skill level.
"Even for networking beginners, LaCie Network hardware drives offer a simple way to share one's media between multiple computers in the home," said Patrick Salin, LaCie Digital Home Business Unit Manager. "The RAID 1 capability of LaCie's Network Space MAX means users can be assured their valuable data is always safe and accessible."
LaCie's MAX solution comes equipped with two "large-capacity" hard drives that can be configured in either a RAID 1 or RAID 0 array, depending on whether you value security or performance. It also supports, UPnPTM/DLNA and iTunes.
Pricing starts at $280 for 2TB and is available now.
As any videogame player getting ready to choose to an on-screen character will tell you, speed and toughness don't always go hand-in-hand. But that isn't the case with LaCie's new Rugged 3.0 USB mobile hard drive which, according to LaCie, boasts the fastest interface on the market.
The result is speeds of up to 110MB/s, which is pretty darn fast. In fact, that's three times as fast as the speed of USB 2.0, allowing you to transfer an HD movie in its entirety in less than 3 minutes rather than the more than 8 minutes it would take via USB 2.0.
"We are pleased to add USB 3.0, the fastest interface available, or our most recognized mobile solution," says Anne-Sophie Marchand, Consumer Product Manager. "Now the most demanding customers can get the best performance out of a 2.5-inch hard drive -- making the Rugged USB 3.0 the only hard drive necessary for work in the field."
The Rugged drive comes encased in a scratch resistant aluminum shell. Combined with internal shock absorbers and a shock resistant rubber bumper, LaCie says its new drive can withstand drops up to 2.2 meters (about 7.2 feet).
LaCie sells the Rugged USB 3.0 in 500GB capacity for $150.
SMBs take note - LaCie has introduced a line of three new data solutions designed to make data access a lot easier to manage.
The new solutions include the single-disk d2 Network 2, two-disk 2big Network 2, and the five-disk 5big Network 2. Each one serves up data access to the tune of 70MB/s and gives users the ability to share files or backup Windows- and Mac-based PCs.
LaCie's focus centers on ease-of-use, and towards that end, the company touts its Web-based administration tool, which it says is a cinch to use. With little fuss, SMBs can manage users, groups, and shares and put in place data use quotas, GearLog.com reports.
LaCie is hitting CES hard right out of the gate announcing a new LaCinema device, network server, and Wuala USB drives. The new LaCinema Mini HD is a DLNA compliant media player capable of 1080p output via an HDMI port. The Mini HD has an internal hard drive that can be loaded up with content over the network or by way of the USB port. It will support 802.11n Wi-Fi and most codecs including DivX, MKV, and AVC.
Next up we have a network server that LaCie is just calling Network Server.It will support five drive bays, gigabit Ethernet, and runs Windows Home Server. Customers will also have access to LaCie’s Wuala backup technology, but no details were available at the time.
Finally we have the new line of CoolKey and WhizKey USB keys (that actually look like keys). They are only USB 2.0 instead of SuperSpeed USB like many devices we’re likely to see around the CES floor this week. LaCie did sate the drives would be capable of 30MB/s transfers and are waterproof. They will be available in sizes up to 32GB. They also come with 4GB of Wuala web storage for two years.
LaCie announced today a brand new storage option made available by USB 3.0’s massive throughput. John O’ Neill, VP of Marketing at Symwave boasted, “The end user experience of external storage is undergoing a very significant upgrade with the launch of USB 3.0 products. We are pleased to be leading the market transition with such a strong partner like LaCie.”
Lacie integrated Symwave’s dual SATA bridge controller, which touts burstable read speeds of 275MB/s, enough to perform real time streaming and editing of HD files. The 2Big USB 3.0 RAID drive will sport up to 4TB of storage and should be available early in 2010. The new product will be showcased at CES 2010 in January as well.
They both feature Gigabit Ethernet, seven RAID modes, as well as “improved performance, enhanced features, comprehensive backup support, and extreme capacity expansion.” The 2big will offer up to 4TB of storage, while the 5big can load up with up to 10TB of storage through five hot-swappable drives.
Both of these are available today, and will start at $319.99 (2big) and $799.99 (5big). However, if you want the whopping 10TB version of the 5big, it’ll run you $2099.99.
Sure, you wanted to add some extra network storage with a NAS, but you just weren’t able to find anything stylish enough. Well, if a basic aluminum exterior with a single blue light is your definition of fashionable, look no further.
LaCie’s Big Disk and d2 network storage systems pack 1.5TB of storage (with an eSATA port for expansion) and 3TB of storage (by slapping two drives together using RAID 0) respectively. Both of them support a multitude of backup software, and play nice with DLNA-compliant devices.
The d2 Network and Big Disk Network are currently available for $190 and $380 respectively.
You’ve got a digital camera, you’ve got a cell phone, and along with these you’ve probably got a few SD cards laying around that you just don’t use anymore. It looks like someone at LaCie had the very same issue, and decided to turn them into an extremely easy to use flash drive.
The LaCie DataShare is compatible with all SD and MicroSD cards currently on the market (SD/SDHC/Class 1 to 6), and comes with two separate sides, that let you discern your private data from your public data.
If this looks like something you could make use out of, be sure to check it out on LaCie’s site here, where it’s currently on sale for $9.99.