LaCie recently took the covers off of two new external storage solutions, a Wi-Fi enabled model designed to work with iOS devices and a Thunderbolt 2-equipped drive that the company says allows professionals to stream and edit 4K and 3D video.

The LaCie Fuel, which LaCie’s new wireless external hard drive connects to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch units by creating its own private Wi-Fi network. Up to five devices can join the network simultaneously and access the drive’s content using the Seagate Media iOS app.

According to LaCie, the Fuel’s 1 terabyte capacity is enough to store 500 movies, 160,000 songs or 190,000 photos, coupled with a built-in battery which can power the drive for up to 10 hours on a single charge. What makes the whole hard drive much more attractive is that the Fuel is AirPlay-enabled, though it’s unclear whether the drive itself provides this capability or if it is dependent on the Seagate Media app. Files can be added to the Fuel by connecting with a Mac either wirelessly or via USB, where the Fuel appears as a normal external drive. Dropbox users can link the Fuel o their Dropbox account to automatically mirror data when added to the cloud storage device.



The company’s second product is the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, which combines two 500-gigabyte solid-state drives in a striped RAID 0 configuration with Apple and Intel’s second-gen Thunderbolt 2 technology. The package is completed by a svelte aluminum chassis and LaCie says a new thermoregulated fan “only turns on when necessary and produces nearly zero noise.” The drive, which is one of the first to sport Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, is capable of sustained read speeds of 1,375 megabytes per second, “several times faster” than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive, according to LaCie.

The product comes less than one month after Apple began shipping the all-new Mac Pro with a focus on ultra-high definition video editing. LaCie is touting the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 as an ideal solution for mobile video professionals dealing with 4K and 3D formats. The company says the drive will enable videographers to “capture 250 gigabytes of 4K footage on a Little Big Disk in the field, and then transfer the content to the post-production team in under 10 minutes.”

The availability of the products remains unknown with LaCie stating the products will be available “soon.” The suggested retail price for the Fuel is $199.99 while the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 pricing remains unknown.

Are any of you excited for either of the LaCie products?

Source: LaCie (Fuel) (Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2)