Three New Rugged LaCie External SSD Drives Announced

LaCie has announced three new additions to their external SSD storage line for videographers and photographers working on the go with full-sized media. These include the Rugged SSD Pro sporting Thunderbolt 3, the Rugged SSD with USB 3.1 Type-C, and the Rugged BOSS SSD with built-in SD card slot for direct transfers.

LaCie Rugged SSD Pro Thunderbolt 3 External SSD

Aimed at videographers working with footage up to 8K resolution or super-slow motion frame rates, the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro uses a Seagate FireCuda NVMe SSD inside and is capable of speeds up to 2,800 MB/s through Thunderbolt 3. According to LaCie, the Rugged SSD Pro “features the latest Thunderbolt 3 controller and is the first Thunderbolt 3 portable storage solution offering USB 3.1.”

The Rugged SSD Pro is IP67-rated dust and water resistant, can withstand 3 meter drops, and can resist a 2-ton car driving over it. LaCie points out that the drive can be immersed in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Available at the end of September 2019, the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro will be priced at $399.99 for 1 TB of storage and $699.99 for 2 TB. Preorders are being taken now.

LaCie Rugged USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD

The non-Pro version of the LaCie Rugged SSD calms things down a little bit, but still offers up to 4K raw editing capabilities. It offers speeds of up to 950 MB/s and is still IP67 rated, has a 3 meter drop tolerance, and crush resistance to handle being run over by a 2-ton car.

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD ships at the end of the month and will come in 500 GB1 TB, and 2 TB configurations with prices ranging from $179.99 to $499.99.

LaCie Rugged BOSS External SSD

Lastly, yet the product I’m most excited about, is the LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD. This external drive comes with 1 TB of storage, has an integrated SD card slot, and can transfer card files directly with speeds up to 430 MB/s. The built-in status screen on the top of the drive will show updates on transfer completion, capacity, and battery life. Once your files are transferred to the drive, the LaCie BOSS app for iOS and Android will allow one to view, name, and delete media. As a laptop to iPad Pro convert, I’m ready to give this solution a shot.

The LaCie Rugged BOSS External SSD will also be available at the end of September for $449.99.

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