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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:56 am    Post subject: LaCie Unveils Drive for Mac Mini [Updated] Reply with quote

LaCie Unveils Drive for Mac Mini
Monday July 11, 2005

LaCie introduces a perfect companion for the Apple Mac mini the LaCie mini drive with up to 250GB capacity and either FireWire or USB interfaces. LaCie mini drive can be used to back up the Mac mini hard drive, add storage capacity, or easily transfer files to another computer with the same interface. Its unique four-corner crown fits exactly underneath Mac mini to create a stable, symbiotic harmony.

"LaCie mini is a perfect addition for anyone with a new Apple Mac mini. Extra storage will allow you the freedom to store more photos, videos, music and files than before," says Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Senior Product Manager. "With its compact aluminum design the stackable LaCie mini perfectly complements Mac mini while also being stylish enough to use with any other computer."

LaCie mini drive was engineered to allow for a natural cooling airflow to move between itself and Mac mini, which keeps both drives cool and safe while in operating mode. The crown is an important element that prevents the drives from directly touching, thus avoiding the danger of overheating.

LaCie mini drives offer convenient plug-and-play operation and no drivers are required for use with Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP. FireWire LaCie mini drives are daisy-chainable with other FireWire devices. Several drives can be stacked offering the flexibility of adding even more capacity while preserving desk space.

Features
- 80-250GB with 7200rpm, 2MB or 8MB cache
- Choice of FireWire or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports
- Stackable for adding more capacity when needed
- Compact and sleek design
- Ultra-quiet operation, just plug-and-play
- Driver-free for Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000

Availability
LaCie mini drive FireWire version is available immediately from the Apple Online and US Apple Retail Stores and both versions will be available worldwide through all LaCie channels beginning September. Drives ship with all necessary cables and Silverkeeper backup software for Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X.

Firewire
- 300996U LaCie mini Hard Drive FireWire 80GB $119.95
- 300997U LaCie mini Hard Drive FireWire 160GB $149.95
- 300998U LaCie mini Hard Drive FireWire 250GB $199.95

USB
- 300992U LaCie mini Hard Drive USB 80GB $119.95
- 300993U LaCie mini Hard Drive USB 160GB $149.95
- 300994U LaCie mini Hard Drive USB 250GB $199.95

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now we're talking. I love LaCie products.

It looks beautiful. I like the logo and the matching LED.

Looks like they were smart enough to consider heat transfer. That design would actually help to keep the mini cooler when the drive isn't producing it's own heat.

I wonder if it is using a fan and how quiet it is. I bet this will be the BEST option for a matching external mini drive but it will also be the most expensive.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant design! Very Happy

They thought about cooling! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a smart design! I give props to LaCie on this one, even though I bet it will cost an arm and leg.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They thought about cooling! Cool


This's what I'm most excited about. I don't like the front logo much though.

I can't tell from the 123macmini review, but is it a hub also? It doesn't sound like it is, just that it comes in two versions that connect through either FireWire or USB2.0.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This's what I'm most excited about. I don't like the front logo much though.


When are these companies going to learn that we don't want huge logos on the front! Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it just has a single passthrough to daisy chain another firewire device.

I know what you guys mean by the ugly logo thing. However LaCies logo is more of a status symbol. It looks like it's cut right out of the aluminum. Which would be really cool (and handy for catching dust Wink )

I hope they come out with a burner in this design with Toast Titanium and Litescribe.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 2:24 pm    Post subject: Pretty pricey for an enclosure... Reply with quote

Even pricey for a LaCie enclosure... that's almost as much as I paid for my Porsche Design 160GB drive... though I notice they're listing the PD 80G for the same price as the 80G, so maybe we'll see this discounted some in teh stores.

I like the cooling support, too.

Augh. Decisions.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont know what the hell im going to do. what enclosure to purchase.

its 200 bucks with the 250gb in it right?

what kind of drives are usually in lacie drives? and do they usually have that "smartpower" function the ministack had?

must say im a bit disappointed it not being a hub although that extra firewire port may just be enough for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: PS: don't like the logo Reply with quote

I don't like the logo either. They don't put a logo on the front of the Porsche Design case, it's a little one on the side. They should do the same here.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the prices are bad, and the design is wicked cool. These are $20-$30 cheaper than miniStacks and miniMates in the same capacities. It doesn't seem like these have a hub, so maybe there's your $20-$30 savings. I'm not crazy about the Lacie logo on the front, although, I've seen worse. I was going to buy the miniStack, but now I'm confused what one to buy. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you could find that person who was trying to colormatch the aluminum color with paint and find out the color you could use Bondo(I think this is the brand name) to fill in the logo and then paint over it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slickrick wrote:
These are $20-$30 cheaper than miniStacks and miniMates in the same capacities. It doesn't seem like these have a hub, so maybe there's your $20-$30 savings.

A USB/FW hub is easily that much, and mine keeps getting pulled off the back of my desk by my keyboard cable.
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If you could find that person who was trying to colormatch the aluminum color with paint and find out the color you could use Bondo(I think this is the brand name) to fill in the logo and then paint over it.


That seems extreme! Just slap one of your Apple stickers over it! Laughing


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slickrick wrote:
These are $20-$30 cheaper than miniStacks and miniMates in the same capacities. It doesn't seem like these have a hub, so maybe there's your $20-$30 savings.

A USB/FW hub is easily that much, and mine keeps getting pulled off the back of my desk by my keyboard cable.



I hate it when stuff isn't weighted down and falls like that! Mad
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