30 October 2012,
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October 2012 Ian Chiu
Slim drives are in the spotlight lately, with Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba jumping onto the bandwagon with their own single-platter 500GB portables. But if you are willing to give up some storage capacity in exchange for speed, LaCie has a wafer-thin 120GB SSD that is also easy on your wallet.
The $149.99 Slim Drive P9223 by LaCie, powered by none other than USB 3.0, follows the same minimalist design set by Porsche Design. It has a thickness of a mere 11mm; to put this into perspective, MacBook Air is 17mm thick. The drive isn’t the thinnest but a few millimeters don’t make that much of a difference anyway. Its chassis is made of solid aluminum which doubles as a heat sink for fast dissipation of any heat build up from the NAND chips.
This particular model has a top speed of 400MB/s, 4 times as fast as the hard drive version (7mm 500GB internal). To reach this speed, however, you need a Mac or PC with USB Attached SCSI (UAS) – a protocol that overcomes performance and latency weaknesses of the aging bulk-only transport that has been around since 1999. Proud owners of USB 3.0-equipped MacBooks won’t have to find out as their laptops come with UAS natively. As for PC, users have to check with the motherboard manufacturer or laptop maker.
The PC based systems use our exclusive and feature rich Drive Manager software with advanced functions. Standalone systems are ultra-fast, high speed copiers duplicating gigabytes of data quickly and accurately.