Summary: Keep in mind, however, that the 1 TB version uses a traditional spinning platter. While the tough case is again a plus, the cost per gigabyte of storage makes that a harder sell compared to other traditional external hard drives, such as the Western Digital My Passport (Est. $90 for 1 TB) .
Pros: Fast Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, Solid state (SSD) technology in 120 GB and 256 GB capacities, Very durable for a portable drive, Good value for an SSD drive with Thunderbolt
Cons: Pricier than traditional portable drives, Largest capacity (1 TB) is not solid-state
Conclusion: If you need the fastest, rugged portable storage, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt is the drive you want. It's made for a Mac, but is strong enough for a PC, especially now that Thunderbolt is available on Windows laptops.
Pros: Speedy SSD. Thunderbolt Interface. USB 3.0. Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cable included. Ruggedized to take commuting abuse. SSD can be moved while in use. Easy setup utility.
Summary: Because this drive works well with both Macs and PCs, it is a lucrative accessory for all computer users alike. Furthermore, the latest USB standard, combined with a compact yet high capacity platform, makes the LaCie Rugged external hard drive a must-consider. Although the speeds will fail to impress 7200RPM disk drive veterans, the SuperSpeed USB helps to pick up the slack, as well as improve overall power efficiency.
Pros: Fortified- aluminum chassis absorbs drops of 7 feet, Stylish- exclusive LaCie design by Neil Poulton, Speedy- latest USB 3.0 specification allows 110MB/s, Compatible- bus-powered model works with both Mac and PC
Cons: Expensive- price tag higher than drives of similar capacity
Excerpt: So far most of the USB 3.0 products we've looked at have been designed for inside the home. Their plastic piano black cases, bulky power supplies and odd shapes have made them virtually useless for users on the move looking for real portable solutions. It is a bit surprising that most of these products that have mainly been little more than proof of concept enclosures have cost so much more than their USB 2.0 parts that they are replacing.