LaCie Rugged Mini USB 2TB External HDD

The LaCie Rugged Mini external hard disk drive is the smallest member of the LaCie Rugged family boasting the standard orange design, along with being shock resistant, drop resistant and sporting a rubber sleeve – a hard disk drive that bounces no less! LaCie have also added more ruggedness to the Mini, with rain-resistant and pressure-resistant features. Apparently you can drive a one ton car over it and it’ll still function! These features make the Rugged Mini ideal for outdoor use, whether that’s trekking around the Himalayas or on a construction site.

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LaCie Rugged Mini USB specifications

* Available in 500GB (7200 rpm), 1TB, 2TB and 4TB (5400 rpm) capacities
* Shock, rain and pressure resistant
* Password protection with LaCie’s Private-Public built in software
* USB 3.0 connectivity – up to 4x faster than USB 2.0 (USB 2.0 backward compatible)
* USB 3.0 – 5 Gb/s transfer rate, USB 2.0 – 480 Mb/s
* 5.3 x 3.4 x 0.8 inches (135 x 86 x 20 mm) 500GB, 1TB, 2TB versions
* 8 ounces (227g) 500GB, 1TB, 2TB versions
* Model number LAC9000298
* Automatic Eco mode – reduces power consumption by up to 40%
* Automatic backup software for both Mac and PC users

The LaCie Rugged mini certainly looks like a great external hard drive for those of us who need a great portable digital storage option or even for those of us who suffer from ‘slippery-hands’ syndrome around the office! Let’s see what others have to say about the LaCie Rugged Mini external hard drive.

LaCie Rugged Mini USB reviews

Amazon – 4.5 out of 5
Engadget – 75 out of 100
LapTop – 3.5 out of 5
PC Mag – 3.5 out of 5
CNet – 5 out of 5

So an interesting range of reviews, some good, some great. Let’s tease out some of the negatives to see if there’s a common theme. LapTop complains about the lack of pre-loaded utilities, some would see that as a bonus, plus they are not impressed with the design, again others would view it as a functional design, if not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. PCMag don’t like lightweightness of the casing and worry about it’s strength in more extreme conditions. On CNet there are NO negative reviews at all out of 29 in total, let’s move along. At Amazon, 9% of reviewers give the LaCie Rugged Mini only 1 star. One common theme among the one star reviews was a loose port in the rear of the hard drive rendering the unit useless once it fails. Of course you are covered by the warranty but still a right royal pain in the behind!

Despite generally favourable reviews, we’re going to give the LaCie Rugged Mini external hard drive a big thumbs down, mainly because of the common complaint among the negative Amazon reviews.

If you have this unit and are happy with it (or otherwise) feel free to let us know in the comment section below.

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