Last updated on July 15, 2019
Over the years, data has grown exponentially in size, which requires you to invest more money into getting a hard disk. Since external Solid State Drives (SSD) are more expensive than the external Hard Disk Drives (HHD), if you are on a budget, the latter would be your best choice. If you are in the market looking for an external HHD, here’s what LaCie has to offer.
The LaCie Mobile Drive we have for review is a storage monster. It is 5TB and hearing that puts a smile on our faces because it can store all our current media files with plenty of space to spare.
As compared to the LaCie Portable SATA SSD that we reviewed previously, the LaCie Mobile Drive is much heavier. It weighs at 390g, which is roughly two times more than the iPhone XS. You will definitely feel the weight if you bring it along for work but then again, it’s 5TB of storage space, which could make having it with you worthwhile.
The LaCie Mobile Drive comes with both a USB 3.1 (Type-C) connector and a USB 3.0 connector. So whether you are using the latest MacBook Pro series, which only has USB Type C ports or other models of laptops that have USB 3.0 port, you can use the LaCie Mobile Drive with no issue. It also works with Thunderbolt 3 too.
The design of the Mobile Drive is minimalistic with a discreet LaCie logo hidden at the corner of the shell. If you have a modern desktop setup, the Mobile Drive will definitely complement it well. A silver laptop will match it perfectly.
Now on to the read and write speed. On the box, LaCie has a sticker on it that says 130MB/s, which we believe should be the average transfer speed.
Using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app, we put the HHD on 2GB and 5TB read and write tests, the result is as accurate as advertised.
The 2GB test yielded a write speed of 132.7 MB/s and a read speed of 137.1 MB/s. The 5GB test yielded a write speed of 134.6 MB/s and a read speed of 137.6 MB/s. We allowed the app to continue testing the drive and the transfer speed held up really well with just 3 to 5 MB/s difference.
Should you buy it?
The answer to whether you should buy the LaCie Mobile Drive or not boils down to your expectation of the performance and your budget. If you are looking to transfer large files in a short amount of time as you are always in a hurry, an external HHD might not meet your demand. On the other hand, if you are looking for an external drive that is cheap, has huge storage space and can read & write large files decently fast, then the LaCie Mobile Drive could be your next external HHD.
You can get the LaCie Mobile Drive at the Challenger Bugis Flagship Store or on Lazada. Besides the 5TB size, which costs S$269, you can also get the 2TB version at S$159 and the 4TB version at S$239.
There are also accompanying perks when you get the mobile drive such as:
- 1-month subscription to the Adobe® Creative Cloud® All Apps Plan
- 2-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan.