As creators, we find ourselves in rough situations. Shooting in the middle of a desert or snowfall or around water bodies is just another day at work for us. And so, having our data protected from the physical beating of nature is our topmost priority.  Imagine getting the chance to shoot the Northern Lights. But, coming back to your data being damaged by the extreme climates and snow. LaCieas Rugged SSD is packed with features that make it the go-to pick for professionals who tackle nature and love to go on adventures. The SSD comes with features such as Transfer speeds fast enough to let you edit 4K videos straight from the external SSD. 10Gbps data transfer speed over USB-C to make data transfer a breeze. Protective cover which helps it withstand drops of up to 3mtrs (10fts) Endures a payload of 2,000k (4410lbs) IP67 rating: protects the data dust and can also handle being submerged 3.3ft underwater for 30mins without any harm. 5-year warranty of the hard disk plus 5 years of data recovery services if need be.


The LaCie Rugged SSD Pro is available in 1TB ($400) and 2TB ($700) capacities. The drive measures 3.85-inches by 2.55-inches, and is around 0.7-inches thick. Inside is a Seagate (LaCies parent company) FireCuda 510, four-lane, PCIe/NVMe SSD. In simple words: it is a portable SSD with storage options to fit any need. The FireCuda 510 utilizes Phisons E12 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 controller that is built on a 28nm manufacturing node. It is a high-performance dual Cortex R5 CPU-based architecture with dual co-processors (CoXProcessor 2.0 technology) that handle flash translation layer (FTL) management, while the R5as handle mostly the reads and writes. Our 1TB review model interfaces with a 1GB DDR4 DRAM chip at 1,600 MHz to cache FTL data, too. Additionally, this controller supports up to 8 channels, with four chips enabled per channel. In total, there are 32x 256Gb NAND flash dies, saturating the controller's max capability. The dies are stacked into packages of 8 dies high, interfacing with the controller at 533 MT/s. In layman's terms: it is a fast SSD that can handle any size of data you throw at it.

The Rugged Body dimensions:

LaCie Rugged SSD is compact, measuring 65 x 98 x 17 mm (2.6 x 3.86 x 0.7 inches) and it weighs in at 130 g (0.3 pounds). The USB-C port is located on the long side of the SSD, rather than the short end, like most external storage devices. There is a white power indicator light on the left side of the port.

LaCie Rugged SSD Pro Performance:

We have been using The Rugged SSD Pro in our team. And our hands-on experience with it has been nothing but great! It delivered reading and writing speeds well over 2GBps in a couple of the synthetic benchmarks. However, the drive flinched once(figuratively) during our 450GB write test. That did raise eyebrows slightly. There might be some thermal throttling going on.

In Conclusion

It has been a breeze working with the LaCie Rugged SSDs. The super-fast transfer speeds make it possible to not worry about the size of the data captured. As we are sure we won't have time in the transfer process. On top of that, having the security that our data is protected from physical damage gives us the reassurance we go on adventures and click amazing photographs. The LaCie SSDs have opened up new opportunities that we did not have because we worried about protecting our data. The LaCie Rugged SSDs are a must-have in every Creator's camera bag.

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