Just before CES 2014, a lot of anticipation swirled around the tech scene as to who would release the world first Thunderbolt 2 enabled device. After all, Intel announced its Thunderbolt 2 spec to the public the previous April.
Right now, three months into the year, I can think of only a few companies that have a Thunderbolt 2 product on the market, and one of those happens to be LaCie. LaCie has enjoyed tremendous success with their excellent line of backup and not-so backup storage solutions. I say not-so backup storage solutions because the solution we are about to look at is an absolute screamer, tearing through data in milliseconds.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is the next evolution of external storage solutions. It's capable of 1375 MB/s read and 1180 MB/s write in RAID0, and, with that kind of performance, I'm not so sure anyone would want to run it in RAID1. In fact, LaCie configures the LBD TB2 in RAID0 from the factory. Of course, the big reason this device is being marketed as the "World's Fastest Portable Storage" is the inclusion of two M.2 PCIe SSDs, both of which are 512GB and manufactured by Samsung.
Compatibility of the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 extends to OS X 10.8.5+, and, of course, you will need an available Thunderbolt 2 port for maximum performance, but it is backwards compatible to first generation Thunderbolt.
Pricing, Availability and Specifications
MSRP for the 1TB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is set at $1299.99 with a three-year warranty. Availability is slim-to-none at this point but should ramp up in the very near future as units make it to channel partners.
PRICING: You can find the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 (1TB) retails for $1,299.00 at Amazon.