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LaCie Porsche Design P9237 8TB Desktop Drive Review

LaCie Porsche Design P9237 8TB Desktop Drive Review
LaCie puts the Porsche Design spin on their own desktop USB-C solution, the P9237 8TB desktop external drive.
By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 12:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: LaCie

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Just a few months back, I had a go with both the Porsche Design Slim and Mobile 2.5" solutions from LaCie, and now we are back at it again with a high capacity desktop solution powered by the latest in technology, USB-C.

 

To remove any confusion, the LaCie P9237 as it is called is not a bus-powered solution but is rather featuring the latest in connectivity via USB-C. With that said, this device does hold some unique features including 8TB of capacity along with the capability of charging the USB-C MacBook. This is a solid feature in that while most devices will simply drain your MacBook while in use, the LaCie device will charge it. Compatibility extends to both Windows and OS X and with the included software the ability to swap between platforms.

 

The MSRP of the 8TB LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in at $319.99 with a two-year warranty.

 

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Packaging for the P9237 (LAC9000604) carries an elegant look as do most LaCie packages. Capacity is listed at the top right with connectivity at the bottom.

 

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Diving right in, we have the install guide printed right on the packaging for the cables.

 

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The scope of delivery includes a full range of cables including a Type-C to Type-A along with a straight USB-C cable.

 

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Looking over the drive, we have subtle logos placed on the exterior one in the center on the top and another at the bottom right on the front.

 

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On the edge, we find a USB-C connection and power input with an activity LED to the left.

 

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We have gone through the LaCie setup quite a few times over the years and this time around there isn't much change.

 

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Step two allows you to configure your device for multiple OS usage.

 

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Included software options are Genie timeline and Desktop Manager.

 

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Taking a peek inside the enclosure, we find that LaCie has used the Archive drive from Seagate in its 8TB capacity.

 

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Above is a benchmark that was sent to me to check out. It's quite similar to ATTO in that it uses several different file sizes but I do like the feature to the top left that shows you drive info. As you can see here, the P9237 achieved 190 MB/s read and 185 MB/s write.

 

A big selling feature of the LaCie P9237 is its ability to charge the USB-C MacBook, and with the testing that I was able to perform myself, I found that it actually charged the MacBook a touch quicker than the stock Apple charger. The build quality is quite good as it normally is with LaCie solutions and on the package side, I was happy to see a USB-C to Type-A cable included.

 

The performance left nothing more to want. At 190 MB/s read and 185 MB/s write, this solution reaches the upper limits of what a mechanical hard drive can do, the only thing faster in my testing would be for LaCie to put a Barracuda Pro inside a solution like this at 10TB.

 

The included Genie Timeline software with this P9237 is a solid piece of kit but is outdated by a few years. It's actually more efficient to just download the latest build of Genie Timeline for free from the vendor's site or use Time Machine if you are an OS X user. Overall, I enjoyed the P9237 and its capacities as both a storage device and charger for the MacBook by my side, but all of this does carry quite a hefty price tag.

 

 

 

Tyler's Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features96%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: LaCie's P9237 carries a hefty price tag for its capacity, but don't let that get you down. It offers tremendous capacity along with performance and can double as the charger for your 2015 MacBook.

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