On Monday during CES 2014, LaCie introduced the Sphère, an external hard drive that not only stores your files, but looks pretty in the process. The overall exterior was designed by Christofle, a French manufacturer of fine silver flatware and home accessories. This company is well known for its hollowware, crystal vases and silvery jewelry.
LaCie's new drive consists of a handcrafted spherical case of silver-plated steel. According to LaCie, this drive's outer shell requires a careful manual plating process. The shell is stamped, silver-plated and polished in Christofle's silversmith workshop in Yainville (Normandy), France. The result: a super shiny, reflective decorative piece that will spruce up any desktop.
According to the specs, the hard drive connects via a USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 compatible), and does not require a separate power adapter (bus powered). Unfortunately, LaCie doesn't provide any information regarding speed, but the drive currently only arrives in one capacity: 1 TB.
Bundled software includes LaCie Private-Public password protection, LaCie Backup Assistant, and Eco Mode. System requirements include Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.5 or later (LaCie Private-Public software requires Mac Intel processor). The drive's overall dimensions are 5.3 x 5.3 x 4.9 inches.
"With the Sphère, LaCie and Christofle have once again thought outside the box. In an industry where square thinking is the rule, this product reflects LaCie's innovative edge," Philippe Spruch, executive vice president, Seagate branded, CEO and chairman of the board, LaCie.
The LaCie Sphère will be available this quarter through the LaCie Online Store, select concept stores, and Christofle retail stores and corners starting at $490.00.