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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt has everything a Mac user could want on the go: a rugged form factor that can survive dings and drops, incredibly fast speeds via the Thunderbolt interface and the cable is even built right in, so you'll never be caught without a connector.

The bright orange bumper surrounding the Rugged Thunderbolt might make the drive seem "bulky" to Digital Photography Review, but Cult of Mac says it gives the drive a "distinctive look" that makes it "easy to find in my cluttered office." Whether you love or hate the look, the rubberized bumper can't be removed. This is a distinct advantage as the Thunderbolt cable has been built right in, meaning there's no chance of you losing or forgetting your cord.

You'll be glad for the built-in cable when you see the "blistering throughput numbers" the Thunderbolt connection delivered for PC Mag, who also got "equally astounding" results via the USB 3.0 interface as well. StorageReview thinks it should "satisfy the needs of mobile users, whatever their use case may be," while CNET calls it "the fastest portable drive on the market."

The Rugged Thunderbolt might not be that sexy on the outside, but the way it survives a tumble certainly is. Combine that with the drive's impressive speeds, and you have quite an attractive package for any Mac user.
88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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87
Average Critic Score
 
90
Macworld
The improvements over the last generation of LaCie's Rugged drives are more than welcome, and a well designed captive Thunderbolt cable increases the drive's portability.
 
90
Cult of Mac
If you need to run games, apps, and videos from your external drive, you can’t go wrong with the LaCie.
 
80
BGR
There’s really no price that can be placed on peace of mind — when you’re working with unrecoverable memories and client portfolios, SSD is the only medium I’m going to rely on going forward.
 
90
StorageReview
The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable storage solution brings a lot to the table including great performance, unique design and superb durability for those who need it on the go.
 
90
CNET
If you want to keep your data safe from handling mishaps while getting the top Thunderbolt performance on the market, look no further than the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain portable drive.
 
80
PC Mag
The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (500GB SSD) makes improvements to a proven design and gives a half-terabyte of solid-state drive (SSD) storage to power users on the move. It's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny.
 
90
9to5Mac
With the 4TB RAID version, LaCie adds incredible size and speed that video/imaging professionals and people with big backups/lots of storage needs will love. The price at $400 is significant but not at all insane when you consider the SSD-class speeds combined with the big 4TB size.
 
80
Digital Photography Review
The Rugged Thunderbolt drive is a fast and portable drive that would suit any photographer who spends a lot of time traveling or working in inclement environments.
 
90
TweakTown
The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt is a great portable solution for those wanting both high performance and durability in a single storage device.
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