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Very recent we took a long hard look at the hunter orange-clad LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB and walked away very impressed with what LaCie had created. That model was a USB 3.1 gen 2 beast. One which it was as rugged as it was fast. As we made mention in that review the LaCie Rugged SSD was not the premier/flagship ‘rugged’ model, rather the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro took that honors. Thanks to the good people at LaCie’s we can show you what this $399 (USD) 1TB model has to offer that the LaCie Rugged SSD series cannot.

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Without going too deep into things just yet, these differences vary from the subtle (better data protection) to the blatant (Thunderbolt 3 instead of USB interface) and are how LaCie was able to create a ‘Pro’ model which takes nothing away from the non-Pro variant. Instead is in and of itself a unique model worthy of its own special ‘pro’ moniker. This is rather refreshing as usually when companies create a pro and non-pro model variants… it is nothing more than a cash grab with only slight differences separating one from the other.

That is not the case with the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro. There are indeed a lot of similarities but the obvious time and attention to detail makes this a new and different external storage device. Different in a good way. We will go over the ins and outs of what has and has not changed, but with an asking price a hundred dollars more than the non-Pro model, the burning question everyone will have is simple: is this price difference justified? Is this model really that much better than the LaCie Rugged SSD? Considering how potent and robust the non-Pro model is that is indeed a rather high threshold to clear. By the end of this review you will not only have a firm idea on what each model has to offer, but which will be right for your personal set of circumstances, needs, requirements… and even wants. So, without further preamble let’s take this beauty for a spin.

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Nice drive. Any idea if all capacity drives will have the same seagate ssd in them? Do they advertise that drive being included? 
 

Companies so often change hardware in things like this that I often doubt what you will get when it isn’t advertised.

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Interesting question. Yes they do state in their specs sheet pdf that you can download. The tricky thing is... its only in the PDF. So it could be changed out at a later date. However, considering LaCie is Seagate and the new drive would have to meet the same specs it is unlikely that they would change it to a worse drive. Most likely if they do change it, they will change the model name. That is usually how Seagate and LaCie do things. 😉

This is the spec sheet for the 2TB'er and it too says what they use:

https://www.lacie.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/lacie-rugged-ssd-pro-DS2017-2-2001US-en_CA.pdf

 

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24 minutes ago, GaK_45 said:

Interesting question. Yes they do state in their specs sheet pdf that you can download. The tricky thing is... its only in the PDF. So it could be changed out at a later date. However, considering LaCie is Seagate and the new drive would have to meet the same specs it is unlikely that they would change it to a worse drive. Most likely if they do change it, they will change the model name. That is usually how Seagate and LaCie do things. 😉

This is the spec sheet for the 2TB'er and it too says what they use:

https://www.lacie.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/lacie-rugged-ssd-pro-DS2017-2-2001US-en_CA.pdf

 

I did not know this, thanks for the info GaK.

i know I’m going to need to buy more nvmes and sd cards soon, is there any external nvme drives that are shuck worthy yet or still cheaper to buy on their own?

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2 minutes ago, GaK_45 said:

You can sometimes find a deal but on average... nope. You will pay a premium for the enclosure vs internal version. It really is only moderately big HDDs where shucking makes sense.

 

Good to know about the SSDs in externals. HDD are definitely a different story. I grabbed an 8tb WD external for $135 shipped not long ago...it’s crazy, since you would be lucky if you got a 6tb without the enclosure for that price. That said, I don’t plan on shucking it (at least for the time being). 

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