Lower cooling requirements
Thunderbolt products are finally starting to roll out. The Pegasus was a good start, and the Little Big Disk gives customers a more palatable price point. To hit the lower price LaCie does sacrifice a bit on capacity and performance. The move to 2.5" hard drives and only being able to accommodate two of them in its small chassis limits peak performance to around 200MB/s. Compared to USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 options however, that's not bad at all.
Now, this drive costs roundabout $140, which is a good $30 over the average price for a 1TB external these days. Is it worth the extra cost? Well, consider what you’re going to be doing with it. If it’s going to sit safe behind your monitor for a year, it’s probably not; it has no speed advantage and will take up more space on your desk due to its big footprint. But if you’re mobile, work in a shared space, or are just plain clumsy, it may be worth it to have one of these.
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