The LaCie Rugged SSD is a premium NVMe-based portable drive that is clearly aimed at professional content creators that are hard on their equipment. LaCie’s Rugged SSD is one of the fastest 10 Gbps portable drives that we have ever tested and should be of interest to those working with 1080P Full HD or 4K Ultra HD video. We managed to exceed this drives 950 MB/s top speed rating and more impressively that feat was done on an under $200 AMD X570 motherboard! You don’t need to have crazy high-end hardware to enjoy the performance offered by the LaCie Rugged SSD.
That said, if you are working with 6K or 8K video then you might be interested in the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro series of Thunderbolt 3 drives. They offer up to 2,800 MB/s for transfer speeds, which is essential for playback/recording of 8K video content. The only kicker there is that you need a Thunderbolt 3 port and the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro 1TB costs $400.56 shipped. The LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB drive that we reviewed here today is only $229.99 shipped. There is a big difference in price to go up to the next performance level and that will make the LaCie Rugged SSD series even more appealing to many.
LaCie’s Rugged SSD features AES 256-bit hardware-accelerated encryption. This is a must for many professionals as they want to secure their work and some clients require that their data is protected. Speaking of protection, the LaCie Rugged SSD is backed by a 5-year warranty and 5-years of data recovery services. Sure you can only use the data recovery service once, but how often do you have a failure that results in you sending your storage drive to a lab for data recovery. Hopefully that isn’t something you’ve had to do frequently, but if it happens you can send this drive off to a place where they have over a 90% recovery rate.
The LaCie Rugged SSD is easily recommended to those that are looking for a portable drive that was designed to survive life outside of the home, office and studio.
Legit Bottom Line: The build quality, performance and warranty are all top notch on the LaCie Rugged SSD and it should take a beating and keep working!