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After the T-Mobile/Danger data loss disaster last week, cloud-free products like the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive and the LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive have suddenly gained new relevance. We’ve featured a number of Philippe Starck’s stunning creations at Trend Hunter, and the famed French designer has released his inimitable sleek take on the external hard drive—a must-have gadget that doesn’t get a lot of love in the aesthetics department.
The LaCie Starck collaboration has yielded two external hard drives, one meant for home use and one meant for mobile use. The LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive has a curved front with a sleek status light that glows Philippe Starck’s signature plus sign, while the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive takes a minimalist (and space-saving) aesthetic.
Both models wrapped in aluminum casing—a choice that is pleasing to the eye, but also functional, as it adds durability without bulk. An embedded USB cable on both the LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive and the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive eliminates the loss of cables that often occurs while traveling. The desktop version also features a fun touch-sensitive surface that allows you to program it to run an application on your computer when pressed, a function that CNET determines is more about fashion than necessity.
It’s the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive that captivates me most, however. With dimensions of 5.4” by 3.6” by .7”, this is a peripheral that is small enough to pack in your purse along with your netbook, ensuring that even while traveling, you can still back up your files seamlessly. For more travel-friendly tech innovations, be sure to check out the rest of our posts in our Samsung Resource Center, which you can access here or through the widget on the right.