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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

Apple's not the only one with 'design' chic

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 6th January 2014 15:02 GMT

CES 2014 You can see yourself reflected in the bright shiny, mirror-smooth surface of La Cie's Sphère - a storage ball - and you'll pay a lot of cash for the privilege.

LaCie Sphère

LaCie's mirrored storage ball - see the keyboard reflected in it.

In this case mirroring doesn't mean data protection but the device's surface reflectivity, devised by a French designer called Christofle. The ball is actually covered with polished silver plate and has the posh Christofle signature stamped into it.

LaCie's marketing blurb croons: "Gracing any desk or table, the LaCie Sphère never fails to turn heads and spark conversation."

The product costs $499 and stores a terabyte of data inside its USB 3.0 accessed ball, using a 2.5-inch drive we think. There's no power cable, the USB link delivering power as well as providing data access. It comes with LaCie Backup Assistant software.

A 1TB WD My Passport Essential SE 1 Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) can be had for £127.99 on Amazon so you're paying well over the odds for this load of balls. But the Sphere will look good next to a Mac Pro with its mirror-finish black cylinder. Just remember not to put the Sphere silver ball on top of the Mac Pro's black cylinder because it will mess up the Pro's cooling.

Sphere on top of Pro

Not to scale... and DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

Seagate and LaCie have other CES storage goodies too:-

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