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Lacie Rikki USB 3.0 review

Tom Morgan
21 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
69
inc VAT

It's slim, it looks good and it's very fast - the perfect portable hard disk.

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Specifications

500GB hard disk, USB3, 13x75x118mm

LaCie's Rikiki portable hard disks are very sleek, with tiny proportions and solid aluminium construction. This latest model continues the design trend, but also supports USB3 for faster file transfers.

Lacie Rikki USB 3.0

Over USB3, the Rikiki performed very well in our demanding file-transfer tests. Large files were written at a fast 78.2MB/s and read at an even faster 83.2MB/s. Smaller files were slower, but 47.1MB/s writes and 44.19MB/s reads are still higher than even the fastest USB2 models. For a 5,400RPM disk, these are very impressive speeds.

Lacie Rikki USB 3.0 rear

LaCie has included the very useful Genie backup assistant software for protecting your documents. You can schedule whole system backups, or update your most important files more regularly through the friendly interface. Like most bundled backup programs, you need the software to restore your files. The Rikiki also comes with 10GB of free online storage, which is a useful addition.

The Rikiki USB 3.0 isnt much more expensive than a USB disk, yet has double the performance. The bundled software suite makes the £69 price even more attractive. At just 13p per gigabyte, the Rikiki is remarkably good value. It’s a Best Buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
AwardBest Buy

Storage

Hard diskSamsung HM500JI
Capacity500GB
Formatted capacity465GB
Price per gigabyte£0.16
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB3
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time12.0ms
Weight176g
Size13x75x118mm
Power consumption idle2W
Power consumption active8W

Buying Information

Backup software includedLaCie Genie Backup Assistant
Price£69
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.lacie.com

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