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Lacie Rikki USB 3.0 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £69
inc VAT

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


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

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Hard disk Samsung HM500JI
Capacity 500GB
Formatted capacity 465GB
Price per gigabyte £0.16
Disk size 2.5in
Interface USB3
Power connector USB from host
Spindle speed 5,400rpm
Cache 8MB
Seek time 12.0ms
Weight 176g
Size 13x75x118mm
Power consumption idle 2W
Power consumption active 8W

Buying Information

Backup software included LaCie Genie Backup Assistant
Price £69
Warranty two years RTB

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