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LaCieWhile the USB-C-filled future will ultimately be great (it's a small, multi-function, reversible connector), the transition from USB-A will be harsh for many people.
Most computer companies still include standard USB ports on their machines, but those will eventually be phased out.
If you've recently bought a computer with USB-C ports and would rather rip off that band-aid now, I have good news.
LaCie has just dropped the price on their USB-C external hard drives. Most tech accessories are optional, and while that's technically true of external hard drives, I consider them to be essential. Few digital snafus are worse than accidental data loss; our lives are mostly digital now, and we should make sure to keep our data safe.
As usual, LaCie's drive is beautifully designed. It's meant to complement the aluminum finish on MacBooks, but it'll look great next to any computer. Aesthetics aside, though, this 1TB drive is relatively bare-bones. There's one port on it — USB-C — which is used for data transfer and power. This drive has enough storage for most people to create continuous, local backups of their computer.
The smartest move LaCie made with this drive is including both a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable in the box. That means if you buy this drive now and upgrade your machine three years from now, you'll still be able to use this hard drive.
If I were in the market for an external hard drive (or new computer for that matter), that would be a pretty compelling reason for me to make this my next external hard drive. In the tech world, finding products with very wide compatibility can be kind of difficult, especially during a port transition, so LaCie's drive definitely stands out.