Lacie Rikiki Drive
A few mounths back Lacie updated their line of external hard disks, one of these updates was the Lacie Rikiki drive. A external hard drive which had an aluminium enclosure and a USB3.0 controller. It was mainly the USB 3.0, that was delivered for a good price, that caught our minds to review it.
The rikiki drive, which was released back in 2010 , was one of the first external hard drives to have a usb 3.0 controller inside of it’s housing. It promissed us speeds up to 600Mbs/s. But does it actually deliver these read and write speeds or is the blue connection of 3.0 just a selling point? Read on and fine out!
UNboxing and feature set
Lacie is a well known brand when it comes to hard drives, eaven at enterprise levels Lacie manages to combine looks with performance. And so does Lacie with the Rikiki drive. The model that we have is a 500 gig version, but you can get them up to 1 TB.
In the box there’s only 3 things. The hard drive itself, a USB 3.0 mini to USB 3.0 male connector and a little manual that explains you how to use the hard drive.
One of the key features of this device is it’s speed. Since it’s a USB 3.0 device it should perform almost 5 times better then a normal usb 2.0 hard drive.
Another feature that comes with the rikiki drive is a one year subscription for 10Gb of free cloud back-up. To acces this lacie redirects you with a link to the wuala website. In there you’ll need to fill in the information you’ve got from the box of your hard drive. Although the cloud back-up software isn’t one of the best out there, 10 gig’s of space on the net can be very useful.
Bundled with the cloud back-up service Lacie also delivers some other utilities that are , in my opinion, useless. The back-up software is descent but doesn’t have everything you need in a back-up software. What is does have is the option to schedule back-ups and upload them over your local network. But what it doesn’t have is back-ups on the ethernet or support for a back-up cd. When you want all of that you will have to build the pro version of the Lacie Genie, and this is something that isn’t free. But wat did you expect from a back-up software stored on a 80 euro harddrive?
All together the software pack is reasonably fair. What I would suggest adding software such as thumbdrive.exe to store all your favorite programms on your thumbdrive. This will come in handy if you wan’t to work on a computer on which you don’t have your programms stored.
For those who don’t know the difference between usb 3.0 and usb 2.0 ; here’s a little sketch:
As you can see the usb 3.0 has a few connectors in the back that are extra to the usb 2.0 head. These connectors only connect to a USB 3.0 female header. The reason why usb 3.0 is backwards compatible is the fact that they still use the connectors on the top that usb 2.0 used. In that way when a USB 3.0 male header is plugged into a usb 2.0 female it will only connect to the connections on top , resulting in slower performance.
The enclosure is made out of hard aluminium with a soft black coating on top. The hard drive is as small as a wallet and weighs about 180g. The usb cable is detachable from the hard drive which makes it great for transport. The cable itself is from a descent qwality and snaps in the enclosure fairly easy.
Although the hard drive looks and performs well the hard-drive does make some weird noises. When you place the hard-drive in a wrong position you will notice a ticking sound coming from the hard drive. And when the hard drive is suffering from the heat it starts to make weird noises, a noise that you’ll get from and old hard drive that’s telling you that it time to get a new one.
The Rikiki drive is one of Lacie’s budget external harddrives but certainly lives up to it’s expectations. Although it doesn’t perform as well as it should be, the beauty of the thing make everything worthy. Nevertheless this harddrive gets our Techinbits Silver award.