The brand new LaCie Bolt3 seems to be the fastest off-the-shelf Thunderbolt 3 external storage solution on the market currently aimed at those video professionals who want to leverage their creative capabilities while using the latest Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. Just as a reference, the Thunderbolt 3 interface permits daisy chaining and provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of the previous generation, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort 1.2, while also supplying power. This premium external storage solution connects directly to your brand new MacBook Pro or any other Thunderbolt 3-enabled computer via Thunderbolt 3 port thus providing 2 TB of storage capacity and up to 2800 MB/s read and up to 2200 MB/s sequential write speeds respectively.
Beyond that, the LaCie Bolt3 uses two 1TB M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 mode and comes equipped with Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy-chaining. This functionality allows you not only to level up your real-time 4K (and beyond) video workflows, but you can also connect up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices, two 4K displays, a 5K display and even power a compatible laptop, all through a single USB-C cable connected to your computer. With this technology, the tedious process of transferring terabytes of footage for hours becomes a thing of the past. Now, this process shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.
Further, the LaCie Bolt3 features a minimalistic black aluminum design with a blue LED on the backside along with a built-in active cooling system that ensures rigid durability and heat dissipation. You can either attach the Bolt3 to its stand that securely docks the product with powerful neodymium magnets at 45-degree angle, or keep the enclosure flat on your desk. According to the manufacturer, the LaCie Bolt3 belongs to the company’s limited edition series boasting breakthrough performance combined with the fastest SSDs on the market.
The provided horsepower under the hood of the enclosure comes with a hefty price tag, though. Currently, you should shell out $2,000 to get your hands on the unit which is way beyond the price of most consumer SSD storage solutions providing similar capacity. It’s expected that the LaCie Bolt3 will start shipping in January 2017.
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