Lacie Porsche Design P9230 USB3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Review

The Lacie Porsche Design P9230 is the latest addition to its range of external hard drives along with the Porsche Design P9220. This device can be said to be an all new breed of desktop external hard drive. LaCie has promised that this external hard drive will prove to be the ultimate blend of ‘looking cool’ and ‘delivering the most wanted’. In the following review, let us find out if it does the same.

Sophisticated design:

As the name of this desktop external hard drive indicates, the Lacie Porsche Design P9230 1TB & 2TB Hard Drive is a result of LaCie joining hands with one of the popular design brands in the world. These two companies first joined hands in 2003 to produce and icon and since then, they have created some of the Miss Worlds and Miss Universes in the EHD world. This desktop hard drive has a very futuristic design and the design brand has managed to do it again. The aluminium casing with a width of 5mm is very much capable of protecting your data in the drive inside. The highlight of the design is an adorable LED that indicates power. This LED is the element of the drive that gives it the sophisticated look.

Huge capacities:

The Lacie Porsche Design P9230 USB3.0 desktop hard drive comes in two huge capacities of 1TB and 2TB which is just more than enough for all your music, videos, files and games too. The difference in price between both the capacities is not much, you get double the capacity for just 30 pounds. The mobile version of the Porsche Design P9230 is the Porsche Design P9220, which is available in smaller capacities of 500GB and 1TB.

Software selection:

LaCie has included heaps of user friendly software suites into the Porsche Design P9230 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive. The first one of those is the automatic back-up system that is very easy to set-up offering ‘no worries’ automatic backup for both PC and Mac systems. The LaCie Private Public protection is built-in, which gives you the peace of mind that all of your files are both secure as well as protected , wherever you go. Like most of the external hard drives of this age, the company has also offered free external storage with Wuala. It gives a massive 10GB free storage for one year allowing you to securely store and share data.

Performance:

The Porsche Design P9230 sports the USB3.0 interface, offering you the fastest ever data transfers. And by fastest ever, we really mean it, for instance, you will be able to transfer a 1GB video in just 10 seconds. The cable included is also USB2.0 interface compatible for the sake of convenience. With USB3.0, you will be able to transfer as well as share all your media in minimal period. The sophisticated aluminium casing not only adds to the stylish looks of the drive, but also helps it dissipate heat. This feature just adds life to the drive. One of the surprising features of the drive is that, it also has an energy saving mode that provides about 40% power saving when not in use. This in turn increases the battery life of your laptop or netbook.

Box contents:

The box contents of the Porsche P9230 included the drive itself, USB3.0 cable that is USB2.0 compatible, a quick install guide, external power supply and a complete software suite including all the software that were mentioned above.

Warranty:

The Lacie Porsche Design P9230 USB3.0 desktop hard drive comes with two years limited warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

The LaCie Porsche Design P9230 desktop external hard drive is perfect blend of amazing design and incredible functionality. Overall, we can conclude by saying that the world renowned designer with the technical capabilities of LaCie has produced a very fine product, and we do recommend it.

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LaCie P9230 External Hard Drive – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer LaCie
Model Name Lacie Porsche Design P9230 USB3.0 desktop EHD
Model numbers 1TB: 302001EK
2TB: 302002EK
Colours available Aluminium
Dimensions (H x W x D) 120 x 190 x 38 mm
Weight 1 kg / 37 oz.
Interface USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0-compatible)
Cooling System Aluminium  cover
Available Capacities 1TB and 2TB
Spindle speed 7200rpm
Data transfer rate (max) USB 3.0 : up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0 : up to 480Mb/s
Compatible operating systems Mac and Windows PC
Security LaCie Private Public protection
System requirements Computer with a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
Latest version of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®,
Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
Check www.lacie.com/usb3mac for USB 3.0 Mac compatibility
Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
Special features Porsche design
Power saving features
Box Content LaCie Porsche Design P’9230
USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0-compatible)
Quick Install Guide
External power supply
Complete Software Suite:
LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant
Warranty 2-Year Limited Warranty