La­Cie Mir­ror

You’d need two for RAID 1

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Hard disks are never the most ex­cit­ing de­vices, but La­Cie works hard to come up with un­usual de­signs that make their hard drives a bit more in­ter­est­ing. In the past they’ve pro­duced hard drives that look like sil­very spheres and metal­lic sculp­tures, and now they’ve come up with the eye-catch­ing Mir­ror.

It’s en­tirely cov­ered on all sides with gleam­ing, re­flec­tive glass and is rel­a­tively chunky when com­pared to some of the lat­est por­ta­ble drives. How­ever, it only weighs 230g, so it’s still slim and light enough to slip into a back­pack with no trou­ble at all.

You don’t have to worry about drop­ping it, as La­Cie has used tough Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass to pro­tect the screen. The only things it can’t seem to re­sist are sticky fin­ger marks, but La­Cie in­cludes a clean­ing cloth with the Mir­ror. There’s also a car­ry­ing pouch and even a smart lit­tle ebony stand for when you want to sit the Mir­ror on your desk.

The drive’s per­for­mance is re­spectable enough, with the USB 3.0 in­ter­face av­er­ag­ing around 100MB/s for both read and write speeds. That’s not go­ing to break any records, but it’s in line with a num­ber of other por­ta­ble drives we’ve tested re­cently. La­Cie also bun­dles some handy backup and en­cryp­tion soft­ware too.

The only real draw­back is the price – it’s se­ri­ously ex­pen­sive, with 1TB of stor­age cost­ing a hefty £209. To be hon­est, it’s more of a fash­ion state­ment than a com­puter ac­ces­sory – but then that’s al­ways been part of the Mac’s ap­peal, and the Mir­ror drive will cer­tainly look great sit­ting on your desk along­side your su­per-slim­line Mac­Book and your Ap­ple Watch. Cliff Joseph

£209 Man­u­fac­turer La­Cie, www.la­cie.com

Ca­pac­ity 1TB Con­nec­tiv­ity USB 3.0 Weight 230g Di­men­sions 8x12.8x1.3cm

There are cheaper drives, but the Mir­ror will ap­peal to fash­ion­istas who like to stand out from the crowd.

Unique de­sign

Uses tough Go­rilla Glass

Very ex­pen­sive

Only av­er­age per­for­mance The Mir­ror is cov­ered with scratch-re­sis­tant Go­rilla Glass to pro­tect it when

you’re on the move.

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