LaCie unveils eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series starting at $199

Today LaCie announced the availability of the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series, its latest peripheral featuring Thunderbolt technology. This product delivers a solution for connecting eSATA hard drives to Thunderbolt-compatible Mac computers, making them backwards compatible. The eSATA Hub also boosts transfer speeds and allows users to daisy chain with other Thunderbolt peripherals.

Consumers with new Thuderbolt-equipped Macs who are interested in getting the best possible speeds with their existing multi-interface drives are no longer limited to slow USB or FireWire connections. In addition, businesses, photographers or other creative professionals who have upgraded their Macs to versions without ExpressCard/34 slots are now able to capitalize on their previous investment in eSATA hard drives. The ExpressCard/34 maximum bus speed is 2.5Gb/s, which limits eSATA 3Gb/s transfer speeds. The eSATA Hub clears this bottleneck, since Thunderbolt’s 10Gb/s provides more than enough speed to accommodate 3Gb/s. Achieve the full speed potential of your eSATA drives.

The eSATA Hub’s dual Thunderbolt ports allow users to daisy chain other Thunderbolt peripherals. This means users can connect up to 12 eSATA drives (6 Hubs x 2 eSATA drives per Hub) to a Mac while maintaining full eSATA 3Gb/s speeds. It also helps organize desktops by connecting both a Thunderbolt compatible display and storage device via a single cable (sold separately via Apple) to their Mac.

LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series
LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series is available through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Storage Partners starting at the suggested retail price of US$199.

More info here.

Source: LaCie


      1. Conversely, I’ve been using two _second-hand_ LaCie drives (one an F.A. Porsche, the other a d2) for about 3 years or more, without a hitch.
        I wouldn’t know where to find stats on this matter above anecdotal evidence, though.

        1. In 8+ years, I’ve suffered just a couple of bad power supplies. The drives worked fine with new PS bricks. I’ve owned three LaCie Porsche desktop drives, two Big Disk Extremes, a 4Big RAID, a Rugged portable, and two DVD burners. One of the Porsche drives is now 7-8 years old and still spinning like a champ. LaCie got a bum rap for a batch of bad power supplies about 6 years ago. As a creative professional, I know a lot of people with a lot of hard drives of many different brands. In my experience, LaCie is at least as good as most and better than some in terms of reliability.

    1. Is this device *not* a TB peripheral?
      There *are* eSata peripherals to plug into it…

      OTOH, color me bored with attaching two eSata drives this way. You won’t get the performance or RAID options of a true TB drive cabinet. And spending $2,400 (before drives and enclosures) to attach 12 eSata drives seems like a very expensive way to go.

    1. A big piece of that price is the hard drive mechanism. Hard disks are still expensive following the flooding in Thailand late last year that all but stopped production. Prices have still not dropped to what they were before the floods. Maybe later this year. Expect devices like these from LaCie to drop in price with cheaper hard disks.

      BTW, high HD prices are part of what caused lower earnings in the last quarter as reported by most of the Windoze PC makers. They have more HD based laptops and fewer Flash drive equipped model than Apple.

  1. I wish this was going to be sold for half of that $200 price tag. Then It might be worth it. Especially considering that it does not include the required $50 thunderbolt cable.

  2. Aw c’mon, I just want a cable to connect my OWC Mercury Elite Pro external hard drive to my MacBook Pro for my SuperDuper backups. A simple eSata to Thunderbolt cable, not a frickin’ $200 hub.

  3. What a bunch of gripers! I have thousands invested in eSata drives that this will allow me to access on newer machines. And BTW, I have about a dozen LaCie drives, and have never lost a one. Some now five years old. $200 is small change compared to having to run those drives on FW 800. USB3 is a joke. CPU intensive. We do HD video and we need at least eSata speeds. Buying many drives from OWC these days, but I still really like my LaCies.

  4. Pretty cool and useful, if it wasn’t so expensive…

    On the other hand, I have external drives with eSATA ports that have never been used (always connected using USB 2.0 or FireWire). So, it may be worthwhile, once I get a Mac with Thunderbolt.

  5. I little more patients before we have affordable Thunderbolt hard drives, (not just converters) solid state drives, mice, and XQD/CF card readers.

    Okay, maybe not mice.

  6. Look to intel regarding the slow roll out of TB devices. They have not licenced 3rd party manufacture, and are being pretty slow to fix their own production and get signifigant numbers of chip sets to market. Meanwhile those peripheral makers that have them are making hay while the sun shines, hence the prices… This is either intel with tech issues or they are trying to restrict supply to max out early adopter margins. Either way it is not a good strategy. The former implies they are less than competent technically or p,an ing wise and the latter is market manipulation and will reduce trust when it comes to the next “big thing”. This is what Sony tried to do with Betamax and lost badly even though it was a better technology. They didn’t learn and tried it again with blueray and will be burnt overall on that technology. They do the same in the broadcast industry. I’d hate to be a share holder in Sony. Some great products, particularly in pro areas, but a philosophy of trying to manipulate the market. It just doesn’t work. People are not that stupid. The Dr.

    1. where did Sony screw up in the broadcast industry?
      Last time I looked DigiBeta’s were everywhere. My workplace had 50! all in constant use. Things have moved on since and less tape is being used, but Digibeta was the de facto deck for the analogue to digital transition.

  7. I’ve had three or four LaCie drives over the past few years and they’ve died, The power bricks usually die within a year or so, and the interface circuits in the cases go next. Fortunately the drive itself is usually ok and all that’s required is installing the drive into another case. That sucks because I do love LaCie’s industrial design, features and price, but they just don’t last. Anyway, they show a configuration with a mac, this hub and an external display. Why would you want to spend $200 to do this? Can’t you simply connect the display directly to the mac without the hub? What am I missing?

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