Today LaCie introduced two new products for creative professionals – the 1big Dock and 1big Dock SSD Pro. The first is an updated single drive version of the 2big Dick drive that we have tested here two years ago and the second is identical externally but uses ultra-fast NVME SSD to produce outstanding sustained read and write speeds.
Both drives come in a low profile black aluminum case which was redesigned from the original 2big Dick with several important improvements.
Front and back of the new 1big Dock SSD Pro by LaCie
We had talks with LaCie over the past week prior to the release and have some interesting bits of information to share about these drives. Here are some key points:
- The LaCie 1big Dock comes in several versions of 4TB/8TB/16TB (7200RPM IronWolf Pro drives) and the higher end 1big Dock SSD Pro comes in 2TB and 4TB versions (using Seagate FireCuda NVMe SSD).
- Both drives have some new features compared to the older 2Big Docks including power pass-through and power delivery features which allow to (respectively) provide up to 70W and up to 45W to charge your laptop. Both also include an updated DisplayPort interface (DP 1.4) which supports up to 8K monitors or two 4K monitors daisy-chained. It also comes with Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 bridge that supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 hosts.
- Both drives have new UHS-II supported SD card readers in the front but the LaCie 1big Dock has a Compact flash reader while the LaCie 1big Dock Pro has a CFast 2.0 reader and CFexpress 1.0 reader (interestingly non of them has XQD reader but using the USB 3.0 connecter on the front you can connect your own reader if you like).
- Both of the new units use the same low noise Noctua fan as the original 2big Dock. We asked why it was even needed for the SSD version (given the aluminum enclosure which decapitates heat) and were told that it helps prevent the SSD from overheating after long use and getting some throttle effect which will reduce its performance when doing heavy read/writes (something that more compact NVME drives can’t really do).
Official LaCie 1big Dock video
The LaCie 1big Dock Pro is going to be exceptionally fast for video editing with 2800MB/s read and 2100MB/s write (we will, of course, have to test how well it can sustain these speeds in real-world tests). The LaCie 1big Dock which uses a mechanical drive will have a 280MB/s read and 240MB/s write speed.
Power delivery and power pass-through explained
Both units will come with LaCie’s Rescue Data Recovery Services and warranty – both for 5 years.
Different card reader options
As we did with the 2big Dock a couple of years ago we will be looking a closer look at both these products when they become available in the next few weeks.
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