CES 2013: Lacie Blade Runner 4TB Hard Drive protects from backups lost like tears in rain

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lacie-bladerunner.jpgExternal hard drive design is, for the most part, as boring as tech comes. Nondescript black oblongs tucked aside your monitor or laptop, they’re nothing much to write home about.

Designer Philippe Starck doesn’t do nondescript though, and his new Blade Runner 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive for Lacie is a stylishly sculpted bit of kit that looks as though it could be lifted straight out of the movie that acts as its namesake.

As well as its cool chrome contours, the Blade Runner has the Starck logo as a backlit drive activity indicator and power button, as well as offering 10GB of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage.
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“In the Blade Runner, the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction,” says Starck of the peripheral.

As a limited edition piece however only 9,999 of the Blade Runner hard drives are to be produced. It’s more affordable than you’d expect at $299, so act fast to grab one if you’re interested.

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Gerald Lynch