The new MacBook Pro is not cheap in every sense of the word, which is why it is not targeted to everyone. However, for those who are planning to purchase the 2016 model of the device and are also seeking to grab for themselves a superfast hard drive, well, be prepared to spend thousands of dollars.
During the announcement of the new MacBook Pro, it became apparent to everyone that the company has abandoned Thunderbolt 2 in favor of Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. To be more straightforward here, Apple has walked away from all legacy connections, and only the 3.5 mm headphone jack has managed to survive the purge.
With that being the case, accessory makers had to adapt to this new environment, and as such, the first external SSD storage was announced by LaCie. The hard drive, as expected, relies on Thunderbolt 3 to transfer data at superfast speeds. We understand that the drive is called the LaCie Bolt 3, and the size is 2 TB.
"For the Bolt 3, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of the Thunderbolt 3 I/O and paired it with the absolute fastest SSDs on the market," according to LaCie. "With a pair of M.2 PCIe SSDs striped together into a 2 TB volume, the result is astonishing speeds of up to 2,800 MB/s."
Now, that might sound exciting, but hold the phone for a bit. You see, the cost for this thing is a massive $2,000, which is more than what the 2016 MacBook Pro model costs. Let's look at the fact that a storage drive costs more than the actual computer itself.
It Doesn't End There, Unfortunately
LaCie has enterprise SSD cards ready for those folks who have deep pockets. The devices are called the 6Big and the 12Big. According to LaCie, the 6Big comes in 24 TB to 60 TB capacities, while the 12Big runs from 48 TB to 120 TB. The 24 TB version costs $3,199, while the 48 TB version will set you back for a mean $6,399.
We can understand the cost for these because they are meant for the enterprise. However, the regular Bolt 3 version might be too much for a storage device.
Hey Guys, Any Alternatives?
Why, sure there are. Look, you can just grab yourself a regular 2 TB USB 3.0 hard drive and a USB-C to USB adaptor. From there, you'll be good to go. The speed won't be the same, though, but it should be fast enough for most personal cases.