A few days after that announcement, LaCie introduced a USB 3.0 driver for the Mac. The driver, which works with the company's USB 3.0 expansion cards, provides Mac owners with transfer speeds the company claims are more than twice as fast as FireWire 800 (up to 220 MB/second). The driver requires an expansion card, so the only Macs that can take advantage of it at present are the Mac Pro and the 17-inch MacBook Pro. LaCie's PCI Express card costs $50, while an ExpressCard/34 card costs $60.
Next out was a Philippe Starck-designed USB 3.0 hard disk, the LaCie Starck Mobile Drive. The drive has an aluminum casing, making it a good match for current MacBooks and MacBook Pros. besides backup software for the PC and Mac, the system also comes with a year of Wuala Online Storage (10 GB worth). The Starck Mobile Drive is available in 500GB capacity for $110.
The LaCie Starck Mobile Drive wraps a USB 3.0 drive in a stylish aluminum enclosure.
The newest item is the FastKey, a USB 3.0 flash drive, which the company positions as a "real mobile SSD" (solid state drive). Also in a metal case, the device supports AES 256-bit encryption and comes with LaCie software that enables the creation of a private partition on the disk. The FastKey comes in three sizes: 30 GB for $150, 60 GB for $250, and 120 GB for $475.