LaCie Hub Now Shipping, Connects eSATA Drives via Thunderbolt

Announced at CES earlier this year, the LaCie's new Thunderbolt eSATA Hub is now shipping. The device allows external eSATA drives to be connected to Thunderbolt equipped Macs. The daisy-chainable hub includes two eSATA ports and retails for $199.

eSATA is a high performance drive connector used to connect external hard drives to your computer. eSATA has never been a standard option on Macs, but is a faster alternative to USB 2.0 and Firewire and is commonly found on high performance external drives and storage arrays.

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For those who are have existing eSATA drives or are waiting for Thunderbolt drives to drop in price, this could be a good interim solution. The Hub isn't yet available for order on LaCie's website. We spoke to someone at LaCie's sales center who told us the first batch had sold out, but that more were to arrive in a few days. Interested parties can contact LaCie sales directly to place an order for one of these backordered units, and it'll ship out when LaCie receives them.

Top Rated Comments

barkomatic Avatar
132 months ago
To think I waited and waited for thunderbolt to be introduced on the Macbook pro because I thought I could use all these fast new peripherals. Little did I know how stupidly expensive they'd be and that for the entire life of my computer I'd never once use that port.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
charlieegan3 Avatar
132 months ago
Awesome (sarcastic)

changed you mind quickly on that one :)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Domalais Avatar
132 months ago
The pricing on this doesn't make sense.


Why would I pay that much to get ****ed by Apple? I can get ****ed for a lot less than $250.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scarred Avatar
132 months ago
Thunderbolt continues to be a big disappointment. That is the one feature on my MacBook air that is going to waste. Too bad.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
132 months ago
They talk about eSATA being faster than USB2, but isn't it slower than USB3? So the only advantage of doing it with Thunderbolt is daisy-chaining?
Every hard drive has a SATA connector.

USB2 hard drives have a USB2 adapter plugged into the SATA connector.
USB3 hard drives have a USB3 adapter plugged into the SATA connector.
Firewire hard drives have a Firewire adapter plugged into the SATA connector.

Each of those translates the data from the SATA connector to their own format.

eSata does not translate data, it is a direct connection between SATA connector in the computer and the hard drive.

So no connector could ever be faster than eSATA. If you have a 5 GBit USB3 adapter plugged into a 3 GBit SATA connector, you will never get more than 3 GBit out of it.

Now all that said, this box is just stupid. Every hard drive in the world has SATA. SATA is electrically the same as eSATA. So instead of $200 for a box with two eSATA ports, which forces me to use bloody expensive external eSATA drives (a quick look showed a 2 TB eSATA drive for £180, while a 2 TB USB drive is only £85), it would be much more effective to build a box with two SATA connectors and space for two internal SATA drives inside. That would save the customer £200 on the drives, so the box would be worth its money.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Westside guy Avatar
132 months ago
You can get a USB2 -> eSATA adapter for like $20.

Which pretty much defeats the purpose of using the SATA port...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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